# Diodes and resistors theory

I came across a problem which I cannot calculate by theory.

How does this circuit with diodes and resistors work?

In the above diahram, I can calculate the current simply by subtracting the voltage drop of the diode from the source voltage which gives 11.4V (the green value in picture.) 11.4 divided by 2k (the total of the resistors) gives 5.7 mA that is drawn and we can work out the voltage drop over each resistor.

The next circuit confuses me.

Can someone please explain how we get the current through every component and the voltage drops? The other thing a normal voltage divider of 1k and 1k, 2k in total on a 12V supply will draw 6mA but in the diode circuit R3 only draws 4.2 mA.

• Does this answer your question? diode and resistor in parallel with resistor Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 11:47
• No not really but wil do research about the shocky equation. Thanks. Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 11:51
• Turn that circuit upside down then rethink what you said. Else use Millman's theorem. Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 12:05
• Apparently, this problem wants you to ignore Shockley, and to assume that D1 always drops 0.6 V.
– CL.
Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 12:13
• Use Kirchhoff's laws, and algebra.
– CL.
Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 12:16