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A rotary potentiometer consists of a fine wire wound on a circular former, whose inner diameter is 2.5 cm. The resolution in degrees is 0.176. Calculate the maximum number of turns that can be wound on the former per cm.

Answer: 260

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Understanding the physical form of a wirewound potentiometer may help you comprehend the question. This photo is actually a winding on a ferrite core (not a potentiometer), but the form of winding is the same:
this is a ferrite core, not a potentiometer.
Image from http://www.jumaradio.com/juma-tx500/tx500-toroidal-coils.html


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Figure 1. A wirewound 50 W potentiometer. Image source: Google image search links to surf.hr but the link is dead.

Notice that the wire is insulated except where the wiper is to contact it. Also note the relevance of the inner diameter specification. The wire is spaced further apart on the outer diameter.

The answer given is correct. Can you work it out?

The question states, "The resolution in degrees is 0.176." Your first calculation is incorrect.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I tried but i could not get the answer \$\endgroup\$ Oct 18, 2020 at 15:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please edit your question to show what you tried. It's simply maths. There is no electrical knowledge required. \$\endgroup\$
    – Transistor
    Oct 18, 2020 at 15:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ See the update. \$\endgroup\$
    – Transistor
    Oct 19, 2020 at 17:51

You have calculated the number of turns per degree. You have been asked for the number of turns per centimeter.

You need to take into account the circumference of the circular former to work out the correct answer.


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