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[* black] These, my friendfriends, are resistors. Resistors are used in circuitry to control the amount of current flowing through a given circuit. Much like water flowing through a pipe, the narrower the resistor is, the less current that flows through it.
[* black] These, my friendfriends, are resistors. Resistors are used in circuitry to control the amount of current flowing through a given circuit. Much like water flowing through a pipe, the narrower the resistor is, the less current that flows through it.
[* black] The difference between the two resistors shown is their amounts of resistance. But how can you tell? See those little colored rings, that's how you know.
[* black] The first ring to locate when reading a resistor is the red, gold, silver or blank one on one of the swollen ends. These are called tolerance bands. No resistor is exactly the value it indicates, so [http://www.bcdxc.org/resistor_color_codes.htm|tolerance bands] tell you within what percent the reading is. In our case, the tolerance band is gold, indicationindicating a 5% tolerance.
[* black] Next, you can read the resistance. All readings are in Ohms. Starting with the band on the opposite end of the tolerance band, you read inwards with each band color indicating a specific number until you only have one band left before the tolerance band. In both resistors, the first two bands are yellow then violet, indicating [http://www.bcdxc.org/resistor_color_codes.htm|2 then 7] for the number 27. The last band before the tolerance is the multiplier. For the first one (left) the third band is red indicating x100. For the second (right) it is brown indicating x10.
[* black] From all of this, we read these as 270 and 2700 Ohm resistors +/- 5 percent.
[* black] The first ring to locate when reading a resistor is the red, gold, silver or blank one on one of the swollen ends. These are called tolerance bands. No resistor is exactly the value it indicates, so [http://www.bcdxc.org/resistor_color_codes.htm|tolerance bands] tell you within what percent the reading is. In our case, the tolerance band is gold, indicationindicating a 5% tolerance.
[* black] Next, you can read the resistance. All readings are in Ohms. Starting with the band on the opposite end of the tolerance band, you read inwards with each band color indicating a specific number until you only have one band left before the tolerance band. In both resistors, the first two bands are yellow then violet, indicating [http://www.bcdxc.org/resistor_color_codes.htm|2 then 7] for the number 27. The last band before the tolerance is the multiplier. For the first one (left) the third band is red indicating x100. For the second (right) it is brown indicating x10.
[* black] From all of this, we read these as 270 and 2700 Ohm resistors +/- 5 percent.