# Mesh current method steps 1-3

We solve a circuit by writing Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law in terms of *mesh currents*. This video covers the first three steps of the Mesh Current Method.

The steps of the Mesh Current Method are,

- Identify the meshes (the open windows of a circuit).
- Assign a current variable to each mesh, using a consistent direction.
- Write Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law around each mesh.
- Solve the resulting system of equations.
- Solve for individual element currents and voltages using Ohm’s Law.

Created by Willy McAllister.