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Simple Circuit

  1. Apr 24, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 2.8k-ohm and a 2.1k-ohm ersistor are connected in parallel; this combination is connected in series with a 1.8k-ohm resistor. If each resistor is rated at .5W, what is the maximum volatage that can be applied across the whole network?

    2. Relevant equations
    Ohm's Law, P=IV

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I don't even know where to start with this problem.
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  3. Apr 24, 2008 #2


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    When they say that each resistor is rated at 0.5 W, what information can you get from that for each resistor? Remember the expressions for power in a resistor.
  4. Apr 24, 2008 #3
    P=V^2/R, so V^2=R/2 I don't know what to do with these individual maximum voltages.
  5. Apr 24, 2008 #4


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    You have P= V^2 / R, and also P = I^2 R for Ohm's law resistors. Since you know the maximum power that each resistor can handle, these give you the maximum voltage and maximum current for each resistor.

    So with these constraints, solve the problem as a normal combination of resistor problems, just with an unkown voltage. Then you can use the above constraint to find that maximum voltage for the entire circuit.
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