Posted by **Dav e** on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 5:01pm.

I'll try to explain the schmatic drawing...

a 120V battery, total of 12A, leads into a 8ohm resistor (R1), then breaks off into two parallel lines, R2 and R3. the resistance is unknown in R2, and in R3 the resistance is 3 ohms. I need to find the Amperage in R1,R2 and R3 as well as the resistance (ohms) on R2

I hope this explains it... HELP

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**Dav e**, Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 5:02pm
OOOPA and the voltage at R1, R2 and R3

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**Damon**, Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 5:11pm
12 amps through R1

volts across R1 = 8*12 = 72

That leaves 120 - 72 = 48 volts across R2 and R3

amps through R3 = 48/3 = 16 amps

You have a typo I think. Perhaps R3 is 30 and not 3 ohms?

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**Dav e**, Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 5:38pm
R3 is 3 ohms

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**Damon**, Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 5:49pm
Well, you have set up a physically impossible situation where R2 would have to be negative. You can not have 12 amps coming out of the battery and 16 amps through R3. Please check your problem statement carefully. Maybe you have 1.2 amps out of the battery?

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**Dav e**, Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 5:50pm
For R1 voltage .. E=I*R

E=8*12=96 volts correct?

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**Damon**, Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 5:58pm
whoops, right. I multiplied wrong

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**Damon**, Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 6:00pm
120 - 96 = 24 volts across R2 and R3

current through R3 = 24/3 = 8 amps

then 4 amps through R2

R2 = 24/4 = 6 ohms

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