My question is very direct. I understand the definitions and formulas involved in the association of resistors in both series and parallel, but when solving the circuit below, I don't quite understand whether or not to consider resistors R5 and R6, and how to do it, when trying to find the equivalent resistance between terminals A and B.
Re-arrange the circuit and it'll be easier to solve:
The idea is simple:
1. Node name doesn't change along a wire. Node B is a good example:
- For B, there's only a wire downwards, so the left-end of both R5 and R6 is B.
- For B, there's only wire to the right until R8's bottom end, so all these nodes along this way are B. This makes right-ends of both R5 and R6 B.
2. When you see a resistor along a wire then change the node name.
3. If a resistor has the same node names at its both ends then simply delete that resistor and replace it with wire with the respective node name. Because it's shorted. R5 and R6 is a good example since they both have B on their both ends.
Now let's re-arrange the circuit using the node names:
It's way much easier to read, innit?
I'm leaving finding the equivalent resistance between A and B to someone else (ideally, you).
So you can forget R5 and R6 because they are parallel to a short. Also: R3 and R4 are parallel.
This leads to the following schematic
Don't look at the values, they are just the default values in the schematic editor.
We can now continue to simplify. R7 and R8 are in Series so can just be added together. R3 and R4 are parallel, so we also combine them...
Now we see that R3|R4 and R7+R8 are parallel, so let's simplify again.
Now we can simplyfiy again because R2 and (R3|R4)|(R7+R8) are in series.
And now we have R1 and R2+((R3|R4)|(R7+R8)) parallel...