Electronic Components

Devices that Allow a Circuit to Function Properly

Resistors are two-terminal devices that restrict, or resist, the flow of current. The larger the resistor, the less current can flow through it for a given voltage as demonstrated by Ohm's law. Electrons flowing through a resistor collide with material in the resistor body, and it is these collisions that cause electrical resistance.

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Voltage Dividers

Design Challenge 1: Series Resistors

In this design challenge, we will build a circuit with a 5V source, 6.8 kΩ, and an arbitrary resistor. We will use the concept of voltage division to determine the resistance value of the arbitrary resistor when given a specific voltage drop across it.

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Voltage Dividers

Design Challenge 2: Controlling Current

Voltage dividers and resistors in series can also be used to control the amount of current that is drawn from a power source.

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Optical Theremin

Implementing a simplified optical Theremin using a 555 timer and a photo-resistor.

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