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Outlets on a household circuit are arranged in

  1. Jun 24, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Outlets on a household circuit are arranged in:
    a)parallel.
    b)a combination of series and parallel.
    c)series.
    d)neither series or parallel.
    e)not given


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm lost here...
     
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  3. Jun 24, 2012 #2

    DaveC426913

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    Do your best to answer the question. We'll help.

    Here's a hint: do you know what happens to a string of lights in series - say, a string of Christmas lights - when one bulb goes out?
     
  4. Jun 24, 2012 #3
    some won't light and some others willl, so thats a combination of series and parallels
     
  5. Jun 24, 2012 #4

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    On a single strand of Christmas lights?
     
  6. Jun 24, 2012 #5
    yeah they have like 4 different sets, and maybe one of those sets wont light completely, but the rest 3 will. No?
     
  7. Jun 24, 2012 #6

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    Fair enough. So, you understand the correlation between series v. parallel and strands going dark v. strands staying lit.

    What happens in a house?
     
  8. Jun 24, 2012 #7
    deleting my post.
     
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  9. Jun 24, 2012 #8

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    azizlwl, your post has nothing to do with the question the OP is asking. Please read the opening post.

    (Incidentally, please note, in case you don't know PF policy: I am hinting at the answer because it is required by rules for posters to work through their own answers. We are forbidden to provide full answers to homework questions.)
     
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