Here Different Resistors are connected between 2 points parallel to each other



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This is done to decrease net Resistance of Circuit

In this case Total Resistance of circuit is equal to sum of reciprocals of Individual Resistance of the Resistors

1/R = 1/R 1 + 1/R 2 + 1/R 3

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When 2 Resistors are Connected in Parallel

  1. Different current flow through each resistor but overall Current flowing throughout the circuit remains the Same
    Hence we can say that
    Total Current = Current flowing through first Resistor + Current flowing through Second Resistor + Current flowing through Third Resistor
    I = I 1 + I 2 + I 3
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  2. Potential Difference across all  both Resistors remain the same (as they are both between Same points)
    Hence we can say that
    Potential Diff=V
    It is same for both Resistor 1 and Resistor 2

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Now we know that as per Ohm's Law

Potential Diff=Current*Resistance

Potential Difference/Resistance=Current

Current=Potential Diff/Resistance

I = V/R


How is the Resistance formula Derived - for parallel circuits?


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Note - In case of parallel, the total resistance is always less than the resistance of the individual resistors.

The net resistance produced is lowest when resistors are connected in parallel.



NCERT Question 5 - How is a voltmeter connected in the circuit to measure the potential difference between two points?

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Q1 Page 216 - Judge the equivalent resistance when the following are connected in parallel –
(a) 1 Ω and 10 6 Ω,
(b) 1 Ω and 10 3 Ω, and 10 6 Ω.

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Q2 Page 216 - An electric lamp of 100 Ω, a toaster of resistance 50 Ω, and a water filter of resistance 500 Ω are connected in parallel to a 220 V source. What is the resistance of an electric iron connected to the same source that takes as much current as all three appliances, and what is the current through it?

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Q4 Page 216 - How can three resistors of resistances 2 Ω, 3 Ω, and 6 Ω be connected to give a total resistance of (a) 4 Ω, (b) 1 Ω?

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Q5 Page 216 - What is (a) the highest, (b) the lowest total resistance that can be secured by combinations of four coils of resistance 4 Ω, 8 Ω, 12 Ω, 24 Ω?

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Example 12.8 - In the circuit diagram given in Fig. 12.10, suppose the resistors R 1 , R 2 and R 3 have the values 5 Ω, 10 Ω, 30 Ω, respectively, which have been connected to a battery of 12 V. Calculate
(a) the current through each resistor,
(b) the total current in the circuit, and
(c) the total circuit resistance.

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Example 12.9 - If in Fig. 12.12, R 1 = 10 Ω, R 2 = 40 Ω, R 3 = 30 Ω, R 4 = 20 Ω, R 5 = 60 Ω, and a 12 V battery is connected to the arrangement. Calculate
(a) the total resistance in the circuit, and
(b) the total current flowing in the circuit.

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Question 5 - What is the minimum resistance which can be made using five resistors each of 1/5 Ω?

(a) 1/5 Ω

(b) 1/25 Ω

(c) 1/10 Ω

(d) 25 Ω

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Example If 2 Resistors - 3 Ω and 4 Ω are connected in parallel. What is the resistance of the circuitSince resistors are connected in parallel, Resistance of Circuit is given by 1/𝑅 = 1/𝑅_1 + 1/𝑅_2 1/𝑅 = 1/3 + 1/4 1/𝑅 = (4 + 3)/(3 × 4) 1/𝑅 = 7/12 R = 12/7 R = 1.71 Ω How is the Resistance formula Derived - for Parallel circuits? In parallel circuit, Voltage is same Let Voltage in circuit = V Now, Total Current = Current in R1 + Current in R2 + Current in R3 Current in R1 V = I1 × R1 𝑉/𝑅_1 = I1 I1 = 𝑉/𝑅_1 Current in R2 V = I2 × R2 𝑉/𝑅_2 = I2 I2 = 𝑉/𝑅_2 Current in R3 V = I3 × R3 𝑉/𝑅_3 = I3 I3 = 𝑉/𝑅_3 Also, Total Voltage = Total Current × Total Resistance Since Voltage in Circuit = Total Voltage = V V = Total Current × Total Resistance 𝑉/(𝑇𝑜𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒) = Total Current Total Current = 𝑉/(𝑇𝑜𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒) Now, Total Current = I1 + I2 + I3 𝑉/(𝑇𝑜𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒) = 𝑉/𝑅_1 + 𝑉/𝑅_2 + 𝑉/𝑅_3 𝑉/(𝑇𝑜𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒) = V(1/𝑅_1 + 1/𝑅_2 + 1/𝑅_3 ) 𝟏/(𝑻𝒐𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆) = 𝟏/𝑹_𝟏 + 𝟏/𝑹_𝟐 + 𝟏/𝑹_𝟑

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