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Homework Help: Filament lamp I/V characteristics lab problem.

  1. Apr 27, 2010 #1
    i have to have my lab report ready in the next 1 hour and i am stuck. in my experiment we had a varied power supply , an ammeter and a voltmetter both with small error (and digital). i have taken about 15 measurements of potential difference and its respective current. the circuit had in one case a resitor and in the other case a filament lamp. the resistor is an easy one as ohm's law is applied so i sketch the graph with my logger pro and take the 1/slope(gradient) to find R. my problem however is when it comes to the filament lamp. i am not sure if i should use a square or a linear or some other fit. also i dont know whatresult from the graph should i use to find resistance if the graph isnt linear. also in a filament lamp which is a non ohmic device can i use R=V/I? please help me out with this one.
    in general: can someone help me with finding the resistance of a filament lamp based on the measurements i have take?
    and also can someone tell me what the error is when i have +/- 0.01 Volts for potential differnce and +/- 0.1 mA (NOT Amber)?
    thank you very much...
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