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Problem 30.11: RC circuit: rank the resistance of the light bulbs

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In the animation, you can close and open switches to see what happens to the voltage across the capacitor (red), the voltage across the resistor (green), and the total voltage across the capacitor plus resistor (blue). Initially, the capacitor is charged. After pushing "play, " you should throw the switches (voltage is given in volts and time is given in seconds). Restart. Rank the resistors in the three circuits from highest to lowest and explain your rankings.

Problem authored by Anne J. Cox.
Script authored by Wolfgang Christian.

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