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Theoretical Resistance Vs Experimental

  1. Sep 25, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Suggest a reason why theoretical and experimental results for resistors R1 and R2 are different for: experimental R1 and R2 in series vs R1+R2
    and Experimental R1 and R2 in parallel vs 1/R1+1/R2

    R1=23.080 Ohms
    R2=41.289 Ohms

    Series Experimental=58.769 Ohms
    Series Theoretical=64.369 Ohms

    Parallel Experimental=16.846 Ohms
    Parallel Theoretical=14.804 Ohms

    2. Relevant equations
    Parallel: Rs=1/R1+1/R2
    Series: Rs=R1+R2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    In this example as well since the current has to travel through extra wire which makes it a parallel. The wire's resistance adds on to the calculated resistors value.

    The theoretical and experimental values for the resistance are different since the electricity has to travel through extra wire in case 1 and this wire causes resistance which adds to the value of the final resistance measured. The value which is more reliable for measuring the series's resistance is 58.769 Ohms as measued in Part 2

    Is this correct^?
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