This is the concept of equivalent resistance. The equivalent resistance of a circuit is the amount of resistance that a single resistor would need to obtain the overall effect of the collection of resistors present in the circuit. For series circuits, the mathematical formula for calculating the equivalent resistance (Req) is The fact that this circuit is parallel to the series has nothing to do with the validity of Kirchhoff`s law of stress. By the way, the circuit could be a “black box” – its component configuration is completely hidden from us, with only a set of terminals exposed where we can measure the voltage between us – and KVL would still apply: where R1, R2 and R3 are the resistance values of the individual resistors connected in series. In a serial connection, components such as resistors and loads are connected in a single path. The current must pass through each component in order, starting with the positive terminal of the battery on everything in order and returning to the negative terminal of the battery. Note: Although our example will stick to integers for simplicity, this would be very unusual and you would normally have decimal numbers. Don`t be shocked if you have decimals, just make sure all the rules are followed and do a final check as shown in the examples below. In the example problem, we had a resistance of 3 kΩ, 10 kΩ and 5 kΩ in series, giving a total resistance of 18 kΩ: 2. When the number of resistors in a series connection increases, the total resistance ____ (increased, decreased, remains the same) and the current in the circuit ____ (increased, decreased, remains the same). 3. Consider the following two daisy chain diagrams.

For each graph, use arrows to indicate the direction of the conventional current. Then compare the voltage and current to the points specified for each graph. The components of a series connection share the same current: The first principle to understand on parallel circuits is that the voltage is the same on all components of the circuit. This is because there are only two sets of electrically common points in a parallel circuit, and the voltage measured between the sets of commonalities must always be the same at any given time. The first principle to understand about series circuits is this: an interesting rule for total power compared to single power is that it is additive to any circuit configuration: series, parallel, series / parallel or other. Power is a measure of the rate of work, and since power dissipation must correspond to the total power applied by the source(s) (according to the law of conservation of energy in physics), the configuration of the circuit has no effect on mathematics. This brings us to the second principle of serial connections: now that we know the current in each place, in this case the battery, we know it everywhere in a serial connection. To illustrate this mathematical principle in action, consider the two circuits presented below in diagrams A and B.

Suppose you are asked to determine the two unknown values of the difference in electrical potential between the bulbs of each circuit. To determine their values, you need to use the equation above. The battery is represented by its usual schematic symbol and its voltage is indicated next to it. Determine the voltage drop of both bulbs, then click the Check Answers button to see if they are correct. It is important to conduct a final check. Since we used Ohm`s law to solve V3, we make sure that this last step also matches the connection rule of the series. Resistance: The total resistance of any series connection is equal to the sum of the individual resistors. Before current passes through a resistor, a potential difference or voltage must be available. When resistors are connected in series, they must “share” the total voltage of the source. Let`s take a look at some examples of serial circuits that demonstrate these principles. We start with a serial connection consisting of three resistors and a single battery: The rules of the series circuit show how Ohm`s law is applied when the circuit has more than one device that receives electrical energy.

Current: The amount of current is the same through each component of a series connection. In lesson 3, Ohm`s law (ΔV = I • R) was introduced as an equation that relates the voltage drop through a resistance to the resistance of the resistance and current to the resistance. The Ohm`s law equation can be used for each individual resistor in a series connection. When you combine Ohm`s law with some of the principles already discussed on this page, you get a great idea. When the lights are turned on in a row circle and one of them goes out, the circuit opens and no other light works. This is because there is no way to access the negative terminal of the battery when a circuit is open. Essentially, we combined the equivalent resistance of R1, R2 and R3. With this knowledge, we could redraw the circuit with a single equivalent resistance representing the series combination of R1, R2 and R3: the fact that the voltages in series add up should not be a secret, but we find that the polarity of these voltages makes a big difference in how the numbers are summed.