Author Topic: For your amusement - an animation of circuit simplification  (Read 852 times)

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Offline Ducttape

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For your amusement - an animation of circuit simplification
« on: January 30, 2017, 04:46:58 pm »
A few weeks back someone posted a question regarding how to solve a simple series-parallel circuit. I didn't respond at the time but it bothered me that I've never seen (and I've looked) a clear description of the basic algorithm you go through to solve this type of problem.

Well, I gave it a shot but I'm sure there are examples where the algorithm falls short. It's a start.

Basically:
1. Identify each node
2. Identify component pairs that share the same 2 nodes.
3. redraw the connecting lines to clarify the parallel relationship.
4. all serial relationships can be solved once all parallel relationships are simplified.

I would have put this in the beginners forum but technically it's not a question, so I put it here. I would have just attached the gif but it's a couple of MB, so too big.

At least it's kind of fun to watch. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IiFmQQuiO8&feature=youtu.be
« Last Edit: January 30, 2017, 04:58:14 pm by Ducttape »
 

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Re: For your amusement - an animation of circuit simplification
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2017, 05:10:04 pm »
Don't forget 'rinse and repeat'.  Components in parallel will simplify then add to components in series all in parallel with ....

I like the node coloring.  In fact, I REALLY like the node coloring!
 
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Re: For your amusement - an animation of circuit simplification
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2017, 05:20:10 pm »
Don't forget 'rinse and repeat'.  Components in parallel will simplify then add to components in series all in parallel with ....
You're right. Doing an animation takes more work than I originally expected  :phew: so I left out some stuff.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2017, 05:22:02 pm by Ducttape »
 


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