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Limitations of Ohm’s Law

In a series circuit or in any branch of a simple parallel circuit the calculation of the current is easily effected by the direct application of Ohm’s law. But such a simple calculation is not possible if one of the branches of a parallel circuit contains a source of e.m.f., or if the current is to be calculated in a part of a network in which sources of e.m.f. may be present in several meshes or loops forming the network. The treatment of such cases is effected by the application of fundamental principles of electric circuits. These principles were correlated by Kirchhoff many years ago and enunciated in the form of two laws, which can be considered as the foundations of circuit analysis. Other, later, methods have been developed, which when applied to special cases considerably shorten the algebra and arithmetic computation compared with the original Kirchhoff’s method.