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A battery with EMF 90.0 V has internal resistance R_b = 8.68 Omega.
What is the reading V_v of a voltmeter having total resistance R_v = 485 \Omega when it is placed across the terminals of the battery?
Express your answer with three significant figures.
V_v =88.4V
This is the value I found is correct. I don't see how to solve this next question.

What is the maximum value that the ratio R_b/R_v may have if the percent error in the reading of the EMF of a battery is not to exceed 3.00 %?

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    Give up - this question is impossible.

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    Physics2212 students... lets all protest against mastering physics.

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    Consider the fractional error as
    a = (V-V_v)/V

    where a is equal to the 0.03 (because in this question the percent error is 3.00%)

    You should know from Kirchhoff's rule that the Electric potential difference is


    You also found out that Elec. Poten. diff. with only the voltmeter as resistance is

    V_v =IR_v

    You plug in the Voltage equations to the first equation for the error and play a little with algebra you get the ratio as

    R_b/R_v = (1/(1-a))-1

    Got me the right answer. ;)

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