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Current divider rule for five parallel resistors

The current divider rule is used to calculate the divided current that flows through the parallel resistors. Today you'll learn the application of current divider in five parallel resistor circuit.

Let's consider a parallel circuit with five resistors.
Current divider rule for five parallel resistors

One can see that application of CDR in 5 parallel resistors follows two steps:
  1. Find the equivalent resistance of the circuit.
  2. Apply the general formula to individual resistors.
Let's solve an example to better understand this.

Example 1: Five resistors of 2 Ω, 5 Ω, 10 Ω, 15 Ω, and 20 Ω are connected in parallel. Find the current flowing through each resistor when the input is 20 A.

current divider rule for five examples