# Do resistors have a positive and negative side?

Current in the drawing above is shown entering the + side of the resistor. Resistors don't care which leg is connected to positive or negative. The + means where the positive or red probe of the volt meter is to be placed in order to get a positive reading. This is called the "positive charge" flow sign convention.
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### Which direction does a resistor go?

If I understand your question, then yes - resistors are reversible, in the sense that they can be connected to the circuit in either direction. Resistors are not like diodes or capacitors. They do not have a polarity. The conduct (or resist) current equally in both directions of current flow.
• #### Do you put a resistor on positive or negative?

It depends if current is moving from negative to positive or positive to negative. (Sorry, it was another thread) In reality, no, it doesn't matter which side the resistor is on. The two components together make up a Series Circuit, and current is the same at all points, but voltage changes.
• #### Are capacitors polarized?

An electrolytic capacitor (e-cap) is a polarized capacitor whose anode or positive plate is made of a metal that forms an insulating oxide layer through anodization. This oxide layer acts as the dielectric of the capacitor. The failure of electrolytic capacitors can be hazardous, resulting in an explosion or fire.
• #### How do you tell the polarity of a capacitor?

To determine polarity in CAPACITORS: Electrolytic capacitors are often marked with a stripe. That stripe indicates the NEGATIVE lead. If it's an axial leaded capacitor (leads come out of opposite ends of the capacitor), the stripe may be accompanied by an arrow that points to the negative lead.
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### How do you read the value of a resistor?

Steps
1. Position the resistor with the gold or silver color band to the right..
2. Read the color sequence that must be decoded to determine resistance.
3. Determine the coded number for the resistive value.
4. Determine the tolerance of the resistor.
5. Determine the decoded number for the resistive value.
• #### How do you determine the value of a resistor?

Steps
1. Position the resistor with the gold or silver color band to the right..
2. Read the color sequence that must be decoded to determine resistance.
3. Determine the coded number for the resistive value.
4. Determine the tolerance of the resistor.
5. Determine the decoded number for the resistive value.
• #### How do you check a resistor with a multimeter?

Steps
1. Remove power from the circuit containing the resistor.
2. Isolate the resistor from the circuit.
3. Inspect the resistor.
4. Read the resistor value visually.
5. Prepare a digital multimeter (DMM) to measure the resistor.
6. Measure the resistance.
7. Determine the actual resistance of the resistor.
• #### What is the color code for a 100k ohm resistor?

100k / 100k ohm Resistor Colour Code
Value100 kΩ
Type4 Band Colour Code System
Colour CodeBrown, Black, Yellow, Gold
MultiplierYellow, 10000
ToleranceGold Band ±5%
C.

### How do you check a resistor with a multimeter?

Steps
1. Remove power from the circuit containing the resistor.
2. Isolate the resistor from the circuit.
3. Inspect the resistor.
4. Read the resistor value visually.
5. Prepare a digital multimeter (DMM) to measure the resistor.
6. Measure the resistance.
7. Determine the actual resistance of the resistor.
• #### What is 10 ohms?

The ohm is also the equivalent of a volt per ampere (V/A). A kilohm is equal to one thousand (10 3 ) ohms. A megohm is equal to one million (10 6 ) ohms. Fractional prefix multiplier s are seldom used for resistance or reactances; rarely will you hear or read about a milliohm or a microhm.
• #### What is the symbol of continuity in a multimeter?

Set the multimeter to 'Continuity' mode. It may vary among DMMs, but look for a diode symbol with propagation waves around it (like sound coming from a speaker). Now touch the probes together. The multimeter should emit a tone (Note: Not all multimeters have a continuity setting, but most should).
• #### How do you check continuity on a wire?

To check continuity on a run of wiring, disconnect both ends of the wire. Set your multimeter to check continuity with a tone. Put one meter lead on one end of the wire and the other meter lead on the opposite end of the wire. The meter signals a tone and shows near zero ohms of resistance if the wire has continuity.

Updated: 3rd October 2019