Fundamental Physics/Electronics/Resistors
Resistor[edit  edit source]
A resistor ( ) is an electronic component that resists, restricts, or opposes the flow of electrical current.
Symbol of resistor
Construction of resistor
where is the length of the conductor, measured in metres [m], A is the crosssection 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 ohmmetres (Ω·m).
In This formula are constant,therefore already is constant.
Resistance[edit  edit source]
Resistance is the resistor's characteristic to resist the current flow and reduces the voltage. Resistance has symbol R measured in ohm Ω can be calculated from Ohm's law
Ohm's law
Therefore,
Electricity response[edit  edit source]
passive electrical component Picture Electric response Resitor DC response
AC response
Resistor Configuration[edit  edit source]
Resistors in Series[edit  edit source]
For n resitors connected adjacent to each other as shown
The total resistance
For 2 series resistor of same value
Resistors in parallel[edit  edit source]
For n resitors connected facing each other as shown
The total resistance
For 2 parallel resistor of same value
Resistors in 2 port network[edit  edit source]
2 resistor to form 2 port network as shown
3 resistor connected in T configuration
3 resistor connected in Π configuration
Resistor color code[edit  edit source]
Color  Significant figures 
Multiplier  Tolerance  Temp. Coefficient (ppm/K)  

Black  0  ×10^{0}  –  250  U  
Brown  1  ×10^{1}  ±1%  F  100  S  
Red  2  ×10^{2}  ±2%  G  50  R  
Orange  3  ×10^{3}  –  15  P  
Yellow  4  ×10^{4}  (±5%)  –  25  Q  
Green  5  ×10^{5}  ±0.5%  D  20  Z  
Blue  6  ×10^{6}  ±0.25%  C  10  Z  
Violet  7  ×10^{7}  ±0.1%  B  5  M  
Gray  8  ×10^{8}  ±0.05% (±10%)  A  1  K  
White  9  ×10^{9}  –  –  
Gold  –  ×10^{1}  ±5%  J  –  
Silver  –  ×10^{2}  ±10%  K  –  
None  –  –  ±20%  M  –  

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.
Further Reading[edit  edit source]
 The role of resistors in electrical circuits
 Resistors in Series
 Resistors in Parallel
 Resistor's circuit