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A resistor ( ) is an electronic component that resists, restricts, or opposes the flow of electricalcurrent.

The volume of water flow following a constriction in a water pipe is reduced

It can be visualized as constriction or narrowing in a pipe, where the constricted area is the resistance (resistor), and the flow of water is current. The volume of water flow following a constriction in a water pipe is reduced.The resistive property of this type of component can be attributed to a material which has much lower electrical conductivity than regular conductive materials such as metals.

A piece of resistive material with electrical contacts on both ends.

The electrical resistance of a given object depends primarily on two factors:

  • What material is it made?
  • what is shape?

therefore, can be computed as:

where is the length of the conductor, measured in metres [m], A is the cross-section area of the conductor measured in square metres [m²] and ρ (rho) is the electrical resistivity (also called specific electrical resistance) of the material, measured in ohm-metres (Ω·m).

In This formula are constant,therefore already is constant.

The inverse resistance R is conductance G

The inverse resistance is conductance , the ease at which an electric current passes.therefore, can be computed as:

([[Sigma (sigma) is the electrical conductivity measured in siemens per meter(S·m−1)

In This formula are constant,therefore already is constant.

V, I, and R, the parameters of Ohm's law.

Electrical current ( ) results when a voltage ( ) (or electromagnetic force) causes movement of electrons.

Ohm's law states that the current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the potential difference across the two points.

then: → ↑ and ↓ → ↓

In the electric circuit, if temperature and all other conditions remain constant, R and G are constant therefore relationship between I and V is linearity then:

Ohm's law is linearity




Ohm's law can be used to calculate the resistance present in a DC circuit if voltage and current are known.

Resistance[edit | edit source]

Every resistor has a resistance calculated as:


R is resistance (ohms, Ω),
V is voltage (volts, V),
I is current (amperes, A).

Conductance[edit | edit source]

Conductance (G) is defined as the inverse of resistance, calculated as:


G is conductance (siemens, S).

Voltage[edit | edit source]

Voltage is calculated as:

Current[edit | edit source]

Current is calculated as:

Power[edit | edit source]

Power is calculated as:

Resistor color code[edit | edit source]

Color Significant
Multiplier Tolerance Temp. Coefficient (ppm/K)
Black 0 ×100 250 U
Brown 1 ×101 ±1% F 100 S
Red 2 ×102 ±2% G 50 R
Orange 3 ×103 15 P
Yellow 4 ×104 (±5%) 25 Q
Green 5 ×105 ±0.5% D 20 Z
Blue 6 ×106 ±0.25% C 10 Z
Violet 7 ×107 ±0.1% B 5 M
Gray 8 ×108 ±0.05% (±10%) A 1 K
White 9 ×109
Gold ×10-1 ±5% J
Silver ×10-2 ±10% K
None ±20% M
  1. Any temperature coefficent not assigned its own letter shall be marked "Z", and the coefficient found in other documentation.
  2. For more information, see EN 60062.
  3. Yellow and Gray are used in high-voltage resistors to avoid metal particles in the lacquer.

Resistors found in electronic kits and hobby projects have up to four bars indicating the color code. The first two bars represent the first and second significant digit, the third represents the exponent or decimal multiplier, and the fourth represents the tolerance. The chart to the right shows information about the color coding on resistors.

See Also[edit | edit source]

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