Network analysis is a process through which we calculate various electrical parameters of a circuit element connected in an electrical network. It uses mathematical tools to analyze a circuit. Engineers and technicians quite often encounter circuits that contain multiple sources of power or configurations that resist simplification by the seriesparallel analysis techniques. Β In the next few sections, let us learn to examine circuits to find various electrical parameters.
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Terminologies in Network Analysis
Here are a few important terminologies used in network analysis along with their definitions.

Examining a Simple Circuit
As an example, let us consider the below seriesparallel circuit.
To analyze the circuit, first one would have to find the equivalent of R_{2} and R_{3}, then add the series resistor R_{1} to arrive at the total resistance. With the identified total resistance and the voltage of the battery, the total current can be calculated using Ohmβs Law.
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Inspecting a Complex Circuit
Now, let us consider a circuit with two batteries instead.
The resistors R_{2} and R_{3} are no longer in parallel because B_{2} has been inserted into R_{3}βs branch of the circuit. Upon closer inspection, you will notice that no two resistors are in series or parallel. This seemingly simple circuit, with just three resistors, cannot be reduced to a combination of simple series and simple parallel sections: it is something different altogether. However, this is not the only type of circuit defying seriesparallel analysis.
Unbalanced Bridge Circuit
Let us consider the given bridge circuit for the sake of example and let us consider it to be unbalanced (in other words, the ratio R_{1}/R_{4} is not equal to the ratio R_{2}/R_{5}). If it were balanced, then no current would flow across the resistor R_{3, }andΒ we could have considered it to be balanced and approached it as a seriesparallel circuit. Resistors R_{1} and R_{4} are not in series because there is another path for the current to flow across, i.e, through R_{3}. Similarly, R_{2} and R_{5} are not in series, for the same reason.
In the case of a twobattery circuit, there is no way to arrive at the total resistance due to the presence of two sources of voltage and current. In the case of an unbalanced bridge circuit, the total current splits into unknown proportions at the end of each bridge, so no further calculations can be carried out. So, when we are faced with multiple unknowns in a circuit, we use a mathematical process known as simultaneous equations or systems of equations. In this process, the multiple unknowns are solved by relating them to each other in the form of multiple equations. While solving multiple unknowns, we need to have the same number of equations as the same number of unknowns to be found to reach a solution.
Frequently Asked Questions β FAQs
What is meant by network analysis?
Network analysis is the process by which we find different parameters of a circuit component connected in an electrical circuit. It uses various mathematical methods to analyse a circuit.
What are the main components of an electric circuit?
The main components of an electrical circuit are a conductive path, a source of electric power, and a load that requires electric power to function.
What are the important terminologies used in network analysis?
The important terminologies used in network analysis are component, node, branch, mesh, and port.
What are the three main types of circuits?
Parallel circuits, series circuits, and parallelseries circuits are the main types of circuits.
What is a node?
A node is a point where terminals of multiple components are connected.
What are the main elements used in an electrical circuit?
Resistors, capacitors, and inductors are the main elements used in an electrical circuit.
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