What is a Series Circuit? - Definition & Example


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If several resistors are connected in series, how does this affect the current in the circuit?

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1. If several resistors are connected in series, how does this affect the voltage in the circuit?

2. If several resistors are connected in series, how do you find the equivalent resistance of the circuit?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Why does one faulty Christmas light make the entire strand of lights go out? This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of series circuits.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your knowledge of the following:

  • How resistors and voltage affect a series circuit
  • Practical application of equivalent resistance
  • Characteristics of parallel and series circuits

Skills Practiced

Students taking this quiz will also gain practice in these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on characteristics of a series circuit
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve equivalent resistance practice problems
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast series circuits and parallel circuits
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about current and voltage in a series circuit

Additional Learning

The lesson titled What is a Series Circuit? - Definition and Example provides an in-depth look into the characteristics of a series circuit, and contains the following objectives:

  • Explain components of a series RLC circuit
  • Explore advantages of a series circuit over a parallel circuit
  • Describe positive/negative connections between components in parallel and series circuits