Knight, R. B. D. Division of Electrical Science, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom.
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- Classification by use
- Power resistors
- Instrument resistors
- Standard resistors
- Resistors for electronic circuits
- Preferred values
- Resistor marking
- Classification by construction
- Composition resistor
- Film-type resistor
- Wire-wound resistor
- Integrated circuit resistor
- Adjustable resistors
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- Additional Reading
One of the three basic passive components of an electric circuit that displays a voltage drop across its terminals and produces heat when an electric current passes through it. Resistors are common components in electronics and generally have a capsule- or cylinder-like appearance (Fig. 1).
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