Voltage, current and resistance
You should be able to recognise the graph of current against voltage for a filament lamp.
The filament lamp is a common type of light bulb. It contains a thin coil of wire called the filament. This heats up when an electric current passes through it and produces light as a result.
Remember that the current flowing through a resistor at a constant temperature is directly proportional to the voltage across the resistor. The graph shows what happens to the current and voltage when a resistor follows Ohm's Law.
The filament lamp does not follow Ohm's Law. The resistance of a filament lamp increases as the temperature of its filament increases. As a result, the current flowing through a filament lamp is not directly proportional to the voltage across it. This is the graph of current against voltage for a filament lamp.
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