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Unformatted text preview: circuit is where that current travels through all the lights in the strand. In this case if you remove one bulb they will all go out because there is a break in the series flow, and the current is cut off. But if you were to break one of the blubs and leave it in the circuit the lights will stay on because the connection is still in tact. This occurs because in a series circuit there is a third wire running along the strand of lights and this wire acts as a parallel type circuit so that the lights will stay on even if one blub breaks. Ohms law helps explain these holiday lights in stating that the proportionality constant is the resistance, the change in potential across the lights in the circuit are proportional to the current going through the lights. Physics explains how each little bulb on the huge strand of lights works throughout each holiday season that come around. Parallel Circuit Series Circuit Picture found at - http://people.howstuffworks.com...
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course CRJS 100 taught by Professor Stew during the Fall '11 term at Maryland.
- Fall '11