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current divider rule

verb; zero derivation
To use a formula to find the current across one of two circuit elements in parallel. The proper usage would be ‘to use the current divider rule’, but the rule became commonplace in the second homework assignment that it was shortened to ‘to current divider rule’. However, it cannot be shortened to ‘to divider rule’ because the less common ‘voltage divider rule’ also exists. Nor can it simply be clipped to “to divide” because that would imply the usual division computation. To use the current divider rule means to notice that two circuit elements are in parallel and then use the appropriate formula to find the current across one of the two elements. Almost always used as a noun, it has evolved into a verb during long group sessions of ELEC 241 homework.
 
Don’t use Kirchoff’s Laws for that circuit, just current divider rule it.
Etymology : Zero derivation from the noun current divider rule
Source : elec friend
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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