series and parallel circuits

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  • Created on: 16-03-19 18:06
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  • Series and Parallel circuits
    • Series
      • the current is the same in each component
      • the total potential difference is shared between the components
      • adding the resistance of each component gives the total resistance
      • Adding more resistors in series increases the total resistance because the current through the resistors is reduced and the potential difference stays the same
    • Parallel
      • the total current is the sum of the currents through the separate components
      • the potential difference across each component is the same
      • Adding more resistors in parallel decreases the total resistance because the total current through the resistors is increased and the total potential difference stays the same.

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