# Questions tagged [resistors]

A resistor obeys Ohm's law (V=IR); the current through it is equal to the voltage across it divided by the resistance (equivalently $I=\frac{V}{R}$)

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### Why exactly can't a single resistor be used for many parallel LEDs?

Why can't you use a single resistor for a number of LEDs in parallel instead of one each?
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### Why does a resistor need to be on the anode of an LED?

Please be kind, I am an electronics nub. This is in reference to getting an LED to emit photons. From what I read (Getting Started in Electronics - Forrest Mims III and Make: Electronics) electrons ...
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### How do I calculate the required value for a pull-up resistor?

There are many tutorials that use a pull-up or pull-down resistor in conjunction with a switch to avoid a floating ground, e.g. http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/button Many of these projects use ...
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### What's the best way to store and categorise resistors/capacitors/ICs/etc?

I did a big cleanup of my collection of parts today and I now have a big pile of parts on my desk (the majority of which is resistors). My previous method of finding the resistor value I wanted was to ...
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### Is there a correct resistance value for I2C pull-up resistors?

The datasheet of the 24LC256 EEPROM states that: The SDA bus requires a pull-up resistor to VCC (typical 10 kΩ for 100 kHz, 2 kΩ for 400 kHz and 1 MHz). I thought that any resistor with a kΩ value ...
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### How do I prove to my physics teacher that adding a battery in parallel doesn't double the current?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab My physics teacher said that the current through the resistor is 4A because each battery has a current of 2A if hooked up to the ...
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### My understanding of RC circuits is broken

I asked a relatively simple question. Unfortunately, the answers provoke far more questions! :-( It seems that I don't actually understand RC circuits at all. In particular, why there's an R in there....
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### How to choose value of resistor in voltage divider?

I understand that the output voltage is determined by the ratio between the two resistor values, and that if the both resistors are same then output voltage will be exactly same for all; but what's ...
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### Do I really need resistors when controlling LEDs with Arduino?

I'm just trying out Arduino Uno for the first time with 2 blinking LEDs on a breadboard. All the tutorials on the Internet seem to use a resistor. I do know the function of resistors, but does it ...
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### What is the usage of Zero Ohm & MiliOhm Resistor?

I am new to PCB design and I noticed that some schematics use 0Ω or 100mΩ resistors. What is their purpose and why do we need to use them in our PCB design? Normally if we wish to probe how much ...
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### When to use pull-down vs. pull-up resistors

After learning and experimenting with microcontrollers, I've understood the concept of pull-up- and pull-down resistors. I now understand when and how to use them, and how they work. I've mainly used ...
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### Calculating the pulldown resistance for a given MOSFET's gate

I searched and read many similar questions, but did not find a specific answer for how to calculate the correct value for a pulldown resistor for a MOSFET's floating gate. It seems like everyone ...
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### Why do you need 2 resistors when hooking up a transistor as a switch

What is the point of R2 in the following diagram: I get that R1 controls the current to the Base, but what does R2 do?
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### Is a current-limiting resistor required for LEDs if the forward voltage and supply voltage are equal?

For blue LEDs with a forward voltage of 3.3 V and supply voltage of 3.3 V, is a series resistor still needed to limit current? Ohm's Law in this case says 0 Ω, but is this correct in practice? ...
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### Easy way to figure out a LED's Vf in order to pick an appropriate resistor

I was wondering what the easiest way to figure out a LED's forward voltage is, using measurement tools. I know we can assume red LEDs to be around 1.8V - 2.2V, and that we have similar information ...
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### What is a pull up and pull down?

Can some one explain this terminology please I think I understand it but not completely sure. I think pull down is where you place a resistor between +V and the other component and pull up is where ...
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### Question about MOSFET gate resistor

I have N-MOSFET gate connected to a 4043 logic. Id is about 100mA. Both the 4043 and MOSFET have +5V. I plan to use a 2N7000. How large a gate resistor do I need between the 4043 and MOSFET. The ...
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### Why put a resistor in series with signal line?

A lot of times in circuits I see a resistor placed in series in a signal line and sometimes even in series with an MCU's VDD line. Is the intention of this to smooth out noise in the line? How is this ...
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### Why do resistors still use color coding?

I always wondered why color coding is still used on resistors in 2014. Here is Wikipedia's word on the original reason why : Colorbands were commonly used (especially on resistors) because they ...
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### Purpose of the diode and capacitor in this motor circuit

I'm hooking up a small DC motor to an arduino using an NPN transistor using the following diagrams I found online: The circuit works, and I'm successfully able to make the motor run. Now, I'm ...
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### Weird resistor with dots around it on the schematic

I was looking through the LTC4041 datasheet and saw this: The 10mOhm resistor with the two nodes really close to it - is that a "special" resistor or something? Why have they drawn it like that?
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### Are two (or N) resistors in series more precise than one big resistor?

Let's say I have one 2 kΩ resistor with 5% tolerance. If I replace it with two 1 kΩ resistors with 5% tolerance, will resulting tolerance go up, down, or remain unchanged? I'm bad with ...
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### How can a one million megohm resistor be useful?

I used to do periodic maintenance on a detector system for low-power-level particles. Its circuitry included a one million megohm resistor. It was in a sealed solid brick made maybe of Bakelite, about ...
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### Organizing electronic parts? [closed]

I've got one of these cabinets, which I intend to use for storing electronic components: It has 24 drawers (each 175 x 69 x 37mm). Every drawer can be subdivided into up to six compartments by ...
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### What makes a pull-up/down resistor strong or weak?

A "strong" pull (up/down) resistor would be one of a relatively low value, while a "weak" one would be of a relatively high value. For example, a pull-down resistor would be used to keep an I/O pin ...
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### Why don't we use low voltage Power Sources for high wattage applications?

Super nooby question involving Ohm's law, but this has been on mind this morning. Say I have a 60W device, and I want to power it. Usually this calls for a 120V source or something. However, why not ...
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### Doesn't using resistors serial to LEDs all the time waste a lot of energy?

I was wondering for a long time why in schemes which use LEDs for lighting it's very common to put a resistor to go with the LED, and finally it seems like the answer in this question explains why. (...
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### Heuristic explanation of the usage of a pull-up (or pull-down) resistor needed

First, I acknowledge that there are several questions regarding this topic in the forum, however, the answers assume too much background knowledge of electronics to be of use to a true beginner (like ...
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### 6 Band Resistors, which way should the bands be read

I've just bought a bag of random resistors from Maplin, and can't work out which way round the six band ones should be read. For instance I have one which is either: Violet Orange Red Brown Brown ...