High School Physics : Calculating Total Resistance

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Example Question #2 : Resistors

Ten resistors, each with  resistance, are set up in series. What is their equivalent resistance? 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

For resistors aligned in series, the equivalent resistance is the sum of the individual resistances.

Since all the resistors in this problem are equal, we can simplify with multiplication.

Example Question #3 : Resistors

Ten resistors, each with  resistance, are set up in parallel. What is the equivalent resistance?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

For resistors in parallel, the equivalent resistance can be found by summing the reciprocals of the individual resistances, then taking the reciprocal of the resultant sum.

Since all the resistors in this problem are equal, we can simplify by multiplying.

Example Question #4 : Resistors

Twelve resistors of equal resistance are set up in series. If the total resistance is , what is the resistance of each resistor?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The total resistance of resistors in series is the sum of the individual resistances.

In this case, we know the total resistance and the number of resistors, and we are told that all resistors are of equal strength. That means we can simplify this problem using multiplication.

We can use the total resistance to solve for the individual value.

Example Question #5 : Resistors

Three resistors are in a series. They have , and  of resistance respectively. What is the total resistance?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

When working in a series, the total resistance is the sum of the individual resistances.

Use the given values for each individual resistor to solve for the total resistance.

Example Question #6 : Resistors

Six resistors are arranged in a series. Their resistances are , and . What is their total resistance?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

When working in a series, the total resistance is the sum of the individual resistances.

Use the given values for each individual resistor to solve for the total resistance.

Example Question #7 : Resistors

Three resistors are in a parallel circuit. They have resistances of , and , respectively. What is their total resistance?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for resistors in parallel is:

Using the given individual resistances, we can find the total resistance of the circuit.

Example Question #8 : Resistors

Two resistors in series have  and  resistance, respectively. What is the total resistance?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

For resistors in a series, total resistance is equal to the sum of each individual resistance.

We can use the individual resistances from the question to solve for the total resistance.

Example Question #1 : Calculating Total Resistance

What is the total resistance of a series circuit with resistors of , and ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

For a series circuit, the formula for total resistance is:

We are given the values of each resistance, allowing us to sum them to find the total resistance in the circuit.

Example Question #11 : Resistors

What is the total resistance of a parallel circuit with resistors of , and ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for resistance in parallel is:

We are given the values for each individual resistor, allowing us to solve for the total resistance.

Example Question #2 : Calculating Total Resistance

Calculate the resistance of a copper wire with cross-sectional area of  and length of .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The resistance of a wire is given by the following equation:

We are given the resistivity (), cross-sectional area, and length. Using these values, we can solve for the resistance.

First, convert the cross-sectional area to square-meters.

Use the resistance equation to solve.

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