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Electrical math problems #212745 02/09/14 09:20 PM
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kenanderson Offline OP
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Need help with some electrical math. I can't figure out how to insert a scan of my math book to show the problem.

the two resistors in branch A-B of the circuit are of equal value


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Re: Electrical math problems [Re: kenanderson] #212748 02/09/14 10:12 PM
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Ok let's try again, can't edit previous post....
FB won't allow URL linkage I let's try angelfire

problem #9 on the pic

Re: Electrical math problems [Re: kenanderson] #212749 02/09/14 10:30 PM
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OK the second link works...
You have 5 Ohms written as an answer.

The resistors are of equal value, they are parallel, and 5 ohms is correct.

5 + 7 in series = 12
12 & 12 parallel = 6
(Use two of eq value equals value of one divided by 2)
12/2 = 6

6 +4 in series = 10
10 & 10 in parallel = 5 ohms as answer

Re: Electrical math problems [Re: kenanderson] #212750 02/09/14 10:59 PM
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i am working on number 9 also. The rest of the question is as follows:What is the value of each resistor it the ammeter indicates 8 amps?

Re: Electrical math problems [Re: kenanderson] #212751 02/09/14 11:29 PM
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V = IR

Treat the resistors as if they were one unified value...

I = 8 amps, per your post...

What was the voltage?

Now figure out what your algebra indicates must be the equivalent circuit...

See John's calc's above.^^^

You ought to have Ugly's to hand...

And plainly need to hit the books on first semester algebra.

All electrical problems take these forms.

You might benefit by going to Kahn Academy.

It's free, on the Web, and self-paced.

Perhaps a bit too much at first:

This is the diagram that's on the cover of Ugly's:

I always is used for current ( Unless you're in Physics... then the professor likes to use j.)

R always is used for resistance.

V for voltage is dominant in American usage, E is dominant elsewhere -- again both mean the applied voltage.

For Alternating Current, the voltage always refers to the RMS (Root Mean Square) voltage of the AC waveform.

{ the RMS Voltage x Current in an AC scheme is equal in power to the DC Voltage x Current in a DC scheme. }

Consequently, when these two schemes first met the marketplace, Tesla and Westinghouse pitched the RMS voltage so as to simplfy field calculations -- such as yours.

It was slow going for AC until Tesla published all of the math. Overnight, AC took over long distance distribution. It all came down to the V = IR equation.

Re: Electrical math problems [Re: kenanderson] #212766 02/10/14 09:28 PM
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As Tesla suggests, you should buy an Uglys book.

Under $20, available at the ECN store right here.

It has all the formulas and 'how to'; you should also have it in the text fromyour class.

Math is very important. 'Basic Electricity' is one of the courses that I used to teach at a County Vo-Tech. I had Uglys as a class mandatory textbook.



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