## Circuits with Series and Parallel Wiring

I attached the problem. I'm pretty confused. I remember the equations for parallel and series circuits, but I have no idea how to do this. I attempted, but failed. I know the two 10 ohm resistors are in parallel (so Rnet is 5), and the 20 ohm and the 6 ohm resistor are in series (So Rnet is 26). But then are those in parallel or series? And then i just don't know how to do the problem.
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 Quote by vela The 10-ohm resistors are in parallel, but the 20-ohm and 6-ohm resistor aren't in series.
Is the 10, 10 and 20 ohm in parallel and the 6 ohm in series with those three? Otherwise, I can't see how the 20 and the 6 aren't in series.

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## Circuits with Series and Parallel Wiring

The 20-ohm and 6-ohm are not in series because there's something else connected to the node where the two resistors are connected. If two elements are in series, all of the current in one element has to go through the other element. For example, the battery and the 6-ohm resistor are in series. You should be able to see that all of the current that flows through the battery has to also go through the 6-ohm resistor. That's not the case with the 6-ohm and 20-ohm resistor. Some of the current that goes through the 6-ohm resistor will branch off to go through the 10-ohm resistors.

 Quote by vela The 20-ohm and 6-ohm are not in series because there's something else connected to the node where the two resistors are connected. If two elements are in series, all of the current in one element has to go through the other element. For example, the battery and the 6-ohm resistor are in series. You should be able to see that all of the current that flows through the battery has to also go through the 6-ohm resistor. That's not the case with the 6-ohm and 20-ohm resistor. Some of the current that goes through the 6-ohm resistor will branch off to go through the 10-ohm resistors.
Ok....so how do I do the problem?

 10 ohm resistors aren't in a series and are parallel but the other two are in a series. I find it easy to see if they are parallel or series by redrawing the diagram to one you are comfortable with. At every split in the wire with resistors, just branch it off.

 Quote by mrcheeses 10 ohm resistors aren't in a series and are parallel but the other two are in a series. I find it easy to see if they are parallel or series by redrawing the diagram to one you are comfortable with. At every split in the wire with resistors, just branch it off.
So 20 and 6 are in series? That's what I thought. I'm not really sure how to redraw it. Can you can just help me get the answer?

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 Recognitions: Homework Help I redraw the circuit making the wires a bit shorter and moving the ammeter closer to the resistors, but the circuit is equivalent with the original one. Note that the ammeter can be replaced by a single piece of wire. Which resistors are connected in parallel? ehild Attached Thumbnails
 Yes, 10,10 and 20 ohms are in parallel.

 Quote by ehild I redraw the circuit making the wires a bit shorter and moving the ammeter closer to the resistors, but the circuit is equivalent with the original one. Note that the ammeter can be replaced by a single piece of wire. Which resistors are connected in parallel? ehild
10, 10 and the 20 ohm resistor are in parallel. So the Rnet is 4 for those? So then do I just use V=RI to solve for current?

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 Quote by ehild Yes, the resultant of the parallel resistor is 4 ohm. And the resultant is connected to the 6 ohm resistor, and the whole is connected to the battery. You can use V=RI to get the total current. What current does the ammeter read?
Well, 4+6=10.
So...
20=10I
I=2 A

But 2 is wrong, so I don't know.

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 Quote by ehild The ammeter does not read the current flowing through the battery. It reads the current that flows through itself. It is connected in series with what ? ehild
The three resistors in parallel? But to find current you need to know the voltage.

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 Quote by Snape1830 The three resistors in parallel? But to find current you need to know the voltage.
No it is not the three resistors in parallel, but?
And you can find the voltage.

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 Quote by ehild No it is not the three resistors in parallel, but? And you can find the voltage. ehild
Just the two 10s? How do I find the voltage if I only have the resistors?

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