# 0 resistance wire in parallel circuit

1. Aug 20, 2007

### ehrenfest

In question 1 b at the following site:

http://ocw.mit.edu/NR/rdonlyres/Physics/8-02Electricity-and-MagnetismSpring2002/6D148C87-C69B-44B6-AECA-CB9D875E0F40/0/exam2.pdf [Broken]

I am having trouble with 1b. At the junction right after R1, why does the current go only up and not left when the upper path has zero resistance? Is there a law that says current always travels in the path of least resistance?

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2. Aug 20, 2007

### learningphysics

What is the voltage across the inductor in part b?

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3. Aug 20, 2007

### malawi_glenn

Yes current always takes the path with the smallest resistance.

4. Aug 20, 2007

### learningphysics

You can also calculate the current in R2. Since current is finite and the resistance across the inductor is 0 in part b... the voltage across the inductor is I3*0=0. Hence the voltage across R2 is 0. I2=0/R2 = 0. So the current through R2 is 0.

5. Aug 20, 2007

### ehrenfest

I see. Thanks.