In this lab you will determine the resistance of different resistors by
reading the code printed onto some of the resistors,  
measuring the resistance using a Wheatstone bridge (simulation),  
calculating the resistance using given properties of the material the resistor is made of. 
Any device that offers resistance to current flow has an equivalent resistance. If a voltmeter is used to determine the voltage V across the device and at the same time an ammeter is used to measure the current I flowing through the device, then this resistance can be found by dividing V by I, i.e. R = V/I.
The resistance of the device can also be determined with an ohmmeter. A simple ohmmeter is a voltage source V in series with an ammeter. The component, whose resistance is to be measured, is disconnected from any circuit and the ohmmeter is connected across it. The equivalent resistance is R = V/I, where I is the current flowing through the ammeter. The resistance of the component is R minus the (usually very small) resistance of the ohmmeter itself.
The accuracy of an ohmmeter is limited by its internal resistance. When extremely
accurate measurements are needed, a Wheatstone bridge is
used. A diagram of a Wheatstone bridge is shown on the right. A Wheatstone bridge uses four
resistances. R_{2} is precisely known, it is the reference or standard resistance.
The ratio R_{3}/R_{4} can be adjusted, but its value is always known.
The
diagram shows a single coil that is divided by the tap B. The ratio of the resistances R_{3}
and R_{4} equals the ratio of the corresponding lengths of coil. This device is
called a potentiometer. R_{x} is the
resistance to be determined. A power supply with a switch is connected across points C and
D, and a digital voltmeter is connected across points A and B. The Wheatstone bridge uses a null measurement to determine the unknown resistance. When the voltmeter reads zero, the potential at A equals the potential at B. The bridge is balanced. When the bridge is balanced, the voltmeter reading does not change when the switch is opened and closed. Such null measurements are the basis for the most accurate instruments, because, when no current is flowing through the meter, the internal resistance of the meter does not affect the circuit. 
If points A and B are at the same potential, then we have
I_{1}R_{x }= I_{3}R_{3},
I_{2}R_{2 }= I_{4}R_{4}._{}
Since no current is flowing through the voltmeter we have
I_{1 }= I_{2},
I_{3 }= I_{4.}
Therefore we have
R_{x}/R_{2 }= R_{3}/R_{4}
R_{x }= R_{2}(R_{3}/R_{4})._{}
The unknown resistance is determined by reading the ratio R_{3}/R_{4} of the potentiometer when V = 0. The dial of a potentiometer displays a number n. For the potentiometer used in our experiment, n/10 is equal to the ratio R_{3}/(R_{3 }+ R_{4}). We can solve for R_{3}/R_{4}.
R_{3}/R_{4 }= n/(10  n).
Therefore, when V = 0, we have for the unknown resistance
R_{x }= R_{2}n/(10  n).
When a manual refers to a resistor, it usually refers to a device whose only purpose it is to offer resistance to current flow. The resistance of a resistor is often printed onto the resistor in code. A pattern of colored rings is used. Most resistors have three rings to encode the value of the resistance, and one ring to encode the tolerance (uncertainty) in percent. The colors of the rings are internationally defined to represent integers between 0 and 9. The integers represented by the different colors are shown in the table below.
Black 
Brown 
Red 
Orange 
Yellow 
Green 
Blue 
Violet 
Gray 
White 
0 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
The first band is the band closest to one end of the resistor. The
first band and second band together represent a twodigit integer number.
 
The number represented by the color of the third band is the number of
zeros that must
be appended to the number obtained from the first two bands to get the resistance in Ohms.
(If this number is 1, you add one zero, or multiply by 10^{1}, if the number is 2,
you add two zeros, or multiply by 10^{2}, etc.)
 
The next band, (i.e. the fourth band), is the tolerance band. The tolerance band is
typically either gold or silver. A gold tolerance band indicates that the actual value
will be within 5% of the nominal value. A silver band indicates 10%
tolerance.
 
If the resistor has one more band past the tolerance band it is a quality band. Read the number as the % failure rate per 1000 hours, assuming maximum rated power is being dissipated by the resistor. 1% resistors have three bands to read digits to the left of the multiplier. They have a different temperature coefficient in order to provide the 1% tolerance. 
Color 
1st & 2nd 
Multiplier 
Tolerance 
Black  0  1   
Brown  1  10  ±1% 
Red  2  100  ±2% 
Orange  3  1,000  ±3% 
Yellow  4  10,000  ±4% 
Green  5  100,000   
Blue  6  1,000,000   
Violet  7  10,000,000   
Gray  8  100,000,000   
White  9     
Gold    0.1  ±5% 
Silver    0.01  ±10% 
No Color      ±20% 
Link: Resistor ColorCode Calculator
Open a Microsoft Word document and keep a log of your activities. Answer all the questions in blue font.
Find the nominal resistance of three colorcoded resistors and the nominal uncertainty
in this value. Note this in table 1 below.
Table 1
 
Assume the 3 resistors are connected in series.
 
Assume the 3 resistors are connected in parallel.
 
Insert table 1 into your word document. 
You have 5 coils of wire, a standard resistance box containing 110 ohm precision resistors, a potentiometer, a voltmeter, and a 10 V power supply. You will measure the resistance of each of the coils with a Wheatstone bridge. With a switch you can select which standard resistor from the you want to use in the bridge. 
Four coils are made of copper wire and one coil is made of nickel silver wire. The length and the radius of the wire and the resistivity of the material for each coil are listed in the table below. You will also calculate the resistance of each coil from these given material properties.
Coil # 
Type 
resistivity (10^{8}Ωm) 
Length L m 
Radius (10^{4}m) 
1  copper  1.7  10  3.2 
2  copper  1.7  10  1.6 
3  copper  1.7  20  3.2 
4  copper  1.7  20  1.6 
5  nickel silver  33  10  3.2 
A schematic diagram of your Wheatstone bridge circuit is shown below. 
Start the
experiment
by clicking the link. http://labman.phys.utk.edu/wheatstone/  
Choose a coil and a standard resistance R_{2} (1 Ω, 3 Ω, or 5 Ω). In the simulation, close the contact switch (click the OFF/On button) and rotate the potentiometer dial while observing the reading of the digital voltmeter. Notice that the reading can be positive or negative. Rotate until you obtain a minimum value close to zero. (Try to achieve a voltmeter reading of near zero with a potentiometer dial reading between 3 an 7, by selecting an appropriate standard resistance R_{2}.)
 
Using the data in the table describing the coils,
calculate the resistance of each coil.
 
Compare the measured and calculated values of the resistances of each of the coils of wire and calculate the percent difference.  
Insert table 2 into your Word document. 
Summary
Make a statement concerning the relationship between the resistance of a wire and its length. Support your statement by referring to your data.  
Make another statement concerning the relationship between the resistance of a wire and its crosssectional area. Extend this statement and relate the resistance of a wire to its diameter or its radius. Support your statements by referring to your data. 
Is of the following statements true or false?

Save your Word document (your name_lab6.docx), go to Blackboard, Assignments, Lab 6, and attach your document.