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Ohm’s Law-Satatement, Formula, Solved Examples

What is Ohm’s Law

Ohm’s law states the relationship between the potential difference and current in the circuit. The current in the circuit depends on the voltage and its circuit resistance. The relationship between current, voltage, and resistance can be established using  Ohm’s law. Georg Simon Ohm experimented to find the relationship between the electric current and voltage.  Ohm concludes after his experiment that the current flowing in the circuit is proportional to the potential difference across the conductor. This relationship between current and voltage is known as Ohm’s law. We will also discuss this law where it is not applicable to which types of devices.

Ohms’s Law Statement & Definition

Ohm’s law states that the current flowing in the circuit is;

Proportional to the voltage applied across the circuit, if the temperature is constant.

Why the temperature is kept constant in Ohm’s law

The resistance increase with an increase in the temperature depending on the temperature coefficient of the resistance. The current flowing in the circuit is I = V/R. If the resistance does not remain constant, the current will change and Ohm’s law is not valid in this case.  Therefore, during the experiment for establishing the relationship between voltage and current, the temperature must be constant.

Ohms’s Law Explanation

When we increase the voltage across the conductor, the current also increases in the same proportion of the potential difference across the conductor. The conductor has definite resistance. The resistance is denoted by the symbol ‘R’. Unit of resistance is Ohm. Its symbol is Ω.

The current linearly increases with the increase in the potential drop across the resistance.  The experiment setup of Ohm’s law is as given below. The variable voltage source is connected across the resistance.

Relationship Between Voltage, Current and Resistance

The results of the experiment are tabulated in the given table.

Ohm’s Law Worksheet

From the above results, it is clear that the current flowing in the resistance is directly proportional to the voltage across the resistance. If we draw the graph between I and V,  the graph is a straight line.

Ohm’s Law Graph

Ohm’s Law Equation

The equation of the straight line is;

Mathematically, we can write this relationship as;

Where 1/R  is the constant. R is the resistance of the circuit. We can write this equation in other forms as well.

Ohm’s Law Formula

We can write the equation V= IR  in the following forms.

The same formula can be used to calculate current and resistance respectively as follows;

Ohms’s Law Magic Triangle

We can make use of the below-given magic triangle to remember the different equations of this law to solve for different variables(V, I, R).

Ohm’s Law Applications

The main applications of this law are as follows.

  • To calculate the voltage, resistance, and current in the circuit.
  • It is used to design the circuit to maintain the voltage drop across the circuit component.
  • It is also for calculating the shunt resistance value for the DC ammeter to divert the desired current through the shunt. ( Shunt is a low-value resistance having negligible power loss)
  • In resistance type ceiling fan regulator, resistance is selected using this law.
  • We use this law for designing for current divider circuit.
  • In a voltage divider circuit, we use this law to get desired output voltage across the voltage dividing resistor.

Limitations of Ohm’s Law

Following are the limitations;

  • The current can flow in one direction in unilateral devices like diode and transistor.   This law is not applicable because these devices allow the current to flow through in one direction only. This law is not applicable to unilateral devices.
  • The non-linear devices do not draw the current in the same proportion of the applied voltage. The reason for nonlinearity in voltage and current is the changing resistance of the non-linear devices. The resistance of non-linear devices does not remain constant. Therefore, this law is not applicable to non-linear devices. Examples of non-linear devices are SCR, thyristor, IGBT, etc.

Ohm’s Law Solved Problems

Example 1: If the resistance of an electric kettle is 60 Ω and a current of 4 A flows through the resistance. Find the voltage between two points.


Here, I = 4 A, R =60 Ω

voltage ( V) = IR

Substituting the values in the equation, we get

V = 4 X 60

                  V = 240 Volts

Example 2: Determine the amount of current going through a 100Ω; resistor with a voltage of 100 V.


R = 100 Ω

V= 100 Volts

I = 100/100 = 1 Amps.

Example 3: Find the current I through a resistor of resistance R = 3 Ω if the voltage across the resistor is 6 V.


R = 3 Ω

V= 6 Volts

I = V/R

I  = 6/3 = 2 Amps.