(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Using series/parallel resistance combination, find the equivalent resistance seen by the source in the circuit below. Find the overall dissipated power.

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2. Relevant equations

For resistors in series: [tex]R_{eq}\,=\,R_1\,+\,R_2\,+\,\cdots\,+\,R_n[/tex]

For resistors in parallel: [tex]R_{eq}\,=\,\frac{1}{R_1}\,+\,\frac{1}{R_2}\,+\,\cdots\,+\,\frac{1}{R_n}[/tex]

Also for resistors in parallel: [tex]R_{eq}\,=\,\frac{R_1\,R_2}{R_1\,+\,R_2}[/tex]

3. The attempt at a solution

Adding the right three resistors that are in series to get an equivalent one that is 40 Ohms.

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Using the formula above for parallel resistors: [tex]R_{eq}\,=\,\frac{(40\Omega)\,(40\Omega)}{(40\Omega)\,+\,(40\Omega)}\,=\, 20\Omega[/tex]

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Again, combining the resistors on the right that are in series.

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Using the parallel formula again: [tex]R_{eq}\,=\,\frac{(40\Omega)\,(40\Omega)}{(40\Omega)\,+\,(40\Omega)}\,=\, 20\Omega[/tex]

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Finally, adding the last two resistors in series, I get an [itex]R_{eq}[/itex] of [itex]40\Omega[/itex]. Does this seem correct?

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Then, to find the Power, I get the current first.

[tex]i\,=\,\frac{v}{R}\,=\,\frac{12\,V}{40\Omega}\,=\,0.3\,A[/tex]

The I use the p = vi equation.

[tex]p\,=\,v\,i\,=\,\left(12\,V\right)\,\left(0.3\,A\right)\,=\,3.6\,W[/tex]

Right?

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# CIRCUIT ANALYSIS: Find the equivalent resistance seen by the source

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