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Ch 5 Glossary

Circuit A combination of a number of elements joined at terminal points providing at least one closed path through which charge can flow.
Closed loop Any continuous connection of branches that allows tracing of a path that leaves a point in one direction and returns to that same point from another direction without leaving the circuit.
Internal resistance The inherent resistance found internal to any source of energy.
Kirchhoff's voltage Jaw (KVL) The algebraic sum of the potential rises and drops around a closed loop (or path) is zero.
Protoboard (breadboard) A flat board with a set pattern of conductively connected holes designed to accept 24-gage wire and components with leads of about the same diameter.
Series circuit A circuit configuration in which the elements have only one point in common and each terminal is not connected to a third, current-carrying element.
Two-terminal device Any element or component with two external terminals for connection to a network configuration.
Voltage divider rule (VDR) A method by which a voltage in a series circuit can be determined without first calculating the current in the circuit.
Voltage regulation (VR) A value, given as a percent, that provides an indication of the change in terminal voltage of a supply with a change in load demand.
Created by: rbartholomy