Electricity: Electric Ciruits

Electric Circuits: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 23:

Voltmeters can be used to determine the voltage difference between two points on a circuit. An ammeter can be used to determine the current at any given location on a circuit. The circuit at the right is powered by a 12.0-volt battery and utilizes two voltmeters and two ammeters to measure voltage drops and currents. The resistor values are 1.28 Ω (R1) and 3.85 Ω (R2). Determine the ammeter readings and voltmeter readings.

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