# The Wheatstone Bridge The circuit shown in Fig called a Wheatstone bridge. is used to determine !he value of an unknown resistor X by comparison with three resistors M, N, and P whose resistances can be varied. For each setting,

The Wheatstone Bridge The circuit shown in Fig called a Wheatstone bridge. is used to determine !he value of an unknown resistor X by comparison with three resistors M, N, and P whose resistances can be varied. For each setting, the resistance of each resistor is precisely known. With switches K1 and K2 closed, these resistors are varied until the current in the galvanometer G is zero; the bridge is then said to be balanced.

(a) Show that under this condition the unknown resistance is given by X = MP/N. (This method permits very high precision in comparing resistors.)

(b) If the galvanometer G shows zero deflection when M = 850.0 Ω, N = 15.00 Ω, and P = 33.48 Ω, what is the unknown resistance X?

(a) Show that under this condition the unknown resistance is given by X = MP/N. (This method permits very high precision in comparing resistors.)

(b) If the galvanometer G shows zero deflection when M = 850.0 Ω, N = 15.00 Ω, and P = 33.48 Ω, what is the unknown resistance X?

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