Electronics S1W8: Series-Parallel Resistor Combinations
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# 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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Created by Richard Vannoy
Last updated 12/2015
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What Will I Learn?
• 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.
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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.)
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.

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

Preview 07:46

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

Preview 13:13

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

Series-Parallel Examples, Part 1
08:28

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

Series-Parallel Examples, Part 2
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Tests your knowledge of how to identify series, parallel or series-parallel resistor combinations.

Section 1: Identifying Resistor Circuit Configurations
11 questions
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Determining Currents, Voltage and Resistance in Circuits
2 Lectures 25:07

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: Determining Currents and Voltage, Part 1
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.

6 Determining Currents and Voltage, Part 2
12:12

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

Section 2: Determining Currents, Voltage and Resistance
5 questions
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Series-Parallel Resistance Circuit Practice
5 Lectures 55:13

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 1
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.

Series-Parallel Practice Problem, Part 2
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.

Series-Parallel Practice Problem, Part 3
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.

Series-Parallel Practice Problem, Part 4
08:51

Series-Parallel Practice Problem, Part 5
08:41

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

Final Exam; Series-Parallel Circuits
7 questions
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Semester Summary
1 Lecture 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.

Semester Summary
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