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Homework Help: Simple electronic

  1. Sep 17, 2007 #1
    That's the question.
    I have done an experiment.
    The voltage of a free DC power supply was set to 5V. When it was connected to a circuit, its voltage dropped to 3V. What happened?

    Isn't the 2V is lost in the internal resistance of the power supply.
    However,the power supply will continuously supply 5V.So why do the voltage will drop to 3V.And, in a simple circuit,the voltage will be 0V when it comes to the end after passing through those resistance,so why the voltage will drop to 3V.

    Thanks everyone!
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 17, 2007 #2
    The voltage drops at the point where you connect the load because a voltage divider is formed of the internal resistance of the supply and the resistance of the load. The voltage drop will be significant if the load has a very low resistance.
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