# Solving Circuits Solving Circuits Many circuits will have

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Solving Circuits

Solving Circuits • Many circuits will have multiple resistors and capacitors in them. • For circuits with just resistors, there are two ways to organize them: • Series – resistors are on the same wire path, one after another • Parallel – resistors are stacked on each other

Solving Circuits • What is the Req of the circuit above? Req =

Solving Circuits • Electric current has but a single pathway through the circuit. This means that the current passing through each electric device is the same. • The current in the entire circuit is equal to the voltage supplied by the source divided by the total resistance of the circuit. (Ohm’s law) • For each resistor, there is a voltage drop as current goes through each resistor, which can be calculated with Ohm’s law. The voltage goes to 0 when the current reaches the other side of the battery.

Solving Circuits • If you have a bunch of lamps connected in series, and one lamp goes out, all the lamps will go out, because the circuit is no longer connected, as current cannot flow across.

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Solving Circuits • Each resistor connects the terminals of the battery to each other. The voltage should therefore be the same across them. • The total current is divided amongst the branches evenly. Ohm’s law applies to each branch separately. • The total current equals the sum of the currents in the branches. • As the number of branches increases, the total resistance decreases.

Solving Circuits • Circuits with resistors in parallel and series need to be reduced to one equivalent resistance step by step. • For this circuit, you will need to add R 1 and R 2 in parallel for R 12, as well as R 3 and R 4 in parallel to find R 34. then you add R 12 and R 34 in series to find the Req of the entire circuit

Solving Circuits • Example 1: What is Req of this circuit. If you didn’t draw the circuit, you better draw it now. • Example 2: What is the voltage drop across each group of parallel circuits? • Example 3: What is the current that runs through EACH resistor?

Solving Circuits • Do the worksheet

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