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When Unequal Resistors are Connected in Series across an Ideal Battery
Have you ever wondered what’s inside the battery? The battery is made out of different parts after all, and all those parts work together to create the perfect battery. One of those parts is the resistors. Here, we will talk about resistors and how they are in the battery. We will also talk about how they are connected, whether the connection is in series or parallel.
What makes resistors stand out is their abilities to resist outside factors. At most, they can be affected only by voltage, temperature or time, and the change is not big in number either.
Due to resistors’ many contributing factors and elements, it’s no surprise that they are commonly used as parts of electrical networks. And batteries are no exceptions.
Since we know what resistors are, it’s time to talk about resistors in parallel.
Resistors in a Parallel Circuit
Resistors can be called in a parallel circuit when the batteries are connected to the same node. It means that the batteries are lined up together, and each of their ends are connected to the same point using wires. Most resistors in a parallel circuit share the same voltage on their terminals when connected to each other.
Now, most resistors are usually equal. But what happens when unequal resistors are connected in a parallel circuit?
Unequal Resistors and Parallel Circuit
For those who are worried if something happens when unequal resistors are connected in parallel circuits, don’t worry. Nothing bad will happen if such a case happens. When this happens, the formula for resistors will still be the same.
However, it should be noted that the result might be different compared to the same resistors. The power will not be shared in the same amount to each object. However, the power rating will be higher compared to equal resistors in a parallel circuit.
Unequal resistors are actually pretty common in our lives. In fact, we always use it every day. One of the perfect examples of unequal resistors in a parallel circuit are house lamps. Not all house lamps have the same watts, as we tend to buy them randomly; what matters is that the lights are on, after all. No matter what watts we use though, the lamps will always be on. Of course, the light that is emitted depends on the watts of the lamp. The smaller the watt is, the dimmer the lamp will be and vice versa.
What we saw with the lamp is a case of unequal resistors connected in a parallel circuit. The lamps have different values, and yet all of them are able to be used. Moreover, they are mostly connected to a single power. That is what people mean by the same result but different power distribution.