Help - Is the Textbook wrong?

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by mike665, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. mike665

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    ok here's the here's the problem
    you have a circuit all elements are in series
    voltage source E=20v
    R3=x - drop in voltage across R3 is 4v

    because you know the drop in voltage across R3=4v, you can determine the total drop in voltage across R1 and R2 must be 16V Right?
    so from there u use the voltage divider rule to find out Rtotal using R1R2 = 8Kohms, Vx = 16v, E=20v...and you get Rt=10Kohms...Right?

    so to find out R3 using voltage divider rule knowing Vx=4v,E=20v,and Rt=10kohms you get R3=2kohms right!?!?!

    ...the textbook gives the answer as 1.6k ohms, the answer i get is 2k ohms..
    even if you try to solve the problem using the ratio method you still get 2 k ohms, but the book gives 1.6 k ohms...
    WHAT GIVES!?!?!let me know if these words are too difficult to understand, i will try to simplify
  2. hgmjr

    Retired Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    I also get 2K as the value for R3.

    I am not sure where the book came up with 1.6K.

  3. Distort10n

    Active Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    It's 2k. Your textbook is wrong!:eek: