# Resistor color code for kids

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by GotCoffee, Mar 20, 2005.

1. ### GotCoffeeGuest

I remember the color code with bad boys rape ....
I want to give my 10 year old boy a different saying. What is a more
tame way of remembering the color code?

Thanks,

2. ### J-vibeGuest

Here's one that might work:

Barney Bear Rides On Your Green Bike Very Good Wow
As he gets older,
Bad Beer Rots Our Young Guts But Vodka Goes Well

3. ### Timothy PurvesGuest

I first learned it as;

Better be right or your great big venture goes west.

5. ### GenomeGuest

Black
Brown
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Violet
Grey
White

And practice.

Rather like sex... but that gives you an itchy knob.
Relationships... don't go there.

DNA

Nighty Night.

6. ### Michael BlackGuest

Why in the world do you think a mnemonic is necessary?

They require someone to remember the slogan, and then they have
to figure out the lookup.

"Oh, there's a red band, let me see what was the slogan, okay "r"
is the second letter, that must be a 2".

It gets worse as you deal with the higher numbers, since one has
to go through the sequence further.

You are just thinking in terms of a beginner, but in trying to
get a mnemonic you are preventing the kid from getting any better
than a beginner when it comes to color code. The mnemonic is
of the numbers.

Give the kid some resistors, and a color code chart, and let him
sort the resistors. The practice of figuring out which is which
will help him to remember the code.

Then, when he sees a red band, he will immediately know it's a "2",
rather than having to do some mental lookup.

When I was a kid, I didn't even know about the famous mnemonics,
so I didn't waste time with them. I needed to know what the resistor
values were, so I naturally looked them up. And the practice meant
that I learned the code.

Michael

7. ### BobGuest

I, for one, still rely on the "bad boys" phrase for the resistor color code.
Now that I'm older and don't use it often, it makes it easy to remember.

Also, I don't think that I would be able to remember the alphabet, either,
if I hadn't learned it by the phrase:

"All bad children do eat fowl grapes happily in just knowing little magic
nectarines own plenty quality red strawberry teacakes under Violet's wooly
xylophone's yellow zipper."

Wow. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to remember that one. Now, if I could only
remember what happened to me in the '60's.

Bob

8. ### JeffMGuest

I remember the color code with bad boys rape ....
:Why in the world do you think a mnemonic is necessary?
:They require someone to remember the slogan,
:and then they have to figure out the lookup.
: Michael Black

I'm with Michael.

I say if he needs a crutch, get him a rainbow chart.

This one looks nice.
http://engr.astate.edu/circuits/resistor-code1.jpg

Once he starts thinking of values in terms of the spectrum,
it becomes duck soup to just memorize the values.

9. ### Tom WoodrowGuest

bald boys repel over yosemites granite bluffs voiding great wisdom

10. ### Lord GarthGuest

The sport is rappelling, NOT repel....

11. ### R. Steve WalzGuest

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Only shit-asses try that, and they all find that their kid comes home
with our "bad boys rape..." anyway, because being lurid it's a shit
fucking hell of a lot more memorable, which is, of course, the reason
for the existence of a mnemonic in the first place. Trying stupid
shit-ass lameness like you propose is like trying to keep him from
discovering sex, which pursuit the only truly SICK pursuit!!

-Steve

13. ### GenomeGuest

**** me, apologies for swearing.

**** me R. Steve Walz.

Oh bollocks, perhaps I was thinking about Mark Zenier.

I'll go away now.

DNA

14. ### GenomeGuest

I, obviously, responded to the wrong post.

**** me, R. Steve Walz.

Thank you

Most enjoyable.

DNA

15. ### Tom WoodrowGuest

OK, I'll avoid that sport also.

bald boys rappell over yosemites granite bluffs voiding great wisdom

Tom

16. ### Lord GarthGuest

I used rappelling gear to service antennas some years ago. Actually, it's
quite fun!
My highest rappel was from the roof of a 27 stories building.

17. ### Tom WoodrowGuest

Used to install TV antenna systems (60's) on two and three story houses
with steep pitch roofs. We were too stupid (in my teens) to wear safety
gear. Not that we even had any. Paid \$1.20 an hour which was big bucks
then (living at home and all). I had more mad money then than I do now.

Tom

18. ### Rich GriseGuest

Black, Brown, Roy G. B'v, Grey, White.

Cheers!
Rich