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###### Asked in Electrical Engineering

### Do modern homes use electricity that is arranged in series or in parallel circuits?

In a modern home you use parallel circuit's. The reason why they
are parallel circuit and not series is For example: say your
kitchen light goes off, if that light goes off the others in your
house won't. They also use parallel circuit in schools.
However, when there is a switch in the circuit, that switch is
in series with the load, so you could say that electrical wiring is
arranged in series-parallel.

###### Asked in Christmas, Physics

### Would you use Series or parallel circuit for Christmas lights?

Yes you would use a serial circuit
You would use parallel circuit lights for a Christmas tree
because if you used series circuit lights, and one of the bulb
blows, the rest of the bulbs will go out.
But with parallel circuit lights, if one bulb blows the rest of
the bulbs will remain their brightness.

###### Asked in Computer Networking, Electronics Engineering, Physics

### What is a combinational circuit?

It was mentioned that there are two different ways to connect
two or more electrical devices together in a circuit. They can be
connected by means of series connections or by means of parallel
connections. When all the devices in a circuit are connected by
series connections, then the circuit is referred to as a series
circuit. When all the devices in a circuit are connected by
parallel connections, then the circuit is referred to as a parallel
circuit. A third type of circuit involves the dual use of series
and parallel connections in a circuit; such circuits are referred
to as compound circuits or combination circuits. The circuit
depicted at the right is an example of the use of both series and
parallel connections within the same circuit. In this case, light
bulbs A and B are connected by parallel connections and light bulbs
C and D are connected by series connections. This is an example of
a combination circuit
By Engineer
Muhammad Zaheer Meer GMS

###### Asked in Physics

### What do parallel circuit NOT have in common with series circuit?

Parallel circuits have several things that are not in common
with series circuit.
First, parallel circuits have the same voltage across the
different elements, whereas series circuit have the same current
going through the different elements.
If you are trying to find the total resistance across a
parallel circuit and compare it to a series circuit, you have to
use different equations.
For the series circuit: Rtotal = R1 + R2 + R3 + etc...
For the parallel circuit: 1/Rtotal = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3 +
etc...
I hope that helps.
Dr. Yacob Astatke, Morgan State University, Baltimore,
Maryland

###### Asked in Science, Home Electricity, Electronics Engineering

### To find the current in a complex circuit it is necessary to know?

the source voltage and the total impedance
Answer
A 'complex circuit' describes a category of circuit that
is neither series, parallel, nor series-parallel. A
relatively-simple example of a complex circuit is a Wheatstone
Bridge. You cannot analyse or resolve a complex circuit
using the techniques used to analyse and resolve series, parallel,
or series-parallel circuit. Instead you must use one or other of
the various electrical theorems. For example, to determine the
currents flowing in a Wheatstone Bridge circuit, you could use
Kirchhoff's Laws or Thevenin's Theorem.

###### Asked in Electronics Engineering, Physics

### How do you build a series circuit in your home?

You do not build a series circuit in your home. The only series
circuits are the circuits that go through circuit breakers, light
switches, and relays. Electrical and electronic devices use
internal series circuits but those are the only ones people build.
No one builds series circuits for house wiring. Electrical outlets
are connected with parallel wiring.

###### Asked in Electronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Circuits, Similarities Between

### What are the similarities between parallel circuits and series circuits?

Both parallel circuits and series circuits could have light
bulbs, wires, batteries and switches in them. Is that perhaps
the answer being looked for by the person(s) who asked this
question?
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In fact there are more differences than similarities
between series and parallel circuits. But circuits are not simply
categorised as being 'series' or 'parallel'.
In fact, there are four categories of circuit.
Series, parallel, series-parallel, and
complex. The term 'complex' is somewhat misleading because
it doesn't necessarily mean 'complicated'; rather, it is a 'catch
all' expression for any circuit that isn't one of the
others!
A series circuit is a one in which components,
such as lamps, resistors, etc., are joined 'end-to-end' so that the
same current must pass through each of these components. Whenever
current passes through a component, it causes a voltage drop to
appear across each, and the sum of each of these voltage drops will
equal the supply voltage (Kirchhoff's Voltage Law). Old fashioned
Christmas-tree lights are an example of a series circuit -you will
probably remember that if one lamp goes out, then they all go
out!!
A parallel circuit is one in which each component
forms a separate 'branch', or route, through the circuit. The
supply voltage is common to each of these branches, and each
component draws its own, separate, current -the sum of which
determines the amount of current drawn form the supply (Kirchhoff's
Current Law). All the appliances in your house are connected in
parallel with each other, so each is subject to the same supply
voltage and, if one stops working, the others continue to work.
So, as you can see, there are no
similarities between a series circuit and a parallel circuit,
but there are important differences.
A series-parallel circuit (sometimes called a
'combinational' circuit) combines the characteristics of the series
and the parallel circuit. For example if one branch of a parallel
circuit consisted of three lamps in series with each other, then
this would be a series-parallel circuit. There are an infinite
number of examples of series-parallel circuits used in
electronics.
A complex circuit describes any circuit which
isn't series, parallel, or series-parallel. If you have
access to any electrical textbook, you could look up a
'Wheatstone Bridge' circuit -this is a very simple example
of a 'complex' circuit.
You cannot use the same rules to solve or to simplify
complex circuits, as you can use for series, parallel, or
series-parallel circuits. Instead, you must use one or other of a
range of special methods, called Network Theorems. These
include Thevenin's Theorem, Norton's Theorem, etc.
These are best-learnt only after you have learned how to solve
series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits!

###### Asked in Electronics Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering

### Why use parallel circuit over series in household circuit?

A series circuit is like the old string of Christmas Tree
lights. If any bulb burns out none of the others light because the
circuit is now open. The same would happen if you used series
wiring in a house. Another draw back is the number of devices in
series governs how much voltage would be across each device.