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# Solve the Following Problem. When Two Resistors Are Connected in Series, Their Effective Resistance is 80 W. When They Are Connected in Parallel, Their Effective Resistance is 20 W. - Science and Technology

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Solve the following problem.
When two resistors are connected in series, their effective resistance is 80 W. When they are connected in parallel, their effective resistance is 20 W. What are the values of the two resistances?    (Answer : 40 W , 40 W)

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#### Solution

Let the two resistances be R_1 and R_2 . Therefore,
R_1 + R_2 = 80 Ω
or , R_1 = 80 - R_2 ....(i)
and
1/R_1 + 1/R_2 = 1/20
⇒ R_1R_2 = 20(R_1+R_2)
As , R_1 = 80-R_2
⇒ (80 - R_2)R_2 = 20(80 - R_2 + R_2)
80R_2^2 - R_2 = 1600
R_2^2 - 80R_2 + 1600 = 0
(R_2 - 40) (R_2 - 40) = 0
⇒ R_2 = 40 Ω
From (i) , we get
R_1 = 80-40 =40 Ω

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#### APPEARS IN

Balbharati Science and Technology 9th Standard Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 3 Current Electricity
Exercise | Q 9.2 | Page 45
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