Q. 63.7( 30 Votes )

Two bulbs are rated (P1, V) and (P2, V). If they are connected (i) in series and (ii) in parallel across a supply V, find the power dissipated in the two combinations in terms of P1 and P2.

Answer :

Concepts/Formulas Used:

Resistors in Series:

Power dissipated by a resistor:

The power dissipated by a resistor of resistance R with potential difference V across it and current I passing through it is given by:

Ohm’s law:

Potential Difference (V) across a resistor of resistance R when current I passes through it is given by Ohm’s law:

Let us find the resistance of the two bulbs.

We know that,



In series, the net resistance is:

The current in the circuit is

The power dissipated in the first bulb:

The power dissipated in the first bulb:


In parallel, the potential through both is V. Hence the power is the same as the rated power i.e. P1 and P2.

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