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variable resistor vs. voltage divider

Discussion in 'Electronic Components' started by Daniel O'Shea, Apr 2, 2007.

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  1. I have noticed that the only difference between a potentiometer wired as
    a variable resistor, and a potentiometer wired as a voltage divider, is
    that one terminal is either left unconnected or is connected to ground.
    But what is the actual difference in the wiper (output) signal between a
    variable resistor and a voltage divider? is it just that a variable
    resistor will never reach 0V, or is there more to it? thanks!
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