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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300

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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Choose the words that make each statement correct. (i) When two or more resistors are connected in series, the equivalent resistance is always [(a) greater than; (b) less than] any individual resistance. (ii) When two or more resistors are connected in parallel, the equivalent resistance is always [(c) greater than; (d) less than] any individual resistance.

(i)

To determine
The equivalent resistance in series circuit.

Answer
Option (a) greater than

Explanation

The equivalent resistance of two or more resistors in series is,

Req=R1+R2+.....+Rn

The sum of resistances is always greater than the individual resistance.

Conclusion:

When two or more resistors are connected in series, the equivalent resistance is always greater than any individual resistance. Therefore, option (a) is correct.

For the equivalent resistance is always less than any individual resistance, the resistors should be connected in parallel. Therefore, option (b) is incorrect.

(ii)

To determine
The equivalent resistance in parallel circuit.

Answer
Option (d) less than

Explanation

The equivalent resistance of two or more resistors in parallel is,

1Req=1R1+1R2+.....+1Rn

Conclusion:

When two or more resistors are connected in parallel, the equivalent resistance is always less than any individual resistance. Therefore, option (d) is correct.

For the equivalent resistance is always greater than any individual resistance, the resistors should be connected in series. Therefore, option (c) is incorrect.

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