Kirchhoff's circuit laws

Kirchhoff's circuit laws
a pair of fundamental natural laws dealing with the relations of currents at a junction and the voltages around a loop
See Also: Kirchhoffs current law, Kirchhoffs voltage law

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  • Kirchhoff's circuit laws — are two equalities that deal with the conservation of charge and energy in electrical circuits, and were first described in 1845 by Gustav Kirchhoff.[1] Widely used in electrical engineering, they are also called Kirchhoff s rules or simply… …   Wikipedia

  • Kirchhoff's circuit rules — or Kirchhoff s laws Two statements, developed by Gustav Kirchhoff, about complex circuits that embody the laws of conservation (see conservation law) of electric charge and energy. They are used to determine the value of the electric current in… …   Universalium

  • Kirchhoff's laws — Not to be confused with Kerckhoffs principle. There are several Kirchhoff s laws, all named after Gustav Robert Kirchhoff:* Kirchhoff s circuit laws * Kirchhoff s law of thermal radiation * Kirchhoff s Equations * Kirchhoff s Three Empirical Laws …   Wikipedia

  • Laws of science — The laws of science are various established scientific laws, or physical laws as they are sometimes called, that are considered universal and invariable facts of the physical world. Laws of science may, however, be disproved if new facts or… …   Wikipedia

  • circuit — circuital, adj. /serr kit/, n. 1. an act or instance of going or moving around. 2. a circular journey or one beginning and ending at the same place; a round. 3. a roundabout journey or course. 4. a periodical journey from place to place, to… …   Universalium

  • Kirchhoff — /keerddkh hawf/, n. Gustav Robert /goos tahf rddoh berddt/, 1824 87, German physicist. * * * (as used in expressions) Kirchhoff s circuit rules Kirchhoff s laws Kirchhoff Gustav Robert * * * …   Universalium

  • Kirchhoff's voltage law — noun a law showing that energy is conserved around an electrical circuit: The directed sum of the electrical potential differences around a circuit must be zero. See Also: Kirchhoffs circuit laws, Kirchhoffs current law …   Wiktionary

  • Kirchhoff's current law — noun a law showing that electric charge is conserved around an electrical circuit: At any point in an electrical circuit where charge density is not changing in time, the sum of currents flowing towards that point is equal to the sum of currents… …   Wiktionary

  • Kirchhoff's laws — /ˈkɜkɒfs lɔz/ (say kerkofs lawz) plural noun Physics two laws relating to electrical circuits which state: 1. that in any network of wires the algebraic sum of the currents which meet at a point is zero. 2. that the algebraic sum of the… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • Kirchhoff's laws — noun (physics) two laws governing electric networks in which steady currents flow: the sum of all the currents at a point is zero and the sum of the voltage gains and drops around any closed circuit is zero • Topics: ↑physics, ↑natural philosophy …   Useful english dictionary

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