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I know how to add resistors in parallel and resistors in series, but i don't understand how to differentiate between resistors in the format shown:

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I haven't been able to figure it out on my own and my lecturer hasn't helped either so i hope someone here is able to. Thanks.

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    \$\begingroup\$ How to differentiate between resistors? That's easy - they have labels R1 through R5. \$\endgroup\$ – user253751 Apr 27 '16 at 0:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Have you learned Delta-Wye conversions? \$\endgroup\$ – Ben Voigt Apr 27 '16 at 1:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Nope, no Delta-Wye conversions \$\endgroup\$ – user3483432 Apr 27 '16 at 1:38
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It often helps to re-draw the circuit in a way that makes more sense to you - it may take several tries to see the "real" circuit arrangement.

When I re-draw your circuit, the first thing I do is arrange it so that electricity flows from left to right, as God intended. :)

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simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

Here we can see that R5 is simply between Vin and Ground, so has no effect on the rest of the circuit. R4 and R3 form a voltage divider, which feeds another voltage divider consisting of R2 and R1. If you had some values for the resistors and for Vin, it would be simple to calculate Vout.

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