## Introduction: HOW TO CALCULATE RESISTOR & CERAMIC CAPACITOR VALUE.

You all must have had a problem while make your projects and searching old pieces of circuits for a particular resistor or a capacitor.

Well , using a multimeter is a good option but it may not be available to most of us, and using it is a bit complicated and I will be posting it in my next instructable on it.

Presently, I will tell you the criterion for calculating the resistance and capacitance.(Only in ceramic capacitors as it is mentioned on electrolytic capacitors)

## Step 1: MOTIVATION

I was making a school project and I needed some resistors and capacitors, as the local electronics shop is about 20km from my house saw I started to look in the old circuit boards I have.

As I didn't have a multimeter so I tried to understand the logic behind the codes.

Which I will be telling you.

## Step 2: THE RESISTOR

First, of all I would Like to start off with a few basics.

For those of you who don't know what is a resistor, it is device that resists the flow of current.

The colour code is just, the resistance in the forms of coloured strips.

The colours include-

1. BLACK

2. BROWN

3. RED

4. ORANGE

5. YELLOW

6 GREEN

7 .BLUE

8. VIOLET

9. GREY

10.WHITE

Now, the first two strips of the resistor represent the digit and the third is the multipier band .

And the fourth band gives the tolerance.

The image is from --http://www.doctronics.co.uk/resistor.htm

## Step 3: CALCULATING RESISTANCE

First, of all I would like to give you a table so that you can calculate the resistance and tolerance.

RESISTANCE

Now, if the first strip is brown in colour then it indicates that the fist number is 1. 1

Again, if the second strip is black then the second digit is 0. 10

The third strip is orange,as orange is third in the table,there will be 3 zeroes. 10 X 1000

TOTAL RESISTANCE 10,000 Ohms

RESISTANCE

Example, like in the picture FIRST BAND= YELLOW 5

SECOND BAND= VIOLET 57

THIRD BAND= RED 57x100

TOTAL RESISTANCE 57,000 Ohm

Now comes the tolerance. well it is the variation inresistance.

If it is +5% then the resistance can be 5% more.

EXAMPLE- Like if it is golden in the picture the resistance can be _+5% of the resistance.

57000 X 5/100

= 2850 ohm

The resistance hence can be 57,000 +5%= 59,850 Ohm

57,000-5% = 54150 Ohm

The images are from --http://www.doctronics.co.uk/resistor.htm

## Step 4: THE FIVE BAND RESISTOR

Foe Example- A 100 Ohm reistor will be code as BROWN BLACK BROWN in four band resistor.

Whereas it will be coded as BROWN BLACK BLACK BLACK in five band coding.

The image is taken from - lgreen1661.blogspot.com

## Step 5: FAQ'S

Here are a few FAQ'S often asked about resistors-**Q1) What is a resistor?**

Ans)Resistors are small electronic devices that resist the flow of electrical current. A resistor obeys Ohm's Law, which states that the voltage (or potential) across a resistor is proportional to the current flow through the resistor. In formula form, V=IR, where V is the voltage across the resistor, R is the value of the resistor in ohms, and I is the current flow through the resistor in amperes (amps).**Q2)What are the types of resistor?**

Ans) There are basically five types of resistor-

a. Fixed value resistor

b. Variable resistor

c. Potentiometer (adjustable resistor)

d. Thermistor (temperature variable resistor)

e. Photo resistor**Q3)Which side of the resistor do I read from?**

Ans)The Gold or Silver band is always set to the right, then you read from left to right. Sometimes there will be no tolerance band -- Simply find the side that has a band closest to a lead and make that the first band.**Q4) Sometimes the colors are hard to make out. How do I make certain what the value of the resistor really is?**

Ans)Occasionally the colors are jumbled or burnt off. The only way to read it then is with a multi-meter across the leads**Q5) How do I remember this sequence of colors?**

Ans)Remember the color codes with this sentence:__ B__ig - BLACK

**own - BROWN**

__B__r__abbits - RED__

**R**__ten - ORANGE__

**Of**__ield - YELLOW__

**Y**__reat - GREEN__

**G**__ig - BLUE__

**B**__ocal - VIOLET__

**V**__roans - GREY__

**G**__hen - WHITE__

**W**__ingerly - GOLD__

**G**__lapped. - SILVER__

**S**## Step 6: CALCULATING CAPACITANCE

The first two digits of a ceramic ceramic capacitor tells us the capacitance in uF and the next digit tells us the negative power.

Like, if it says 103 then it means it is 10 uF X 10 ^{-3}.

Therefore, 0.01uF.

Like in the picture the code says 154. So, it means 15 uF X 10^{-4 }= 0.0015 uF .

I have also uploaded a conversion table so that you can convert the units from one to another.

The image for the ceramic capacitor is from- electro-tech-online.com

The conversion table is from - mechatrotutor.blogspot.com

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## 14 Comments

I just need to know where I can buy capacitors, resistors etc for my board in my 5000 watt pyle home stereo amp. seems like everywhere I look i get the same answer, we dont sell those. Do i have to buy them on line, this cant be the only option for portland oregon. I only need two or three parts that were blown from moisture, its a brand new unit.. If you know where I can get what i need in my area please contact me. terryleighton@hotmail thanks!

This is how I remember the resistor codes. The values go in rainbow order

Correction ! Yellow is 4, not 5!

Im confused, is this conversion 154 == 0.0015uF the same as the trick they learn here: http://www.wikihow.com/Read-a-Capacitor

=because they also teach the letter encoding

I know this is an old thread, but the color code information given here is incorrect. The order of the colors are correct, but black = 0, brown =1, and on down the list in order. White=9 and the resistor color code has no ten. Just setting the record straight.

just trying to understand ... I think there are a few discrepancies

under calculating resistance .. is the first band color supposed to be green instead of yellow?

is it a supposed to be red band to get 5700 or an orange band to get 57000?

funny story: i once spent an entire night looking through my resisters to find a few 10k ohm resistors, I started at 9 pm and it wasn't until 2 that i realized i was reading the code backwards!

Aha!Thats why I use my multimeter instead of decoding.

Well the picture that you have given in Step one. Is that a circuit board that you have made. If yes i would like to see its schematics.

Well I took it from google just to explain you.

You can find it on google images.