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Power and resistance rules you need to know (Further edits ongoing)

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  1. Anon_LG


    Jun 24, 2014
    Lavaguava submitted a new resource:

    Electronic equations and rules - Basic equations vital to electronics

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  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

    Jan 21, 2010
    Hi, I've approved this at the moment to make it easier to discuss.

    Here are some comments:

    I'd probably just stick to resistance. It's enough for its own resource. You can always do another one on capacitance, etc.

    Be very careful. I wouldn't mention milliamps. It is something that can throw people. This is for beginners. Tell them amps, volts, and ohms.

    I see what you're doing here, but it's better to say "potential difference (measured in volts)", otherwise people could think that potential difference and volts are the same thing (one is the phenomina, the other the unit of measurement). Same goes for current and resistance.

    I wouldn't put the analogy here. You've kinda assumed they know what this stuff is. If you want to explain it more basically, start another resource for that. Then you can put a link from this one to that one. It will help keep your resource simpler. Also note that other people have different analogies, and we don't want a fight about analogies :)

    This needs rewording (and again, put it in another resource). Potential difference is something that exists between two points. High and low in this context refer to the amount of difference (the absolute magnitude of the voltage) not the sign of the charges.

    Normally we'd put is as

    P = V * I​

    P for Power measured in Watts

    And this is a perfect time to introduce V = I * R so you get P = I * R * I = I²R.

    The other options can be left for later. I²R is a really important one though.

    "The potential difference", or "the voltage between", but not just "The difference".

    J = Ws (note lower case s for seconds)​

    But here you've changed from specifying the thing to the units the thing is measured in.

    P = E/t or E = P * t

    E: Energy in joules (J)
    P: Power in watts (W)
    t: Time in seconds (s)​

    Upper-case S is siemens or 1/Ω, a measurement of conductance.

    I understand what you mean, but I can point you to precision resistors that you can order as 258 ohms, should you desire one. Also, 258 is in fact an E192 value.

    Here is a list of 258 ohm resistors available from one supplier :) (and here's a list of 5 ohm resistors)

    The best reason is to say that you need a value that you don't have on hand, or which is difficult to obtain. If you want to get into preferred values, perhaps that's another resource too because it applies to many, many things.

    the typical form of this equation is

    1/Rtot = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3 + ... + 1/Rn

    There are good reasons for showing it that way.

    Also note that if you use conductance (conductance is 1/resistance -- G = 1/R: G in S, R in Ω) then resistors in parallel can be simply calculated using

    Gtot = G1 + G2 + G3 + ... + Gn

    That might be a more advanced topic, but it does draw in the "S" that I previously talked about.

    It's also useful to give a few heuristics:

    1. The total resistance in series is always larger that the largest individual resistance (trivial, but leads to...)
    2. The resistance in parallel is always less than the smallest individual resistance.
    3. Identical resistances in series can be multiplied (five 10Ω resistors in series have a resistance of 5 * 10Ω) -- again trivial, but leads to the more useful...
    4. Identical resistors in parallel can be "divided" -- five 10Ω resistors in parallel = (10/5)Ω

    You need to remember resistor tolerance (and a plethora of other things that may be best left to a more advanced tutorial on resistors themselves).

    Take it from me, don't bite off too much. I've learned this with simple tutorials on LEDs, and now heatsinks. :D
    Arouse1973 likes this.
  3. Arouse1973

    Arouse1973 Adam

    Dec 18, 2013
    Looking good Lavaguava.

    Thanks Steve I have nothing to post now, only this :) Excellent comments BTW.
  4. Anon_LG


    Jun 24, 2014
    Thanks for the edits and all the advice, I will continue updating shortly.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 14, 2014
  5. KrisBlueNZ

    KrisBlueNZ Sadly passed away in 2015

    Nov 28, 2011
    I always refer to the circuit common rail as the 0V ("zero volt") rail, not "earth" or "ground"; these have other specific meanings. Using the name "0V rail" also makes it clear that it is the default reference rail for voltages measured "at" specific points in a circuit (rather than between two specific named points).

    I think it is important to explain that voltages are always measured BETWEEN two points (the 0V rail being the implied second point, if none is mentioned), and current is measured THROUGH a path.
  6. Anon_LG


    Jun 24, 2014
    OK, I will do that now.
  7. Arouse1973

    Arouse1973 Adam

    Dec 18, 2013
    Yes I second that Kris.
  8. Externet


    Aug 24, 2009
  9. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

    Jan 21, 2010
    On a phone its hard to see the details, but it appears you show that E = W.

    That's fine, but it is also superfluous. :)
  10. Anon_LG


    Jun 24, 2014
    This diagram however contains rules not discussed in this resource, such as inductance and capacitance. The diagrams are good but I would not add them, as Steve said, superfluous. Maybe suitable fro a future resource that explains these rules and equations in depth for a more advanced electronicist, this resource is for beginners.
  11. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

    Jan 21, 2010
    They also don't lead directly to the more useful forms of I²R and V²/R. To add them as "triangles" is counterproductive.

    The important thing about these so-called triangles is that they are mnemonic. The V = IR triangle allows you to remember ohms law equations and their various manipulations without having to consider actual math. Indeed, I have that one firmly in my head -- it was the form of one of the first equations I learned.

    However to extend this to a plethora of other similar forms tends to destroy any mnemonic benefit if you see them all at once -- and especially if it's your introduction.
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