Make: The Resistor

Embedded above is a short segment produced by Make about one of our most fundamental circuit components: the resistor. Although brief at just five minutes, it covers resistor basics and the historical development of Ohm’s law.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Pretty basic, and really slow…

    Whole video should have been 2 minutes, for the content in it.

  2. Andrew says:

    Good video, but you’re right, it’s too quick, i’d like something a bit more juicy.

  3. marz says:

    @anonymous: I thought the same..

  4. stonefisk says:

    An excellent Audio Visual supplement to the subject of resistors for anyone young or old, whom maybe be studying Basic Electronics.

  5. Reggie says:

    I guess it depends on your skill level, I found a useful little video, I enjoyed the paper resistor at the end, very informative.

  6. Stephen says:

    This is cool none the less.I am always looking for simple ways to get the kids involved in building/hacking/discovering. I am going to do this with them and teach them about resistors.

  7. ourmanflint says:

    yeah great well done, wish i’d seen something like this at school, i might have paid more attention and be able to remember the colour codes

  8. knox says:

    This was super boring

  9. Julien says:

    This is the most worst thing i’ve never seen. This is to explain how the resistors work with a perl of humour, but think this humour is too much in this kind of subject…

    GDI Consultant

  10. MachineHead says:

    At 5 minutes and free, I wasn’t expecting much, but at least mention voltage dividers, and maybe reference how resistors can change charge/discharge rates of caps. By explaining a voltage divider, at least newbies can get an idea how a volume knob works.

  11. Robert says:

    I like it! But I have a MINOR problem… or two..
    1)Cant find my alligator clips! But I DO have a mutimeter!
    2)My Multimeter just says 1., the whole time, unless I touch the positive and negative ends togeter.

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