PhysicsLAB CP Workbook
Series and Parallel Circuits

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For this experiment you will need an assortment of wires with alligator connectors and banana connectors. You will also need access to a power supply (set at 6 volts), a multimeter, as well as 50, 100, and and 500 ohm resistors.

Set up each circuit and then measure the current and volage across each resistor. Then calculate the power consumed in each resistor. Compare this value with the power delivered by the power supply by recording the voltage and current on the power supply. Place your answers in the tables provided.


Circuit #1

 
R (ohms) I (amps) V (volts) P (watts)
100
50
Power supply


Circuit #2

 
 
R (ohms) I (amps) V (volts) P (watts)
50
100
Power supply


Circuit #3

 
 
R (ohms) I (amps) V (volts) P (watts)
100 (upper)
50 (upper)
100 (lower)
Power supply


Circuit #4

 
 
R (ohms) I (amps) V (volts) P (watts)
500 (upper)
500 (lower)
100
Power supply



 
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