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Verify the second equation in Example 21.5 by substituting the values found for the currents l1 and l2

The sum of all potential differences in a circuit must equal zero.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Definition of Kirchhoff's law

Kirchhoff's first law defines currents at circuit junctions. It states that the sum of currents flowing into and out of a junction in an electrical circuit equals the sum of currents flowing out of the junction.

Step 2: Given information and formula to be used

E1=18V,R1=6Ωr1=0.5ΩE2=45V,R2=2.5Ωr2=0.5ΩR3=1.5Ω

Applying Kirchhoff's loop rule we obtain:

-l2-l1R1+l2r1+E1+l2R2=0

Step 3: To verify

Consider the equation:

-l2-l1R1+l2r1+E1+l2R2=0

Substitute the values:

l1=18.5Al2=2Al3=16.5A

The sum of all currents entering a location equals the sum of currents leaving the exact point, according to Kirchhoff's junction laws. In addition, the second rule, known as the loop rule, stipulates that the sum of all potential differences in a circuit must equal zero.

Hence we find that result is equal to zero.

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