any ee's in here?
can't figure this out for the life of me.
each resistor is 7 ohms. source voltage is 32 volts. What is Ix?
If current can split into one resistor or another, then the resistors are in parallel. If the current must go into more than one resistor, then the resistors are in series. Combine into one resistor and use ohm's law. Or use nodal/mesh analysis and solve a bunch of equations.
EE reporting in. If you can't even handle basic circuit analysis like this you should just drop out. You won't make it if you can't even find the current of such an easy problem.
He's right, though. If you had even tried googling how to solve this type of problem, you probably would have encountered an identical or at least very similar problem. You could have searched for any of several hundred flash or java circuit simulators, and simply let the computer solve it for you. Hell, you could go old school and crack open any basic electronics textbook and figure out how to solve this problem after reading the first chapter. Assuming you're in school, you have teachers and TAs you could email or talk to in person who would be glad to help you figure out this problem. But no, instead, you're going to post a shitty homework thread on /sci/ and bitch when someone tells you you're retarded instead of wasting their time to hold your hand and work through the problem for you.
In general, no. But with this one it's easy to keep track without doing so since it's always the same part being simplified: R4+R5->R45 +R3->R345 +R2->R2345 + R1->Rtotal
Easy shit is easy. I'm sorry that the real world doesn't reinforce your illusion of being a special snowflake. And no, I'm not saying that because I'm jealous or afraid of you.