5L10.70 - Resistor - Resistor Circuits

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Resistor - Resistor Circuits
Phase Shifts
Area of Study:
Electricity & Magnetism
Resistor Boxes (2), Wave Generator (Wavetek), Oscilloscope.

Place the generator and the resistor boxes in series as shown. Measure across the resistors with the oscilloscope.

NOTE: That only one ground is needed for both channels of the oscilloscope.

There will be no observed phase shift of the signals although the signal height will change with a change of the resistor values.

  • W. Bolton, "Phase Difference", Book 4 - Electricity, Physics Experiments and Projects, 1968, p. 62-63.

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