## What is Norton Theorem?

**Norton’s Theorem**(aka Mayer–Norton theorem) states that it is possible to simplify any linear circuit to an equivalent circuit with a single current source and equivalent parallel resistance connected to a load. The simplified circuit is known as the Norton Equivalent Circuit.

**Norton’s Theorem** is an alternative to the Thevenin Theorem. In Norton’s theorem, the circuit network is reduced into a single constant current source in which, the equivalent internal resistance is connected in parallel with it. Every voltage source can be converted into an equivalent current source.

Suppose, in a complex network we have to find out the current through a particular branch. If the network has one or more active sources, these will supply current to the said branch.

As in the said branch current comes from the rest of the network, it can be considered that the network itself is a current source. The equivalent impedance of the network across the branch is nothing but the impedance of the equivalent current source, and hence it is connected in parallel.

The equivalent resistance of a network is the equivalent electrical resistance of the network when someone looks back into the network from the terminals where said branch is connected. During calculating this equivalent resistance, all sources are removed leaving their internal resistances in the network.

Actually, in **Norton Theorem**, the branch of the network through which we have to find out the current, is removed from the network. After removing the branch, we short circuit the terminals where the said branch was connected.

Then we calculate the short circuit current that flows between the terminals. This current is nothing but Norton equivalent current I_{N} of the source.

The equivalent resistance between the said terminals with all sources removed leaving their internal resistances in the circuit is calculated and say, it is R_{N}. Now we will form a current source that’s current is I_{N} A and internal shunt resistance is R_{N} Ω.

For getting a clearer understanding of Norton’s theorem, we have discussed an example of how to find the Norton Equivalent Circuit below.

## How to Find Norton Equivalent Circuit

In the example, two resistances R_{1} and R_{2} are connected in series and this series combination is connected across one voltage source of emf E with internal resistance R_{i} as shown.

A series combination of one resistive branch of R_{L} and another resistance R_{3} is connected across the resistance R_{2} as shown. Now we have to find out the current through R_{L} by applying Norton Theorem.

First, we have to remove the resistance R_{L} from terminals A and B and make the terminals A and B short-circuited by zero resistance.

Second, we have to calculate the short circuit current or Norton equivalent current I_{N} through the points A and B.

The equivalent resistance of the network,

To determine internal resistance or Norton equivalent resistance R_{N} of the network under consideration, remove the branch between A and B and also replace the voltage source by its internal resistance. Now the equivalent resistance as viewed from open terminals A and B is _{N},

As per **Norton Theorem**, when resistance R_{L} is reconnected across terminals A and B, the network behaves as a source of constant current I_{N} with shunt connected internal resistance R_{N} and this is Norton equivalent circuit.

## Norton Equivalent Circuit Example

Below is an example of a Norton Equivalent Circuit. See the example above for How To Find the Norton Equivalent Circuit.