Current in parallel circuits

In summary, the amount of current flowing through each branch in a parallel circuit is determined by the resistance of each branch. This follows Ohm's Law. For a visual representation, refer to the link provided.
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Hi could someone explain what determines the amount of current going through each branch in a parallel cicuit. Does it just depend on the amount of resistance in each branch?

Im not looking for a complex explanation, but just the basic idea
 
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david18 said:
Hi could someone explain what determines the amount of current going through each branch in a parallel cicuit. Does it just depend on the amount of resistance in each branch?

Im not looking for a complex explanation, but just the basic idea

In a simple parallel DC circuit, the amount of current flow through each branch is dependent upon the resistance of each branch (per Ohm's Law).

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1. What is a parallel circuit?

A parallel circuit is a type of electrical circuit where the components are connected in parallel, meaning they share the same voltage but have separate current paths.

2. How does current behave in a parallel circuit?

In a parallel circuit, the total current is divided among the individual branches of the circuit. This means that the current flowing into the circuit is equal to the sum of the currents flowing through each branch.

3. What is the formula for calculating current in a parallel circuit?

The formula for calculating current in a parallel circuit is: I(total) = I1 + I2 + I3 + ..., where I(total) is the total current and I1, I2, I3, etc. are the individual branch currents.

4. How does the resistance of components affect current in a parallel circuit?

In a parallel circuit, the total resistance is decreased as more components are added. This means that the current in the circuit will increase as the resistance decreases.

5. What happens when one component fails in a parallel circuit?

In a parallel circuit, if one component fails, the other components will still receive the same voltage and continue to function. This is because each component has its own current path and is not dependent on the other components for current flow.

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