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Series and Parallel Elements. Equivalent Resistance. Series and Parallel Elements. Two or more elements are in series if they are cascaded or connected sequentially and consequently carry the same current through them .

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series and parallel elements

Series and Parallel Elements

Equivalent Resistance

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Series and Parallel Elements
  • Two or more elements are in series if they are cascaded or connected sequentially and consequently carry the same current through them.
  • Two or more elements are in parallel if they are connected to the same two nodes and consequently have the same voltage across them.
series resistors
Series Resistors
  • The equivalent resistance of any number of resistors connected in series is the sum of the individual resistances.
voltage division
Voltage Division
  • To determine the voltage across each resistor we use:
  • The voltage is divided among the resistors in direct proportion to their resistances.
parallel resistors
Parallel Resistors
  • The equivalent resistance of two parallel resistors is equal to the product of their resistances divided by their sum.
parallel resistors cont
Parallel Resistors (cont.)
  • The equivalent resistance of N resistors in parallel is
  • Req is always smaller than the resistance of the smallest resistor in the parallel combination.
  • If the resistances are equal, simply divide by the number of resistors.
parallel conductance
Parallel Conductance
  • It is often more convenient to use conductance when dealing with parallel resistors.
  • The equivalent conductance of resistors connected in parallel is the sum of their individual conductances.
serial conductance
Serial Conductance
  • The equivalent conductance of series resistors is obtained in the same manner as the resistance of resistors in parallel.
current division
Current Division
  • For two resistors in parallel, the resistors will have current
current division cont
Current Division (cont.)
  • The total current i is shared by the resistors in inverse proportion to their resistances.
  • If a current divider has N conductors in parallel, the nth conductor (Gn) will have current
  • Find Req by combining the resistors.
  • Calculate the equivalent resistance Rab in the circuit.
  • Find the equivalent conductance Geq for the circuit.
  • Find the currents and voltages in the circuit.