## HELP! Resistors Parallel/series

Ok the question is:

A resistor (resistance=R) is connected first in parallel and then in series with a 2.00 ohm resistor. A battery delivers five times as much current to the parallel combination as it does the series combination. Determine the two possible values for R.

So let's see: I can use I=V/R

For series it's I=V/(R+2)

For parallel it's 5I=V/(1/R+1/2ohm) Ok, now I equate the Currents (I)

and I get V/(R+2)=V/5(1/R+1/2). I can cancel out the V's and I'll have:

Now I solve for R?

Am I on the right track?
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 Your parallel equation is wrong: $$R_{eq}=(\frac{1}{R_1}+\frac{1}{R_2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{R_n})^{-1}$$ So if you say $I=\frac{V}{R_{eq}}$ you end up with: $$I=\frac{V}{(\frac{1}{R_1}+\frac{1}{R_2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{R_n})^{-1}}$$ or more simply: $$I={V}{(\frac{1}{R_1}+\frac{1}{R_2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{R_n})}$$ Your thought process is correct though. Good luck.
 Your equation for equivalent resistnace in a parallel circuit is wrong. The correct equation is: $$\frac{1}{R} = \frac{1}{R_1} + \frac{1}{R_2}$$ Otherwise you seem to be on the right track.

## HELP! Resistors Parallel/series

Ok this is weird. Ok so jumping to the equating of the two equation step...

I get :

V/(R+2)=V/5 x (1/R+1/2). Now, I cancel the Vs and try to solve for R

1/(R+2)=1/5 x (1/R+1/2). Now I bring the 5 over on the otherside and now I will solve and get a quadratic equation:

R^2-6R+4=0. Solving for R's I get R=5.236 and R=.7639 ohm.

It looks right? Thanks.