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Problem: In the circuit shown below, ε = 71.0 V, R1 = 4.00 Ω, R2 = 6.00 Ω, R3 = 3.00 Ω.A) What is the potential difference Vab between points a and b when the switch S is open?B) What is the potential difference Vab between points a and b when the switch S is closed?C) For the 4.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S open.D) For the 4.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S closed.E) For the 4.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S closed.F) For the 6.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S closed.G) For the 3.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S open.H) For the 3.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S closed.I) For each resistor, does the current increase or decrease when S is closed?

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Equivalent resistance for resistors in parallel:

1Req=1R1+1R2+...+1Rn

or for 2 resistors:

Req=R1R2R1+R2

Equivalent resistance for resistors in series:

Req=R1+R2+...+Rn

Ohm's law:

V=iR

A) 

When switch  S is open R2 and R3 are connected in series.

Req = R2 + R3 = 6.00 + 3.00 = 9.00Ω

i = ε/Req = 71.0/9.00 = 7.89 A

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In the circuit shown below, ε = 71.0 V, R1 = 4.00 Ω, R2 = 6.00 Ω, R3 = 3.00 Ω.

A) What is the potential difference Vab between points a and b when the switch S is open?

B) What is the potential difference Vab between points a and b when the switch S is closed?

C) For the 4.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S open.

D) For the 4.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S closed.

E) For the 4.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S closed.

F) For the 6.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S closed.

G) For the 3.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S open.

H) For the 3.00 Ω resistor, calculate the current through the resistor with S closed.

I) For each resistor, does the current increase or decrease when S is closed?

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