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Homework Help: Parallel Resistors Confusion

  1. Apr 2, 2012 #1
    For the circuit shown, is the 3 ohm resistor in parallel with the 5 ohm resistor if the 1 ohm resistor is "in the way?"
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  3. Apr 2, 2012 #2
    The three and two ohm resistors are in parallel, and then that combination is in series with the one ohm resistor. Then the combination of all three of those is in parallel with the five ohm resistor.
  4. Apr 2, 2012 #3


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    You can still find the equivalent resistance of the total circuit by other methods (considering all 4 resistors), but you can't consider the 3 Ohm and 5 Ohm resistors as being in parallel directly.

    You can consider the 3 Ohm and 2 Ohm resistors as being in parallel, however.
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