Kirchhoff's laws deal with the calculation of current and voltage in electric circuit analysis. This laws summarized the research of Georg Ohm and James Clerk Maxwell. Kirchhoff's laws are flexible because we can use these in frequency and time domain. We need to learn about these fundamental analysis theory.

## Kirchhoff's Laws

Ohm's law alone is not suffiecient to cover the analyzing electric circuit. But, if we pair it with Kirchhoff's two laws, we get a powerful set of analyzing a large variety of electric circuit. Kirchhoff's laws is introduced back when 1824 - 1887 by Gustav Robert Kirchhoff. Thus, these laws are known as Kirchhoff's current laws (KCL) and Kirchhoff's voltage laws (KVL).

## Kirchhoff's Current Law

Kirchhoff's first law is based on the law of conservation of charge that requires that the algebraic sum of charge within a system cannot change. Hence,

Kirchhoff's current laws (KCL)states that the algebraic sum of currents entering a node (or a closed boundary) is zero.

The mathematic equation of KCL is

(1) |

where :

N = number of branches which connected to the node

i

_{n}= the*n*th current entering or leaving the node
With this law, currents entering a node can be assumed as positive, while the leaving currents as negative or vice versa.

In order to prove KCL, a set of currents

*i*1,2,....., flow into a node, the algebraic sum of current at that node is_{k}(t), k =(2) |

Integrating both sides of Equation.(2) makes

(3) |

where

*q*and_{k}(t) = ∫ i_{k}(t)dt*q*. But the law of conservation of electric charge requires an algebraic sum of electric charges at the node must not change._{T}(t) = ∫ i_{T}(t)dt
Thus,

*q*= 0 so that_{T}(t)*i*= 0, confirming the validity of KCL._{T}(t)
Please give attention to Figure.(1) below, an ilustrated KCL.

Figure 1. Kirchhoff current law |

Consider the node in Figure.(1). Applying the KCL makes

(4) |

since the currents

*i*,_{1}*i*,and_{3}*i*are entering the node, while the_{4}*i*and_{2}*i*are leaving the node, we can arrange the Equation.(4) to_{5}(5) |

Equation.(5) is an alternative form of KCL:

The sum of currents entering a node is equal to the sum of the currents leaving the node.

Take a note that KCL also applies to a closed boundary. Therefore, this can be generalized case because a node may be assumed as a closed surface shrunk to a point. Figure.(2) is illustrating a two dimensions boundary where the total currents entering the closed surface is equal to the total current leaving the surface.

Figure 2. Kirchhoff current law closed boundary |

For easier explanation, let us imagine some current sources connected together in parralel. The combined current is the algebraic sum of the current supplied by individual sources. Then, this example can be seen ini Figure.(3a) and then combined to make connection in Figure.(3b).

Figure 3. Equivalent example of Kirchhoff current law |

The combined or equivalent current source can be found by applying KCL to node a.

(6) |

A circuit cannot contain two different current

*I*and_{1}*I*in series unless_{2}*I*=_{1}*I*._{2}## Kirchhoff's Voltage Law

Kirchhoff's second law is based on the principle of conservation of energy :

Kirchhoff's voltage law (KVL)states that the algebraic sum of all voltages around a closed path (or loop) is zero.

With mathematic equation, KVL states

(7) |

where

*M*is the number of voltages in the loop (or the number of branches in the loop) and*v*is the_{m}*m*th voltage.
For better understanding, please take a look on Figure.(4).

Figure 4. Kirchhoff voltage law |

The sign on each voltage is the polarity of the terminal encountered first as we travel around the loop. So that, we can start with any branch and go around the loop either clockwise direction or counterclockwise. Assume we start with clockwise direction then the voltages would be -

*v*_{1}, +*v*_{2}, +*v*_{3}, -*v*_{4}, and +*v*_{5}in order. Hence the KVL yields(8) |

Rearranging equation gives

(9) |

Which may be interpreted as

(10) |

For example for the voltage sources in Figure.(5a),

Figure 5. Kirchhoff voltage law equivalent circuit |

the combined or equivalent voltage source in Figure.(5b) is obtained by using KVL.

(11) |

Using two differerent voltages in parallel is violating KVL unless the values are the same.

## Kirchhoff's Laws Examples

To help you understand better, let us review example below.**1.For circuit in Figure.(6), find voltages**

*v*and_{1}*v*._{2}Figure 6 |

__Solution :__
To find

*v*_{1 }and*v*, we apply Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's voltage law._{2}
Assume the current is flowing in clockwise direction.

From Ohm's law,

*v*= 2

_{1}*i*,

*v*

_{2 }= -3

*i..............(1.1)*

Applying KVL

-20 +

*v*_{1 }-*v*_{2 }= 0..............(*1.**2*)
Substituting equation

*(1.1)*and*(**1.**2)*above, we get
-20 + 2

*i*+ 3*i*= 0
or

5

*i*= 20
then

*i*= 4 A

Substituting

*i*in*(1.1)*we get*v*

_{1}= 8 V and

*v*

_{2 }= - 12 V

**2.Determine**

*v*_{o}and*i*in Figure.(7)Figure 7 |

__Solution :__
We apply KVL around the loop, gives

- 12 + 4

*i*+ 2*vo*- 4 + 6*i*= 0............(2.1)
Applying Ohm's law to 6Ω gives

*v*

_{o}= -6

*i...........*(2.2)

Substituting (2.1) and (2.2) gives

-16 + 10

*i*- 12*i*= 0 =>*i*= -8 A
and

*v*

_{o}= 48 V

## Kirchhoff's Voltage Law Calculator

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## Kirchhoff's Current Law Calculator

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