(a) The bulbs have equal resistance, R. The current through bulb A is divided amongst bulbs B and C equally since they have equal resistance.
Brightness is directly proportional to the power dissipated by a bulb. The current through each bulb will determine the power dissipated by the bulb relative to the others.
The three bulbs in the figure are identical.
(a) Rank the bulbs from brightest to dimmest.
Now, suppose a wire is connected between points 1 and 2.
(b) What happens to bulb A?
(c) What happens to bulb B?
(d) What happens to bulb C?
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