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Calculate the Current, Lost Volt and P.d across parallel resistors?

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Homework Statement


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(a) Calculate the Current across parallel resistors.
(b) Calculate the lost volt across parallel resistors.
(c) Calculate the potential difference across parallel resistors.

Homework Equations


[tex]I = \frac{V}{R}[/tex]

[tex]Lost \ Volt = Ir[/tex]

[tex]V = IR[/tex]

The Attempt at a Solution


(a) [tex]1.5A[/tex] (I just added the currents of the parallel resistors.)

(b) [tex]Lost \ Volt = Ir[/tex]

[tex]= 1.3 \times 1.5[/tex]

[tex]= 1.95V[/tex]

[tex]= 2.0V[/tex]

(c) Need Help in solving it...

Thnx in advance
 
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What exactly does "lost volt" refer to?

For (c), recall what is the expression for voltage across a resistor. Also try to recall what so special about the potential difference across parallen circuit components. Then just plug in the numbers and you're done.
 
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That the problem, I don't really know what Lost Volt is?!

(c) [tex]V_1 = IR = 1.17 \times 6 = 7V[/tex]

[tex]V_2 = IR = 0.33 \times 21 = 7V[/tex]

So, the voltage across the parallel resistors is [tex]7V[/tex] ?
 
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Yes, that should be it. Anyway, I have no idea what "lost volt" refers to. Maybe you could ask your teacher who set the question.
 
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I'm pretty sure the lost volt is the resistance inside the battery. Once you work out the lost volt you can minus that from the voltage of the battery and work out the real value of V. Most questions dont include thw lost volt because it is quite small and considered negible. I think they are probably just making you aware of it and know hoe=w to calculate it.
 

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