# Questions tagged [electrical-resistance]

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### Help Understanding Non-conservative Fields

While watching a video lecture, I became uncomfortable with the results, (around 35 mins). The professor draws an electric circuit with a 1V batter, and two resistors (1 and 9 ohms). He then ...
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### Why does increasing the temperature of a thermistor decrease it's resistance?

Surely, upon an increase in temperature, the atoms within the thermistor would vibrate with more energy and therefore more vigorously, hence making the electrons flowing through the electric circuit ...
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### Resistors in Parallel [closed]

From my book: "A length of wire is cut into five equal pieces. The five pieces are then connected in parallel, with the resulting resistance being 2.00 Ω. What was the resistance of the ...
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### How can Ohm's law be correct if superconductors have 0 resistivity?

Ohm's law states that the relationship between current ( I ) voltage ( V ) and resistance ( R ) is $$I = \frac{V}{R}$$ However superconductors cause the resistance of a material to go to zero, and ...
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### Confused on Calculating Resistance Distance Matrix

I am trying to create a computer program to compute the equivalent resistance over any points on any rectangular set of resistors (all with a resistance of 1 ohm). It seems that the resistance ...
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### Why do Fermi liquids have $T^2$ resistivity?

I have often read that metals that are Fermi liquids should have a resistivity that varies with temperature like $\rho(T) = \rho(0) + a T^2$. I guess the $T^2$ part is the resistance due to electron-...
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### Calculate Capacitance in Series AC Circuits?

I'm supposed to calculate the capacitance of an unknown capacitor in series, but I'm not sure exactly which equation to use. I know the voltage across the resistor (Vr), voltage across the capacitor (...
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### How exactly does a resistance reduce current?

I've heard that resistors are used to decrease current to a particular appliance, such as in the regulator of a fan. However, I've also heard that the total current in a circuit is always the same- in ...
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### Parallel circuits - Overall resistance decreases with additional resistor [closed]

Let's say that there is a parallel circuit with two identical resistors in parallel with each other. If a third resistor, identical to the other two, is added in parallel with the first two, the ...
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### I don't understand what we really mean by voltage drop

This post is my best effort to seek assistance on a topic which is quite vague to me, so that I am struggling to formulate my questions. I hope that someone will be able to figure out what it is I'm ...
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### Relationship between resistance and voltage drop

In a series or parallel circuit, if two bulbs have the same resistance, do they have the same voltage drops? The problem I am asking about is below. Do A, B, and C have the same voltage drops since ...
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### Physical interpretation of y-intercept in a Current vs Voltage graph

So I collected current and voltage data from a simple circuit with a power source and a resistor, using a multimeter. I created a graph for this data using excel and got the y-intercept (which is ...
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### Cable TV version of infinite ladder network [closed]

This is a problem in a college physics textbook, and its bugging me that I can't get it. The figure shows a circuit model for the transmission of an electrical signal, such as cable TV, to a large ...
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### kirchhoff's law.Simple question [closed]

So far I calculated total resistance and it is 4.66 ohms and there is 12 volt voltage across them, what is the best way or HOW to calculate current for each resistor ?
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### Ohmic and Non-Ohmic devices

Why do some conductors follow Ohm's law and some do not? Isn't there any universal law that can explain the flow of current?
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### Why does the current stay the same in a circuit?

I was informed that in a circuit, the current will stay the same, and this is why the lightbulbs will light up (because in order for the current to stay the same, the drift speed of the electrons need ...
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### If a superconductor has zero resistance, does it have infinite amperage?

If amps = volts / ohms, and ohms is 0, then what is x volts / 0 ohms?
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### Temperature dependence of resistivity in metals

We know that in high temperature, resistivity in metals goes linearly with temperature. As temperature is lowered, resistivity goes first as $T^5$ due to "electron-phonon" interaction, and then goes ...
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### Modeling stochastic process with frequency-dependent power spectrum

I'm trying to model of Johnson-Nyquist noise propagation in a nonlinear circuit. An ideal (linear) resistor can be modeled very nicely by the Fokker-Planck equation (equivalently, the drift-diffusion ...
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### RC circuit theory and voltage in the capacitor vs Ohm's Law

Consider a simple series RC circuit at steady state (capacitor is full). I've been told that once the capacitor is full we can literally "cut" the circuit because no current can flow. That ...
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### Fundamentality of voltage to current

From Ohm's Law : Ohm's law states that the current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the potential difference across the two points. I would like to know if ...
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### Why connect cells in parallel?

Say there is a circuit with two $1.5\ V$ cells and a $100 \ \Omega$ resistor. If you connect two cells in series, then the total emf is $3\ V$. And the current will be $3/100 = 0.03\ A$ (Using $V = IR$...
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### Why does the potential drop across a battery and resistor equal the emf of the battery?

In this diagram you can see the potential difference across the battery and resistor is the same as the pd created by the battery (the battery and resistor are representing a battery with internal ...
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### Is it possible to mathematically derive the formula for resistance?

Resistance is given by $\rho L/A$, where $\rho$ is the material constant, $L$ is the length, and $A$ is the area. Is there any way that this can be derived mathematically, or is the only way ...
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### What defines the brightness of a bulb? [closed]

So I have a question. There are three identical bulbs, 2 of them are connected in parallel and the third is basically in series, on the same circuit. If the one of the lamps in parallel breaks, what ...
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### Resistor circuit that isn't parallel or series

What's the equivalent resistance in this circuit (between points A and B)?
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### what is the proper way to connect two light bulbs in a circuit? in series or parallel?

What is the proper way to connect two light bulbs in a circuit? in series or in parallel and why? My thought is that it's better to hook them in parallel, since if we take into account Ohm's Law, the ...
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### General integral to find resistance

My question is: is there a simple and truly general equation for the resistance between two electrical equipotential surfaces?. Obviously, if so, what is it, and if not, why? It would be very ...