Electronics S1W8: Series-Parallel Resistor Combinations

How to use Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws, to solve series-parallel resistor circuit problems.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

This course is Week 8 of an 8 week series that teaches electronics to professionals, students and hobbyists desiring to know how electronic circuits work. This first 8 weeks has the name "DC Electronics" in most college electronics degree programs because it teaches the following concepts about electronics:

- The atomic structure of conductors, insulators and semiconductors

- The definition of the major characteristics of electronics: Resistance, Current, Voltage and Power

- The use of Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws, the Voltage Divider and Current Divider Formulas and how to apply them to basic resistive circuits.

- Practice solving series resistive circuits, parallel resistive circuits, and the topic for this week's class: solving series-parallel resistive circuits.

The class is presented primarily as a PowerPoint presentation with instruction by your teacher.

Quizzes are presented at the end of each section of the course to test your knowledge and comprehension of the material presented in that section.

What are the requirements?

  • To do well you need to successfully one of the two following prerequisites: 1) A solid foundation of Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws, the Voltage Divider and Current Divider Formulas, and the ability to solve simple series and parallel resistive circuits, or 2) Complete the previous weeks of training connected to this course. (They all start with "Electronics SxWy" where "x" is the Semester number, [1 for the previous 7 weeks and this week] and "y" is the Week Number.)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Determine which electronics principle of Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law and Kirchhoff's Current Law apply to a given resistive circuit problem.
  • Solve circuit problems using the voltage divider formula and the current divider formula.
  • Correctly solve for all of the characteristics (voltage, current and resistance) in a series-parrallel resistor circuit.

What is the target audience?

  • This is Week 8 of an 8 week series called "DC Electronics" which teaches the fundamentals of electronics. To do well you need to successfully one of the two following prerequisites: 1) A solid foundation of Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Laws, the Voltage Divider and Current Divider Formulas, and the ability to solve simple series and parallel resistive circuits, or 2) Complete the previous weeks of training connected to this course. (They all start with "Electronics SxWy" where "x" is the Semester number, [1 for the previous 7 weeks and this week] and "y" is the Week Number.)

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Curriculum

Section 1: Identifying Series Circuits, Parallel Circuits and Series-Parallel Circuits
07:46

Basics on how to identify series resistor circuits, parallel resistor circuits and series-parallel resistor circuits.

13:13

Explanation of the "double bar" symbol used to identify parallel relationships in electronic circuits.

08:28

A schematic of a simple series-parallel circuit is used to walk the student through the characteristics of a series-parallel circuit.

13:49

A schematic of a simple series-parallel circuit is used to walk the student through the characteristics of a series-parallel circuit.

11 questions

Tests your knowledge of how to identify series, parallel or series-parallel resistor combinations.

Section 2: Determining Currents, Voltage and Resistance in Circuits
12:55

Circuit schematics are used to walk the student through the correct procedure for determining the values of current and voltage in a series-parallel resistive circuit.

12:12

Circuit schematics are used to walk the student through the correct procedure for determining the values of current and voltage in a series-parallel resistive circuit.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of the correct computations to use when solving resistive circuits.

Section 3: Series-Parallel Resistance Circuit Practice
11:47

Lectures 7 through 11 present an example series-parallel circuit. The instructor then, in detail, walks you through the process of identifying the potential next steps, and how to apply the rules of series circuits, parallel circuits and series-parallel circuits to completely solve the example circuit.

13:02

Lectures 7 through 11 present an example series-parallel circuit. The instructor then, in detail, walks you through the process of identifying the potential next steps, and how to apply the rules of series circuits, parallel circuits and series-parallel circuits to completely solve the example circuit.

12:52

Lectures 7 through 11 present an example series-parallel circuit. The instructor then, in detail, walks you through the process of identifying the potential next steps, and how to apply the rules of series circuits, parallel circuits and series-parallel circuits to completely solve the example circuit.

08:51

Lectures 7 through 11 present an example series-parallel circuit. The instructor then, in detail, walks you through the process of identifying the potential next steps, and how to apply the rules of series circuits, parallel circuits and series-parallel circuits to completely solve the example circuit.

Series-Parallel Practice Problem, Part 5
08:41
7 questions

This quiz presents a final circuit that you should be able to solve using the information you have learned throughout this series of courses.

Section 4: Semester Summary
15:28

Since this course is week 8 of an 8 week series on DC Electronics, the instructor takes this time to review all you have learned in the last 8 weeks. A summary of all the rules needed to correctly solve any series, parallel or series-parallel circuit is provided for you.

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Instructor Biography

Richard Vannoy, College programming, database and electronics instructor

College teacher for computer programming (C, C++, Visual Basic, Python, Java), database (SQL, Access), microcontrollers, Programmable Logic Controllers, basic and intermediate electronics for seventeen years. Teaching awards include Instructor of the Quarter (Four Awards), Regional Instructor of the Quarter, Employee of the Year, Employee of the Month (Two Awards)

Ten years employed as computer programmer.

Degrees: Computer Programming, Electronics, Information Technology.

Interests: Arduino, 8051 Assembly Programming, robotics, electronics

Founder and past president of San Diego Robotics Society. Member and guest lecturer Riverside and Long Beach Robotics Societies.

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