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Series and Parallel Circuits
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What is a series circuit?
A series circuit is an electric circuit that has only one pathway for electric current to take. You can think of a series circuit as a set of parts that are connected end to end.
What is a series circuit?
The charges pass through each load before they return to a battery or other energy source. All the moving charges travel through each part of the circuit.
What is a parallel circuit?
A parallel circuit is an electric circuit that has two or more pathways for electric current to take. Some of thee moving charges travel through one pathway of the circuit, and other moving charges travel through other pathways of the circuit.
What is a parallel circuit?
All the charges return to the source after moving through the pathways. The place where pathways separate or join in a parallel circuit is called junction point.
What happens to the current, voltage, and resistance in series and parallel circuits?
Current: The current through the whole circuit is the same throughout and is equal to the total current supplied by the source.
What happens to the current, voltage, and resistance in series and parallel circuits?
Voltage: The voltage across each of the loads in the circuit add up to the voltage supplied by the source.
What happens to the current, voltage, and resistance in series and parallel circuits?
Resistance: Resistors placed in series increase the total resistance of the circuit. As a result, the total current throughout the circuit decreases.
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