Convexity of Resistive Circuit Characteristics
We give topological criteria for the convexity and the concavity of a current or a voltage in a resistive circuit, as a function of a source voltage or current, when the nonlinear resistor characteristics are all either convex or concave. When the criteria are satisfied, all circuits with the same structure will have a convex, or all will have a concave transfer characteristic. The application of the criterion to ladder circuits leads to explicit and easily verifyable conditions.
Record created on 2005-07-13, modified on 2016-08-08