**Lab 07: Basic Circuit and Divider Rules**

**Objectives**

- Become familiar and organized Circuit Kit for the semester.
- Become familiar with a breadboard with the lab power supply and review the measurement of voltage, current, and resistance using a Digital Multimeter (DMM).

**Equipments**

- Breadboard
- Digital Multimeter (DMM)
- Power Supply

**Background**

**Serial Circuit**

The equivalent series resistance **R**_{series} is the sum of the individual resistances:

Key properties of a series circuit are:

- the current through all components is the same.
- the voltages across all components must added up to the source voltage, according to KVL:

**Parallel Circuit**

The equivalent parallel resistance *R*_{parallel} is given by:

Key properties of a parallel circuit are:

- the voltage across all components is the same.
- the current through all components must add up to the source current, according to KCL:

**Procedure**

## Exp #1: Connection Pattern of the Breadboard

- Set the DMM to OHMS and the range to lowest resistance. Use jumper wires to make connections to the meter. Measure the continuity between different sets of pins to determine which groups of pins are connected and which are not. Lack of continuity will be read as an open circuit by the DMM.

- Connect the power supply to the breadboard posts. Use jumper cables to transfer the power from the posts to the breadboard pins labeled “
**+**” and “**−**” at the top of the board. Measure the open-circuit voltages (**v**_{s}) to confirm that the power was transferred.

- Set th power supply to provide an output of 10 V as read on the DMM.
**Disconnect** the red wire from the power supply to the breadboard.* Do not turn off the power supply.*

## Exp #2: Basic Series Measurements

Construct the following series circuit on the breadboard, but **do not** connect the Power Supply.

**Part 2A: Equivalent Serial Resistance **

- Measure the actual values of each of your two resistors using the DMM.
- Calculate the theoretical equivalent series resistance
*R*_{S,thy} using the measured resistor values.
- Measure the total resistance
*R*_{S,expt} of the two resistors (*R*_{1} + R_{2}) using the DMM. *Do not connect the power supply for this step.*
- Use a percent difference to compare the theoretical (
**R**_{S,thy}) and experimental (**R**_{S,expt}) values. *How do they compare?* *How does the equivalent series resistance compare with that of the individual resistor values? Why?*

**Part 2B: Properties of a Series Circuit**

**Series Voltage**

- Connect the power supply to the breadboard.
- Measure the voltage across each resistor. Record your values in table.
- Verify that KVL is satisfied around the path (
*V*_{S}=V_{1} + V_{2}). From your data table is there a relationship between the resistor value and the voltage drop across the resistor? Explain your reasoning.

**Series Current**

- Energize the circuit and measure the current (
**I**) using the ammeter.

- Using the power supply voltage and the ammeter reading, calculate the equivalent series resistance
*R*_{S,Ohm} using Ohm's low. Use a percent difference to compare the *R*_{S,Ohm} with **R**_{S,expt} from **Part 2A**. How do they compare?

- Repeat
**Part 2B** where the voltage has been increased to 30 V.

Set [+25V] to maximum positive 25 voltage , and [-25V] to negative 5 voltage. Then connect the power source from the positive and negative terminals on the power supply to get totally 30 V output.

## Exp #3: Basic Parallel Measurements

Construct the following parallel circuit but **do not** connect the power supply.

**Part 3A: Equivalent Parallel Resistance**

- Measure the actual values of each of your two resistors sing the DMM.
- Calculate the theoretical equivalent parallel resistance
*R*_{P,thy} using the measured resistor values.
- Measure the total parallel resistance
*R*_{P,expt} using a DMM. *Do not connect the power supply for this step.*
- Using percent difference to compare the theoretical (
*R*_{P,thy}) and experimental (*R*_{P,expt}) values. *How do they compare? How does the equivalent parallel resistance compare with that of the individual resistor values? Why?*

**Part 3B: Properties of a Parallel Circuit**

**Parallel Currents**

- Measure the current through each resistor (
*I*_{1}, *I*_{2}) and the current source (**I**_{S}) with the DMM. Record your values in table
- Verify that KCL is satisfied (
*I*_{S} = I_{1} + I_{2}).. From your data table, is there a relationship between the resistor value and the current through each resistor? *Explain your reasoning.*

**Parallel Voltages**

- Using the supply voltage (
**v**_{S}) and the current source (*I*_{S} ), calculate the equivalent parallel resistance *R*_{P,Ohm} using Ohm’s law. Use a percent difference to compare the **R**_{P,Ohm} with **R**_{P,expt} from **Part 3A**. How do they compare?

**Questions**

## Challenge: Series and Parallel Combination Circuits

If you do not have the resistors (120 Ω, 240 Ω and 560 Ω), then you can skip the step (c) on both parts..

**Part 1**

- Design a circuit that has two resistors (120 Ω and 240 Ω) in series in parallel with a third resistor (560 Ω). Connection the combination of resistors to the power supply set at 10.0 V.
- Calculate the voltage across and the current through each of the three resistors. Record your calculations in a table.
- Measure the voltage across and the current through each resistor using the DMM. Record your measurements in a table.
*How do they compare with your calculation?*

**Part 2**

- Design a circuit that has two resistors (120 Ω and 240 Ω) in parallel in series with a third resistor (560 Ω). Connection the combination of resistors to the power supply set at 10.0 V.
- Calculate the voltage across and the current through each of the three resistors. Record your calculations in a table.
- Measure the voltage across and the current through each resistor using the DMM. Record your measurements in a table.
*How do they compare with your calculation?*