# 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). Draw and name mesh current arrows in each mesh, using a consistent direction.
- Solve the easy mesh currents, the ones that pass through a constant current source.
- Write Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law around each mesh.
- Solve the resulting system of equations to get the mesh currents.
- Find the element currents and voltages with Ohm’s Law.

Created by Willy McAllister.