# Determine the equivalent resistance of the circuit

zelda1850

## Homework Statement

a 3.0 ohm resistor an unkown resistor r and two ammeters a1 and a2 are connected with a 12 volt source ammeter a2 reads a current of 5.0 amperes

1) detemine the equivalent resistance of the circuit
2) caculate the current measure of ammeter a 1
3) caculate the resistance of the unknown resistor r

## Homework Equations

v= 12 v
a2 = 5.0 a
a1 = ?
r1 = 3.0 ohm
r2 =?

this is a parallel circuit so

do i use v/a to find equivalent resistance?

for current do i use v/r to find a?

and for the resistor is this equation right 1/req = 1/r1 + 1/r2

## The Attempt at a Solution

i got 2.4 ohm for the equivalent resistance and 4 a for the current dont know if it right

willem2
There's no way to answer this without seeing the circuit.

zelda1850
oh here a picture of the diagram for the problem Homework Helper
The answers you have so far are correct. What exactly makes you doubt your solution?

Cilabitaon
You are correct so far, so why not go on to find the resistance of the unknown resistor using the formula you have: $$\frac {1}{R_{eq}} = \frac{1}{R_{1}} + \frac{1}{R_{2}}$$

zelda1850
ok i got 12 r for the resistor using that equation

Cilabitaon
ok i got 12 r for the resistor using that equation

Which is correct, apart from the units; the units of resistance are Ohms, $$\Omega$$.