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Series Circuits

Indicate whether the sentence or statement is true or false.

____ 1. A series circuit can have only one voltage source.

____ 2. In a series circuit, two or more electrical components or elements are connected across the same voltage
____ 3. Current flow is the same through all the elements of a series circuit.
____ 4. If a resistor color coded Brn,Blk,Brn is connected in series with another resistor coded Red,Blk,Brn the total
resistance is equal to 300 .
____ 5. In a series circuit, the sum of all the voltage drops must equal the sum of all the voltage rises.
____ 6. The load power must equal the source power in a series circuit.
____ 7. If the voltage doubles in a series circuit, then each resistor must dissipate twice the power.
____ 8. If the total resistance decreased by 50% in a series circuit, the total load power would increase by 50%.
____ 9. The source voltage would be measured across an open resistor in a series circuit.
____ 10. The current through an open resistor will always be zero.
____ 11. The voltage across a shorted resistor will always be zero.
____ 12. A short of one resistor in a series circuit always increases the power dissipation of all the other series
____ 13. If one of the resistors in a voltage divider circuit becomes shorted, the total resistance of the circuit will
____ 14. A series circuit can only have one common reference point.
____ 15. An open anywhere in a series circuit will result in no current being drawn from the source.
____ 16. If all resistors in a voltage divider have their resistance values decreased by a factor of two while the source
voltage is constant, the output voltage across each resistor will be unchanged.
____ 17. A fuse is used to protect a series circuit. If the fuse is open, source voltage will be measured across the fuse.
____ 18. When one light bulb opens in a series circuit, all of the remaining light bulbs in that series circuit remain

Multiple Choice
Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

____ 19. Four equal valued resistors are connected in series to a 12-Volt source. The voltage across each resistor is:
a. 48 V c. 3 V
b. 6 V d. 4 V
____ 20. Two resistors color coded Red,Blk,Blk are connected in series to a 60-Volt source. The current drawn from
the source is:
a. 0.5 A c. 1.5 A
b. 1 A d. 20 A
____ 21. Three resistors color coded Brn,Red,Blk are connected in series to a 24-Volt source. The total power is:
a. 12 W c. 24 W
b. 16 W d. 36 W
____ 22. Two resistors color coded Brn,Blk,Red are connected in series to a 20-Volt source. The power dissipated by
each of the resistors is:
a. 0.1 W c. 2 W
b. 0.2 W d. 20 W
____ 23. A series-dropping resistor is needed to permit operation of a 12-Volt 24-Watt light bulb from a 24-Volt
battery. The value of series-dropping resistance required is:
a. 1 c. 6
b. 3 d. 24
____ 24. Two resistors color coded Brn,Grn,Blk,Silver are connected in series to a 9-Volt source. Taking into account
the resistor tolerances, what is the maximum current that could be drawn from the source?
a. 0.20 A c. 0.33 A
b. 0.25 A d. 0.45 A

Short Answer

25. Three 47- and four 36- resistors are connected in series. What is the total resistance?
26. Three 30-k resistors are connected in series to a 12-V source. What is the voltage across each resistor?
27. A series circuit contains one 25-, one 75-, and two 50- resistors connected to a 24-V source. What is the
current in this circuit?
28. A voltage divider contains one 1-k, one 2-k, one 3-k, and two 5-k resistors connected in series to a 12-
V source. How much voltage is across the 2-k resistor?
29. What is the value of series-dropping resistance needed in series with a 6-V 12-W light bulb to allow operation
from a 12-Volt battery?
30. Four 12-V 18-W light bulbs are connected in series. What is the total resistance?
Series Circuits
Answer Section


1. ANS: F
2. ANS: F
3. ANS: T
4. ANS: T
5. ANS: T
6. ANS: T
7. ANS: F
8. ANS: F
9. ANS: T
10. ANS: T
11. ANS: T
12. ANS: T
13. ANS: F
14. ANS: T
15. ANS: T
16. ANS: T
17. ANS: T
18. ANS: F


19. ANS: C
20. ANS: C
21. ANS: B
22. ANS: A
23. ANS: C
24. ANS: C


25. ANS:
26. ANS:
27. ANS:
120 mA
28. ANS:
1.5 V
29. ANS:
30. ANS: