Connecting resistors in series does a few things.
- Increases resistance
- Divides voltage
- Spreads out heat dissipation
I assume you already know
Series resistors always provide more resistance than any of their individual values.
Series resistors simply add up their resistance. Two series 1KΩ resistors look like a 2KΩ to a multimeter or to other circuitry.
Three 1KΩ resistors connected in series have the equivalent of 3KΩ of resistance.
Series components always split up/divide/drop voltage from the power supply unless they have 0Ω of resistance.
The series resistors divide up whatever voltage is given to them based on their percentage of the series circuit resistance.
Equal value resistors are easy to calculate. Two equal value series capacitors will have half the supply voltage across each of them.
Power sharing – Heat generation/dissipation
The diagram above shows how two series 100Ω resistors with 5 volts across them (2.5V each) will pass the same current as a 200Ω resistor with 5V across it. The wattage of each component is the voltage across it times the current through it. Since a 200Ω resistor with 5V across it will pass 0.025A, and 0.025A x 5V = 0.125W, it will be twice as hot as either of the two series 100Ω resistors.
Good topics to continue with
- Light Emitting Diodes – Indicator LEDs
- Capacitor component
- Light Dependent Resistor LDR component – Photoresistor
- Capacitor RC time constant
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