Resistors In Parallel

Resistors are said to be connected together in “Parallel” when both of their terminals are respectively connected to each terminal of the other resistor or resistors. Unlike the previous series circuit, in a parallel resistor network the current can take more than one path.

Since there are multiple paths for the supply current to flow through, the current is not the same at all points in a parallel circuit. However, the voltage drop across all of the resistors in a parallel resistive network is the same. Then, Resistors in Parallel have a Common Voltage across them and this is true for all parallel connected elements.


Resistors in Parallel

This method of calculation can be used for calculating any number of individual resistances connected together within a single parallel network. If however, there are only two individual resistors in parallel then a much simpler and quicker formula can be used to find the total resistance value, and this is given as:

Two Resistors In Parallel

R T=(R1 x R 2)/(R1+R2)