• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Investigate methods of finding and comparing the e.m.f and internal resistance of different cells and power supplies and factors that can affect these values.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comparson of the EMF of Cells and Power supplies Investigate methods of finding and comparing the e.m.f and internal resistance of different cells and power supplies and factors that can affect these values. Hypothesis 'For conductors at constant temperature, the current is proportional to the voltage across it', Ohm's law. From this it can be said that an increase in resistance should decrease the current proportionally to the voltage. The internal resistance is the gradient from the variation of voltage against current. The power source with the greater voltage will have a greater e.m.f, because e.m.f is defined as the energy transferred to a charge, which is the same definition given to potential difference. energy transferred E.m.f = charge = current (external resistance + internal resistance) Larger cells or power supplies should have greater internal resistance. This is because internal resistance is the resistance created by the chemical reactions that occur within the cells or power supplies. The larger sources will have more chemicals within it. Therefore more chemical reaction should take place. Diagram Power source Ammeter Voltmeter Variable resistor (Resistor Box) Method 1. Set up the equipment as shown above, use a milliammeter. 2. ...read more.

Middle

Source Electromotive force/V Internal resistance/? Mitsubishi R20 1.5V 1.364 1.9 Sony R6 1.5V 1.463 3.5 Duracell R6 1.5V 1.482 4.4 Four way rectified output power supply 2V 3.355 5.0 Analysis of results According to the result, the four-way rectified output power supply gave the largest e.m.f and internal resistance, and the Mitsubishi R20 gave the smallest values. This proves that the source with the largest voltage gave the largest e.m.f and largest internal resistance. However, it does not prove that the internal resistance is due to chemical reaction and amount or not, because the Mitsubishi R20 had more chemical content than the Sony R6 or the Duracell R6. Therefore it disproves the theory that internal resistance is greater in sources with greater chemical content, although chemical reaction does affect internal resistance as it provides heat that is also internal resistance. Errors and improvements The cells and supply used should have had an initial voltage of the same value to make the test much fairer. This would mean that the cells would have similar starting voltage of about 1.5V rather than a varied range. ...read more.

Conclusion

Evaluation The results of the experiment could not only be inaccurate, but can also prove to be inconclusive, as there was a great deal of errors that could cause any number of faults in the experiment. The errors include: 1. Initial voltage not equal to 1.5V. 2. The time period for which a source has been turned on or off for. 3. The temperature of the source at different intervals in time. 4. The age of a source (also affects the output voltage). The faults that could occur are: 1. Imprecise measurements of the terminal p.d and the current. Inaccurate values will give imprecise results for the e.m.f and internal resistance. 2. High temperatures can cause a resistance that would decrease the current. However, these errors and faults would give slightly imprecise results, they would have little effect on the outcome of the experiment. This means that the experiment should still be considered a valid success. Overall the experiment is correct and does prove that the greater the supply voltage, the greater e.m.f and internal resistance. Yet, it neither proves nor disproves the case of greater chemical content giving greater internal resistance. Name: Mohammed Husnat 1 Candidate number: 9834 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Electrical & Thermal Physics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Electrical & Thermal Physics essays

  1. In this experiment, we will measure the e.m.f. and the internal resistance of a ...

    Hence the ways of connection of ammeter and voltmeter also should be in correct ways (voltmeter in parallel while ammeter in series). Otherwise, the pointer will deflect to the opposite direction. The ammeter and voltmeter may be damaged. Results & Calculations The values of e.m.f and the internal resistance of

  2. Investigating the E.m.f and Internal Resistance of 2 cells on different circuit Structures.

    + (0.5*12) E = (1 + 6) = 7 V I also expect the internal resistance to be double the internal resistance of a parallel circuit with two cells because in a parallel circuit the resistors are halved so therefore in series the internal resistance is (r).

  1. The Resolving Power Of The Eye

    The light rays received by the two cones cross at the centre of the eyeball so r = 24mm. By using a large distance for d the light rays received by the eye are almost parallel and therefore are refracted very little by the lens so that the angle of

  2. Design and Carry Out an experiment to determine the EMF and Internal Resistance of ...

    This lead me to discover that the actual output of the battery is higher than stated but is affected by a special type of resistance, internal resistance. This is basically another resistor located inside the power supply, (in this case it would be in the chemicals making the reactions and creating the power.)

  1. Measuring the e.m.f. And Internal Resistance of a Cell

    closed circuit is zero" This means the current is the same in any part of the circuit and the electromotive force = the sum of the potential differences. ? = I R + I r Since voltage = Current x Resistance and can be substituted into the above equation.

  2. To investigate how the temperature affects the resistance of a thermistor.

    This is because as the energy from the heat increases, more electrons jump the gap between the valence band and the conduction band so they increase the current. If you look at the equation I mentioned in my background information (Resistance (?)

  1. Investigating the effect of 'length' on the resistance of a wire

    * Again, to improve the accuracy I would repeat the readings three times. * To see if the graph would still produce a straight line, I would use a longer length of wire (i.e. a wider range) such as 0-200cm.

  2. Characteristics of Ohmic and Non Ohmic Conductors.

    to atom, as a result the electrons move along the lattice and thus carry current. So we can deduce that from this that in semiconductors the resistance decreases as the temperature increases. This we already know from this applies to all the semiconductors. Extrinsic semiconductors are made from intrinsic semiconductors.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work