# d.c circuits

• Oct 2nd 2013, 11:18 AM
Jock
d.c circuits
The circuit shows a 10kohm potentiometer with a 5kohm load. Determine the position of the slider on the "pot" when the voltage across the point "xx" is 3v? ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting
Any help greatly received as I am really struggling with this. Thanks
• Oct 2nd 2013, 07:57 PM
topsquark
Re: d.c circuits
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Originally Posted by Jock
The circuit shows a 10kohm potentiometer with a 5kohm load. Determine the position of the slider on the "pot" when the voltage across the point "xx" is 3v? ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting
Any help greatly received as I am really struggling with this. Thanks

You have two resistors in parallel, the 5 kOhm and R (from the potentiometer.) You know, then, there is a 3 V potential difference across the 5 kOhm resistor as well as 3 V across the R. You also know that the currents in a parallel circuit are additive. So....
$\displaystyle 3 = I_1 \cdot 5$

$\displaystyle 3 = I_2 R$

$\displaystyle 9 = I R_{eq}$
where this last is for the circuit as a whole. (Recall $\displaystyle I = I_1 + I_2$)

Three equations, three unknowns...

-Dan