# series and parallel cicuits! HELP!

#### raa849

Joined Feb 8, 2009
3
do two identical loads in parallel have a greater total current than when they are connected in series?

#### beenthere

Joined Apr 20, 2004
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What is Rt for R1 and R2 in series? In parallel?

#### raa849

Joined Feb 8, 2009
3
well there are no numbers. we just have to prove the statement right or wrong.

"two identical loads in parallel have a greater total current than when they are connected in series"

when looking back on my notes..i'm pretty sure this statement is wrong right? because isnt the current equal?

#### raa849

Joined Feb 8, 2009
3
"two identical loads in parallel have a greater total current than when they were connected in series?"

#### bvj09

Joined Feb 1, 2009
3
Take another look at your parallel circuit and notice that each resistor is connected directly to the source/battery and not to each other. So, the source must supply current to the first resistor AND the second, AND... . Thus the total current is the sum of the individual branch currents. In the case of the series connection, there is only one " branch" through which current must flow; the magnitude of which is determined by the total resistance of the branch.