Problem: Two resistors in SeriesConsider the setup shown of two ideal ohmic resistors. (Figure 1).Resistor 1 has resistance R1, and resistor 2 has resistance R2. They are connected in series with a constant voltage of magnitude V. When the two resistors are connected in this way, they form a system equivalent to a single resistor of resistance R, as shown in the next diagram. (Figure 2).Part AWhat is the effective resistance R of the two-resistor system?Express the effective resistance in terms of R1 and R2.

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Equivalent resistance for resistors in series:

Req=R1+R2+...+Rn

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Two resistors in Series

Consider the setup shown of two ideal ohmic resistors. (Figure 1).

Resistor 1 has resistance R1, and resistor 2 has resistance R2. They are connected in series with a constant voltage of magnitude V. When the two resistors are connected in this way, they form a system equivalent to a single resistor of resistance R, as shown in the next diagram. (Figure 2).

Part A

What is the effective resistance R of the two-resistor system?

Express the effective resistance in terms of R1 and R2.

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