Wonderful Engineering

What Is A Resistor?


A resistor is defined as a passive electrical component that has two terminals and hinders the current flow through it. It was discovered back in 1900s. A resistor is an electrical component whose task is to restrict the current flow and drop the voltage within the particular circuit. They are usually color coded instead of a numerical value for their power rating.

How Does A Resistor Work?

A resistor is capable of lowering the amount of current that passes through it and this ability is measured in ohms. According to Ohm’s law, the resistance can be defined as voltage per unit of current. The resistor gets heated up in the process of hindering the electrical flow and this ability has led to its use in heaters as well as light bulbs.

Types Of Resistor

1. Fixed resistor

2. Variable resistors


Applications Of Resistor

Precautionary Measures