Difference Between Series and Parallel Circuits

Electrical circuits are made up of both series and parallel circuits, but there is a difference between them. An electric circuits consists of many instruments attached to it such as resistors, diodes and switches which are positioned in a circuit structurally. And with these structure of placement, there is a difference in output.

Difference Between Series and Parallel Circuits
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Difference Between Series and Parallel Circuits

The major difference is that the series circuits have the same amount of current flow through all the components placed in it. It got its name due to the fact that components are placed in the same single path of the flow of current in electric circuit. On the other hand, in parallel circuits the components are placed in parallel with each other. This circuit splits the current flow. The current flowing from the source will be divided into the current flowing through each of these components.

Difference Between Series and Parallel Circuits
Series Parallel
Same amount of current flows through all the components The current flowing through each components combines to form the current flow through the source.
In an electrical circuit, components are arranged in a line In an electrical circuit, components are arranged parallel with each other
When resistors are put in a circuit, the voltage across each resistor is different even though the current flow is the same through all of them. When resistors are put in this circuit, the voltage across each of the resistors is the same. And even the polarities are same
If one component breaks down, the whole circuit will burn out. Other components will function even if one component breaks down, each has its own independent circuit
If \(V_{t}\) it total voltage then it is equal to V1+V2+V3 If \(V_{t}\) it total voltage then it is equal to V1=V2=V3

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