basic voltage query

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Albert Symes

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got a question i cant find the answer to,can anybody help.cheers

a 12v dc supply is connected to 2 100k resistors in series.a voltmeter has sensitivity of 10,000 per volt is swithed to its 10v range,

calculate 1)voltage reading

2) the percentage error of meter reading in part (1)
 

Thread Starter

Albert Symes

Joined Oct 22, 2015
41
got a question i cant find the answer to,can anybody help.cheers

a 12v dc supply is connected to 2 100k resistors in series.a voltmeter has sensitivity of 10,000 per volt is swithed to its 10v range,

calculate 1)voltage reading

2) the percentage error of meter reading in part (1)
 

WBahn

Joined Mar 31, 2012
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10,000 what per volt? Cats? Geraniums?

Since this is homework, you need to show YOUR best attempt to solve YOUR homework problem. It doesn't have to extensive or correct, but you need to give us something to start from. We aren't going to just work your homework for you.
 
It's not a well-formed question.
e.g. The voltage across the 12 V source is 12 V/

They probably want the voltage across one resistor. You also have to assume that the the voltage source is ideal. You can only measure one resistor at a time.

So find the voltage across the resistor with no meter.

Use the ohms/V relation to figure out what the meter's resistance would be at that voltage.
ohm/V * Volts = ohms(meter)

Calculate it again with the calculated resistance in parallel with 100K.
 

WBahn

Joined Mar 31, 2012
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your right,i humbly apologies for that mistake
Not a problem -- take another shot at it.

Hint: Be sure to get the correct units for the meter sensitivity and then track the units through your work -- most mistakes can be caught that way.
 

WBahn

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12v x 10,000 ohm =120,000 /10 = 12000 v
Again,

12 V x 10,000 ohm = 120,000 ohm

It does NOT equal 120,000/10.

Even if it did, 120,000/10 = 12,000 and NOT 12,000 V.

And what is this 12000 V supposed to be? The reading on the voltmeter? Does that make any sense whatsoever?

You haven't yet indicated how the voltmeter is connected to the circuit. Don't make us guess.

What is the definition of the sensitivity for a voltmeter? What are the proper units for it?

Don't guess -- look it up.
 

WBahn

Joined Mar 31, 2012
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Okay. So the sensitivity of your voltmeter is 10,000 Ω/V.

Now, what does this mean? What IS voltmeter sensitivity? What does it tell you?
 
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