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```OHM'S LAW
PURPOSE:
To measure resistance by application of Ohm's law and to verify the
equations for series and parallel combinations of resistors.
APPARATUS:
Ohm's Law Board
Variable Regulated Power Supply
Digital Voltmeter and Digital Ammeter
METHOD:
Three unknown resistances are measured by taking a series of voltage and
current readings for each. Since Ohm's law states V = IR , a graph of V versus I
for each resistor will have a slope R. Therefore each resistance can be determined
from the graph.
The resistance of the three resistors connected in series is also found by
taking a sequence of voltage-current readings. The resistance from the slope of
the graph may then be compared with the value calculated from the series
resistance formula.
Then the three resistors are connected in parallel and the resistance of that
combination is measured in the same manner. The result can be compared to the
value calculated from the formula for parallel resistors.
Finally, a series-parallel combination of the three resistors is found by
graphing V versus I and the result compared to that from formula.
PROCEDURE:
HAVE AN INSTRUCTOR CHECK ALL CIRCUITS BEFORE
TURNING ON ANY POWER SUPPLY
1.
Individual resistors
a.
Connect the resistor marked R1 in series with the dc power supply
and ammeter as in Figure 1.
Power Supply
+
V
+
+
R1
Figure 1
I
b.
2.
Connect the voltmeter across the resistor. Turn on both digital
meters. c.
The current control on the power supply should be
near, but not at its maximum, the voltage control should be at its
minimum. Note that with no applied voltage, the current reads
zero. Record these two values. Turn on the power supply and
adjust it until the voltmeter reading is 2 volts. Record this voltage
d.
e.
Repeat steps 1a through 1d with each of the other two resistors. (R2
and R3)
f.
Turn off the digital meters turn the voltage to zero, then turn off
the power supply.
Resistors in series
a.
Connect the three resistors in series with each other and with the dc
power supply and the ammeter as in Figure 2.
Power Supply
+
V
+
+
R1
R2
R
3
Figure 2
b.
c.
d.
3.
Connect the voltmeter so that it is across all three resistors as
shown. Turn on both digital meters.
Turn on the power supply and take readings as before, but with
voltages of 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 volts.
Turn off the digital meters turn the voltage to zero, then turn off
the power supply.
Resistors in parallel
a.
Connect the three resistors in parallel, and the combination in
series with the power supply and ammeter as shown in Figure 3.
I
Power Supply
+
+
+
V
I
R2
R3
b.
c.
d.
4.
Figure 3
Connect the voltmeter across the parallel combination of resistors.
Turn on both digital meters.
Turn on the power supply and take readings as before for applied
voltages of 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 volts.
Turn off the digital meters turn the voltage to zero, then turn off
the power supply.
Series-parallel combination
a.
Connect R2 and R3 in parallel and that combination in series with
R1, the power supply and the ammeter as shown in figure 4.
+
Power Supply
V
+
+
R
I
2
R1
R3
b.
c.
d.
Figure 4
Connect the voltmeter across the series-parallel combination of
resistors as shown. Turn on both digital meters.
Again make measurements for voltage and current with applied
voltages of 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 volts.
Turn the voltage to zero, then turn off the power supply and
disconnect the circuit. Make sure that all digital meters are turned
off.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
ANALYSIS:
Use Graphical Analysis to produce a graph of voltage (volts) versus
current (amperes) for each of the three resistors. These graphs should be
done on the same sheet do this by entering your data for R1, then choose
New Data Set from the Data menu and enter the data for R2 etc. From
these graphs determine values for R1, R2 and R3.
Use Graphical Analysis to produce graphs on the same sheet of voltage
versus current for the series, parallel and series-parallel combination.
From these graphs determine the equivalent resistance for each case.
Using resistance values found in step 1, compute a theoretical value for
the series equivalent resistance using:
R = R1 + R2 + R3
Equation 1
Compare your experimental value to that computed from Equation 1.
Using resistance values found in step 1, compute a theoretical value for
the parallel equivalent resistance using:
1
1
1
1
=
+
+
Equation 2
R R1 R2 R3
Compare your experimental value to that computed from Equation 2.
Using resistance values found in step 1, compute a theoretical value for
the series-parallel equivalent resistance using:
R R
R = R1 + 2 3
Equation 3
R2 + R3
Compare your experimental value to that computed from Equation 3.
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