# Can a resistor be put in backwards?

## Can a resistor be put in backwards?

Resistors are blind to the polarity in a circuit. Thus, you don’t have to worry about installing them backwards. Current can pass equally through a resistor in either direction.

Which side of resistor is positive?

Resistors don’t have positive and negative sides — you can hook them up in either direction and they work just the same.

### When applicable the fifth color band on a resistor represents?

A resistor with five bands of color is a high-precision resistor. The first three bands of color give you the first three digits, the fourth band gives you the multiplier, and the fifth band represents the tolerance (typically +/–1%).

What is the difference between a 4 band resistor and a 5 band resistor?

The only difference is the tolerance but why can’t a brown band be put as the 4th band? Sorry if this isn’t the right place but thanks for your help! The final band of each resistor is the tolerance. In the first silver is 10%, gold is 5%.

## Does direction of resistor matter?

Resistors are blind to the polarity in a circuit. Thus, you don’t have to worry about installing them backwards. Current can pass equally through a resistor in either direction. In accordance with Ohm’s law, if the voltage in a circuit remains the same, the current will decrease if you increase the resistance.

How do you find the missing resistor in a series circuit?

If you know the circuit’s total current and voltage, you can use Ohm’s Law R = V/I to find the total resistance, then the formula for resistors in parallel to solve for the missing resistor value.

### How do you determine the color code of a 5 band resistor?

Let’s take an example of a 5-band resistor with the colors given in the above image (brown, green, red, black and gold). So according to the formula the resistance will be: 152 * 1 = 152 Ohms with 5% tolerance….Calculating resistance for a 5-band resistor.

5-Band Name Description
5th Band e Tolerance

Which is the fifth band of a resistor?

‘ e’ represents the 5 th significant digit, which is the fifth band color of resistor and this is the tolerance value of resistor. Let’s take an example of a 5-band resistor with the colors given in the above image (brown, green, red, black and gold).

## Where is the tolerance band on a resistor?

If you find a gold or silver color band on your resistor, it is definitely the tolerance band and the last band on the resistor. So, they belong to the right side of the resistor and again, read the resistor from left to right. Also, be sure to check your manufacturer’s documentation to be sure about the resistor color codes used.

Which is easier to measure 5% or 10% resistors?

Measure one and write the value on the tape. If they are 5% or 10% resistors it’s easier since silver and gold are not used in the first digit location. Five band resistors, at the one end, There is more gap at last band or Last band has less width. So you’ve to start counting from opposite end.

### How are resistor bands used in color coding?

In a color coding technique, the resistors value is marked on the resistors body by using colors. The colors painted on the resistors body are called color bands. All the color bands painted on the resistor body are used to indicate the resistance value and tolerance.