EXAMPLE PROBLEM ON RESISTORS IN COMBINATION, CIRCUIT 2
Figure 1 shows part of a circuit. It consists of resistors combined in both parallel and series configurations. Find the equivalent resistance.
Figure 1 Circuit 2, resistors in combination
In this partial circuit, there are three main branches, branch AB, branch CD, branch EF. As you can see, branch AB contains two resistors in series, R1 and R2. Branch CD has just one resistor, R3. Finally, there are two resistors in branch EF.
Let's look at branch AB first. We will simplify this branch by finding the equivalent resistance between A and B. Note that R1 is connected in series with R2. Using the equation for resistors in series
we can find RAB.
In branch EF, however, there are two resistors, connected in series with one another. Using the equation for resistors in series, we can find the equivalent resistance in branch EF, REF.
Figure 2 Circuit 2, simplified to a parallel circuit
|We can redraw circuit 2 using RAB, R3,
and REF, as seen in Figure 2. This circuit has been
simplified to a parallel circuit, with three resistances in parallel. Using
the formula for resistors connected in parallel