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Circuits: Determine how brightness of bulbs change when switch is closed

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For each of the following circuits, determine how the brightness of the bulbs change when the switch is closed. Please see attachment

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3 November 2003

For each of the following circuits, determine how the brightness of the bulbs change when the switch is closed.

A.

B.

There are several ways to answer these questions, but you must support your answer with a quantitative argument.

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Part A:

Let's call the bulb on the left Bulb #1 and the one on the right Bulb #2.

If the switch is closed Bulb #2 will turn off, because the current will be re-routed around Bulb #2 through the switch. This is because the electron charges will choose the path of least resistance, which is the switch, as opposed to the light bulb filament.

Bulb #1 will become brighter. Why? Originally the voltage source supplied a voltage V and a current I through a resistance R, which is made up of the resistances of the two light bulbs added ...

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