# When the external resistor increases in temperature, why is the calculated value for internal resistance higher?

Say we had a circuit with a cell (with internal resistance)and an external resistor of 10 ohms as shown: The 10 ohm resistor then increases in temperature, leading to an increase in resistance in this resistor. My thinking was that since the 10 ohm resistor now has a value higher than 10 ohms, more voltage drops across this resistor. Since your emf is constant, less voltage must drop across the internal resistor. Less voltage drop means less resistance. Where is the flaw in my logic?

• Welcome to SE.Physics! Since you're asking about why your calculation for voltage changes, how are you calculating it? What information/measurements do you have, and what equations are you using? – Nat May 18 '19 at 6:28
• Ignore the small resister initially. In this case, the voltage drop across the $10\ \Omega$ resistor is the same as the $V$ supplied by the battery. Since $V=IR$, this implies $I=V/R$ where $R=10\ \Omega$ and $V$ is constant. If $R$ increases because of higher temperature, then $I$ decreases since $V$ is constant. Adding the small resistor in series with $R$ increases the total resistance which decrease the current further. – Cinaed Simson May 18 '19 at 7:21