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Norton's theorem


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    1. Make an electric network using specific resistors and voltage sources.
    2. Determine the current through the load resistance in the original circuit using an ammeter.
    3. Determine  the equivalent norton current INO, Norton resistance RNO
    Steps to find Norton eqivalent  resistance RNO and  Current INO
    a) Calculate the out put current for zero load resistance.This gives INO
    b) Calculate the out put voltage V  for infinite load resistance ie under open circuit condition.
    c) RNO equals V divided by INO .
    An example for Norton equivalent circuit    

    Step:1  Original circuit.


    Step 2: Calculating Norton equivalent current.


    Step 3:Calculating the Norton equivalent resistance





RNO=V / INO = 8/0.44= 18.18 ohm


    Now the Norton equivalent circuit is given by.


4. To make a current source connect a suitable resistance in series with a voltage source as shown in the last picture.

5. Construct  the norton equivalent circuit and hence find  the load current .

6. Show that in both case the load currents are equal,hence verify that Norton's theorem is correct.


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  • Voltmeter: A voltmeter is an instrument used for measuring the electrical potential difference between two points in an electric circuit. Analog voltmeters move a pointer across a scale in proportion to the voltage of the circuit; digital voltmeters give a numerical display of voltage by use of an analog to digital converter.
  • Ammeter: An ammeter is a measuring instrument used to measure the electric current in a circuit. Electric currents are measured in amperes (A), hence the name.
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