# Open Resistors

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by MeltedOzark, Nov 8, 2011.

1. ### MeltedOzark Thread Starter New Member

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Hello electrical enthusiasts, my friend and I require assistance for our electronics class.

We have to find the voltage drops in a series circuit with 5 resistors, the 3rd of which is open. Now, as far as I know, this resistor gives infinite resistance, so we don't understand how we calculate current for the circuit (the only method we know being V/R).

Now, our knowledge on circuits is extremely limited, so it would be greatly appreciated if someone explains this in simple terms. Thanks in advance for any help

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You already have a valid formula for the current in the circuit: I = V/R.

As you say, if a resistor is open, it has infinite resistance. What then is the circuit current?

3. ### crutschow Expert

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Hint -- The question is: where does the voltage drop occur and how much is it?

4. ### MeltedOzark Thread Starter New Member

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The question asks for the voltage drops at all the resistors, but if the current is zero, there aren't any voltage drops?(meaning its a trick question). Or just a big drop at the battery? As the total voltage for the circuit is 24V.

5. ### praondevou AAC Fanatic!

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You are almost there.

If the current is zero then there are no voltage drops on the resistors that are not broken. V=IxR

Now I wonder how we could solve the voltage drop on the broken resistor with the formula V=IxR. Is that zero multiplied with infinite?

If the total voltage is 24V and there is no voltage drop on the intact resistors then the total voltage appears at: ?

6. ### crutschow Expert

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Or: If you put a voltmeter across each resistor, one at a time, what would you measure for each resistor?

7. ### MeltedOzark Thread Starter New Member

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So the voltage drop at R1,2,4,5 is 0, while R3 is 24?

If that's correct, I totally understand it, and I thank you gentlemen

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That's it.