# Confusing resistance and power question

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A circuit is set up with a cell of internal resistance r and e.m.f. V in series with a resistor of resistance R. The total power dissipated in the circuit is P1.

An identical cell is placed both in parallel with the first cell and in parallel with the resistor of resistance R, which are already in parallel with each other. The total power dissipated in the circuit is now P2. The ratio P2/P1 = 7/5.

What is the ratio R/r?

I got the equations: I = V2/r 2I = V1/R
P1 = V^2/(R+r) P2 = (2I)^2R + 2Ir
V = V1 + V2

I think my algebraic skills may be a bit off, or my equation for P2 must be wrong? The power dissipated from each circuit is the power dissipated from each resistor totalled up. I can't seem to simplify it down.

Thank you!
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4 months ago
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For the top circuit, the power is gotten via considering the power from each component, via

which is one of the equations you've got.

For the bottom circuit/second one, I'm having trouble visualizing what they're after, but the diagram I've drawn is the one I'll go on. The cells are in parallel, and then the resistor is slapped in "parallel" with them... although here it just seems to be in series with the two cells forming a parallel effective cell... anyway someone else reading this should definitely take a look and maybe try to help a bit better.

Anyway, going on the circuit I've drawn, you can see that the two cells are effectively in series with the resistor, forming an "effective cell" with a resistance

which gives

The new circuit effectively reduces to

for that combination, which is something you can solve through in the exact same way as you did for the first circuit, except with instead of .
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4 months ago
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To follow up a bit... the power in the new circuit is going to be something like

and you know that

which is a perfectly solvable equation, at least to get or whatever.

Again please for the love of god check over what I've written, my interpretation of the question is likely off.
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