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Branch Current Method

Use both of Kirchoff's laws. But be aware that an arbitrary application of Kirchoff's two equations will not always yield an independent set of equations. But the following approach will probably work.

  1. Label the current in each branch (do not worry about the direction of the actual current).
  2. Use only interior loops and all but one node.
  3. Solve the system of algebraic equations.

Doug Gingrich
Tue Jul 13 16:55:15 EDT 1999