Non-Ideal Voltmeter & Non-Ideal Ammeter

A student built an electric circuit that consists of an ideal battery, a voltmeter with resistance RV, an ammeter with resistance RA and a resistor R. She connected all elements in the circuit as shown in Fig. (1). The voltmeter showed a reading of 1V and the ammeter showed a current of 1A. Then, another student switched between the voltmeter and ammeter Fig. (2). As a result, the voltmeter showed the reading of 2V and the ammeter showed the current of 0.5A. What is the resistance of the resistor?

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The rod is “flying” above the cable

The rod is flying above the cableA conducting rod of length l, mass m, and resistance R is suspended by two vertical conducting wires of lengths d each. The circuit consists of a battery ε, the horizontal fixed wires, two parallel vertical wires , and the conducting rod. All conducting wires have negligible resistance and mass. There is a conducting long cable. The cable is below the rod and at a distance x.
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When the fuse blows

FUSEA fuse is a device to avoid the flow of a large current in a circuit. The potential difference across the fuse is negligible. In our circuit, the maximum current allowed through the fuse is 10 A. The light bulbs marked 40 Watt, 110 V. The bulbs connected to a voltage source of 110 V. What is the maximum number of bulbs that can be placed in parallel before the fuse blows?

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