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Guys, help me with potentiometer principle

  1. Aug 31, 2005 #1
    need everyone's help... pls. explain it to me for those who knows the experiment...thanks!

    1) in measuring emf by slide-wire potentiometer, why should the working battery have a voltage greater than 2? why is the galvanometer polarity unimportant?
    2)how is the function of a rheostat different from a galvanometer?
    3)under what condition is a voltmeter more desirable than apotentiometer for the measurement of voltages?
    4)how can i prove that the potentiometer measures the emf of the test cell and not its TPD? where do i start in solving this?

    guys, pls. help. physics really kills me. really not good in physics i guess...
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  3. Aug 31, 2005 #2


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    I would love to answer, but I'm afraid you will be learning little from direct answers. I'm sure you will be getting them from your instructor anyway. It even looks as if you didn't take much effort to answer some of the very obvious questions and pasted your homework questions directly. You should think about them carefully. Does a resistor have polarity (does it matter which way goes to the positive side or negative?). How does a galvanometer work? (Hint, its related to current). Do you know what a rheostat is? A potentiometer?
  4. Aug 31, 2005 #3
    sorry coz' i didn't understand my teacher so i thought i could get better explanations here. it's ok if those are only direct answers, it may help anyways.. thank u for the reply. other answers are still welcome.
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