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Potential difference battery

  1. Feb 10, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    How can I measure the potential difference across two batteries? For example, if I put the batteries end to end, so the negative end of one touches the positive end of the other. And lets say both batteries have 3 volts and lets denote point A to B as the point from one battery to the other.

    2. Relevant equations

    ##\Delta V = -\int^b_a\vec{E} \dot\ \vec{dL}##

    3. The attempt at a solution

    So if the length of both batteries is 5 cm then do I put a point C in the middle of the two batteries and measure the potential difference separately from point A to point C then from point C to point A?
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  3. Feb 10, 2014 #2


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    Physical size (length) is pretty much unrelated to the potential difference across a battery. Cell potential depends upon the chemistry, while current capability and capacity scale with the volume of the cell.

    Take a look at the Wikipedia entry on battery sizes.

    "Measure" implies a physical process of determining potential difference. In that case one simply takes a handy voltmeter, places its leads across the desired locations, and takes the reading.
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