**RESISTANCE** ©2013 J.D. DANIELS

Electrical Resistance measures how easy or difficult it is for electrons to move through a material, under the influence of voltage.

We want to start by considering Ohm's Law:

First, let's have you feel comfortable about current. Current is moving charges;
in a wire, current is the charges/sec passing across an internal surface perpendicular
to the axis of the wire. But at this point in the tutorial current is flowing
through a **resistor**, not a wire.

Unit of current: the **amp**. Unit of charge: the **coulomb**. There are
1.602 X 10^19 electrons per coulomb. One volt across 1 ohm passes 1 amp.

In a wire, (and in resistors) the moving charges are electrons. In the case
of wire: the outer shells of metallic atoms. Electrons, since the time of Benjamin
Franklin, have been saddled with having negative charge. All electrons have
absolutely identical charge, but some electrons may have more energy than others.

Is the electron the discrete smallest unit of charge? No, inside of protons
and neutrons there are quarks, with 1/3 or 2/3 the charge of the electron. But
all protons have exactly the opposite (positive) charge of all electrons.

Notice that when a wire has electrons flowing through it (as a current) there
are in the wire an equal number of positive charges (protons) sitting still
watching the electrons flow by.

It will turn out to be important for understanding Ohm's Law that one electron
does not flow in a current at a constant velocity, but bumps into other electrons
and into the atomic nuclei, and thus has a mean free path speed, resulting in
a **drift velocity, **orders of magnitude slower than the speed of light.

Of interest for BME, in aqueous solutions (not wires) charge can be carried
by Na K Ca Mg etc positive ions, or by Cl or other negative ions.

Notice that what we've said about current flowing through wires or ionic solutions
doesn't apply to our specfic consideration of Ohm's Law, which considers current
flowing through a (passive component) **resistor**...

Another non-resistor example of current: lightning. In lightning hundreds of
amps of current in the form of ionized air (called a plasma) typically flow
from a thunder cloud to some "desirable" location on the ground.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0uwpqtjsVQ
youtube video of lightning from thunderstorm over the Black Hills

Devil's
Tower WY

Having said all this about charges flowing, we are now ready to answer the question:
Why the heck would charged particles want to flow from anywhere to someplace
else anyway? A one-word answer: Voltage.

Recall from science class that like charges repel and opposites attract. These
notions are expressed in Coulomb's Law:

The E field expresses and inverse-square law. Now if the electric field is known
for a region of space, and one location in space is designated as ground, then
the **voltage difference** between some other point P and ground G is the
path integral

The unit of voltage is volts; voltage is a scalar, not a vector. Notice the
minus sign in the formula

It doesn't matter what path is taken for the integral, the voltage answer will depend only on the two start and end points of the integration ("conservative field")

The voltage is show as ΔV because voltage is always the difference between to different nodes in a circuit. Often the second node is "ground" assumed to be at 0 volts, but not always... Therefore Ohm's Law is about the voltage between one end of a resistor and the other end... the 2 ends of the resistor being wires with almost zero resistance.

There is a "point" version of Ohm's Law:

where J is current density, and σ is conductivity of the material (conductor,
semiconductor) at a particular point where the E field vector is evaluated.
The point version doesn't isn't practically useful because it doesn't reference
current and voltage. σ is a property of the material in question, which
we will encounter later.

At any rate, to answer the question about why a charges (electrons) would want to move: Because they feel an electric field caused by an uneven (static) charge distribution resulting in voltages that "pressure" the electrons along the way of the wire.

Let us now plot resistance R in the I-V plane:

http://www.electronics-tutorials.ws/dccircuits/dcp_1.html

**The slope of the line is 1/R=G** in the plane where I is the vertical
axis. A large resistance would be a nearly horizontal slope.

More possibilities in the I-V plane: a **short circuit **(0 resistance)
would be a vertical line; an open circuit (infinite? resistance) would be a
vertical line. An ideal voltage source would have 0 Ω resistance; an ideal
current source would have an infinite resistance.

What happens as voltage causes current to flow through a resistance? **Power
is dissipated.** Power = Volts * Amps. Power (from your physics class) is
the rate of energy use. What does it mean to be dissipated? Electrical energy
is transformed into thermal energy.

The unit of power is the watt. 1 volt sending 1 amp through a 1 ohm resistor
causes the dissipation of 1 watt.

By Ohm's Law you can verify

Any resistor with a little current passing through it will heat up a little...
The common 1/4-watt resistors we have hundreds of in the lab, of a hundred different
values in ohms, are rated to tolerate no more than 1/4 watt dissipation. If
we apply 10 volts to a 100 ohm resistor, and several seconds the resistor smokes
and burns up:

100 ohms
= brown black brown...

**Power transfer: Look at the circuit below:
**If Zs is fixed, for what value of ZL will the amout of power delivered to
ZL be maximum? (a good quiz question!) For v. small ZL, VL will be tiny, and
for v. large ZL current I will be tiny... Power(ZL) will be max for something
in between...

**Resistor color code (3 band): **Looked at from left to right the 3 stripes
on a resistor S1 S2 S3 (then a gold or silver stripe for tolerance) are used
as follows: [S1 S2] * 10^S3, where S1 S2 is a 2 digit number between 10 and
99. The color-digit code is the rainbow surrounded by black, brown, then grey
white:

**22***10^**4**
= 220,000Ω

**Tolerance**: We buy in quantity 1/4-watt, 5% tolerance resistors, (so-called
carbon-film resistors... see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistor

for more detail.) We carry values from 10Ω to 10MΩ, six orders of
magnitude range. The 5% tolerance means the mfgr guarantees that a resistor
labeled as 1000Ω will be greater than 950 and less than 1050Ω ;
the variation follows a gaussian distribution.

Example: at one point in EN123 you will find that the formula for the magnitude of op amp gain is Rf/Rs; if Rf = 10KΩ and Rs = 1000Ω the gain is expected to be 10; then the worst cases will be 10500/950 = 11.05 or 9500/1050 = 9.04 gains... not good from a real-world point of view.

If you sit with a bin full of resistors from the 1000Ω drawer and measure
their resistances with an ohmmeter (your Agilent 34401A multimeter in the lab)
and set aside the resistors in the range 990-1010Ω you will have increased
their value from 3 cents to 25 cents (now 1% tolerance resistors...)

**Thermistors: **Back to the subject of resistors heating up: Normally we
would like a resistor not to change its value if itheats up (or cools down...).
However, as with all material properties, resistivity (the inverse of conductivity
mentioned above) is temperature-sensitive. If you've had a Materials Science
course you may remember that as a metal heats up its resistivity increases (because
the mean free path of valence-band electrons flowing in metal is reduced). However,
carbon-film and semiconductor resistors experiencing heat find more electrons
moving up to the valence band and thus such **resistance** **decreases.**

It's possible to give in to the inevitable change of resistivity as a function
of temperature and look for a material whose resistivity changes a lot with
temperature, then declare it to be a temperature sensor. Such are the thermistors
that you will use in Lab 5 of EN123. A negative-temperature-coefficient (NTC)
thermistor rated at 1200Ω can drop to 600Ω if the temperature increases
from 40C to 58C. Below is a curve from another thermistor (www.arroyoinstruments.com).

**Resistors in series or parallel**:

In the partial circuit below

the total resistance is R3 + R2||R1 where R2||R1 = R2*R1/(R1 + R2);

**Voltage divider:
**Now consider the voltage divider circuit below:

By appropriate choices of R1 and R2 you can set Vout to any voltage between Vin and 0 (ground).

**Potentiometer:
**Imagine a circular disk of semiconductor material like you might find in
a resistor, and a spring-loaded "wiper" that can sweep around the
disk and become the center pin of a potentiometer. Schematically what you're
seeing is

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The total resistance between A and B is unchanged...say RT ohms. Then if R1 = resistance from A to W and R2 = resistance from W to B, we have an adjustable voltage divider. If A is connected to Vin and B to ground, then

A circuit symbol for a potentiometer is

In the circuit below the lowest the potentiometer wiper can be is 2.5v if the
potentiometer is turned down to 10K..:

(www.tigoe.com)

**Note 2: **A potentiometer with its shaft controlling the angular position
of the wiper is a rotation sensor. The wiper position can be proportional to
the angular position of the shaft. See below:

(stemeducationreferences.pbworks.com)

**Conductance. **For resistors in parallel it is more convenient to consider
them as conductances. **Conductance G = 1/R** and has the unit of mhos. (Or
siemens, in Europe). Two conductances in parallel have a combined conductance
of GT = G1 + G2.

The most studied parallel conductances in biology are the voltage and transmitter-sensitive
protein channels in the membranes of nerve cells. (ref Bertil Hille, *Ion
Channels of Excitable Membranes 3rd Ed*., Sinauer, 2001).

As a conductance challenge (and because we will encounter ladder circuits twice
in EN123) consider the particular resistive ladder built up below: Say each
of the resistors in the circuit is of value R. From the upper left node to ground
what is the conductance?

G is in parallel with 2R = G/2 to ground so the total conductance is GT = G+G/2
= 3/2 * G

Now add another segment to the ladder:

What now is the conductance from the upper left node to ground?

Add yet another segment to the ladder to find

The sequence of terms multiplying G is continued by: (in one line on Matlab)

v6 = [ 1 3 8; 1 2 5 ] , for ii = 4:7 v6(2, ii) = v6(1, ii-1)+v6(2, ii-1); v6(1,
ii) = v6(2, ii)+v6(1, ii-1); end, v6, v7 = v6(1, :)./v6(2, :)

converging to the famous Golden
Ratio number of 1.618...

well, that was fun!

**Kirchoff's Current Law (KCL). **Graphically, a circuit consists of nodes,
and branches connecting the nodes. For now the branches can contain resistors,
or voltage sources or current sources. Later in the branches we'll allow capacitors
and inductors, and diodes, oh my.

Kirchoff's Current Law says: *The algebraic sum of the currents into a node
equals zero. *By "algebraic" we mean that you--the analyzer of
the circuit--have drawn arrows on the branches indicating which way the current
is flowing. If the actual current is flowing in the opposite direction from
your arrow then the algebraic current is negative. Remember that because electrons
carry negative charge a flow of electrons in a particular direction in a branch
is a negative current.

www.faqs.org

In the circuit above the current direction arrow are drawn for the one node
whose voltage is unknown. The bottom node can be assumed at 0 volts (ground,
reference). The nodes at the upper left and right are seen to be at 28v and
7v because of the voltage sources.

Once the current arrow is drawn the dwg below shows the convention for assign
+ and - to the voltage across the resistor:

www.facstaff.bucknell.edu

To write KCL for the nodes in a circuit we have to agree on one more convention:
For me it is this: If current is flowing out of the node it is positive; flowing
in, negative. Also appreciate that the conductance version of Ohm's Law is I
=G*V.

Now we can write KCL for the unknown-voltage node VN in the 2-voltage-source
circuit above, where we have:

**Node admittance matrix. **The canonical problem of EN52 or any introductory
circuits course is this: Given a circuit with N nodes, and connecting branches
(containing R, C, L elements or voltage or current sources) find all node voltages
and all branch currents. One of the nodes will be easy: the node designated
to be reference, and set to 0 volts.

Otherwise, here is what to do (at least to begin with...): Write out KCL for each of the other N-1 nodes. In writing out KCL you will have drawn arrows for the positive direction of current. You will use the convention that + is on the tail of the arrow going through the branch element, and (-) is on the arrowhead side of the element. Further, agree with me that currents going into a node count as positive and leaving a node, negative, in KCL.

You will have N-1 equations in N-1 unknowns (the non-reference node voltages).
Because (for resistor-only circuits) your KCL expressions will be of the form
G*V = I, and the word "admittance" is a generalized form of conductance,
you can express your KCL equations as **Yn*V = Is**, Yn is the node admittance
matrix, V is a column vector of node voltages, and Is are current sources in
circuit. The answer to the node voltages is

Before going illustrating the idea above with a specific multi-node circuit, we need to make a remark about current and voltage sources. Current sources are straightforward for KCL: They contribute directly to a current going into or our of a node. A voltage source, if one of its ends contacts the reference node, then defines the voltage at the other node, and that node can be taken out of the KCL list. If the voltage source is in parallel with a resistor, that resistor can be taken out of the circuit. (Why?)

Otherwise you must convert voltage sources to current sources:

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The voltage source will be in series with some
resistor Rs; the equivalent circuit with a current source has Is = Vs/Rs amps
and Rs in parallel with the current source. Such a change is also
know as a **Thevenin-to-Norton transformation**. In general any two points
in a resistive network can be reduced to either a Thevenin (voltage in series
with a resistor) or Norton (current in parallel with the resistance) circuit.
Measure the open circuit voltage and the short circuit current of the the two
nodes to model, and the calculation of the ideal voltage source (0 resistance)
or the ideal current source (open circuit) + the accompanying resistor will
be straightforward.

Having said all this let's tackle the resistor ladder, now with a current source
on the left and all the resistors different, and shown as conductances Gx:

(and having current out of a node be positive...)

The arrows for assumed direction of currents are shown in red. The 4 nodes with
unknown voltages are numbered. KCL equations for the nodes are (with current
out of a node as positive):

and now the beauty of the node admittance matrix: you don't need to write out KCL for each node. You can write down Yn by inspection: the diagonals are the positive sums of the conductances touching the nodes in question; the off-diagonal terms (i, j, i not = j) are symmetric and are the negatives of the conductances between nodes i and j.

I once wrote out the above and announced to a class that it was an example of the node admittance matrix method. A student in the back raised her hand and said in her perfect South Carolina accent, "That's not an example. Those are just letters. An examples has to have numbers. You don't have any numbers on the board!" So taking her definition of an example, let's says the *resistances* in the circuit are 1Ω for G1, 2Ω for G2...7Ω for G7 and let' say Is - 8 amps.

*Using Matlab and transcribing...*

G1 = 1; G2 = 1/2, G3 = 1/3; G4 = 1/4, G5 = 1/5, G6 = 1/6, G7 = 1/7,

Yn = [G1+G2+G3 -G2 0 0; -G2 G2+G3+G4 -G4 0; 0 -G4 G4+G5+G6 -G6; 0 0 -G6 G6+G7
]

Then we have

the next two lines of Matlab code would be

Is = [8; 0; 0; 0]

Vn = inv(Yn)*Is

You will see the node admittance matrix in action in 123 when we analyze the VCVS active filter for Quiz 2.

*Using Superposition**
to help solve linear circuit problems: While the node admittance matrix takes
care of all inputs at once in solving a circuit for node voltages, it is possible
to appreciate superposition (linear summation) as a way to break a circuit up
into smaller problems. Using superposition means that all but one input (IN-now)
should be set to 0, and the influence of IN-now on all (or the one of interest)
node voltages is calculated. To set a voltage source to 0 turn it into a
short circuit; to set a current source to 0 make it an open circuit. The
answer to the full circuit problem is the (vector) sum of the individual input
(In-now) problems. Superpositition will be used a couple times in EN123
to look at the result of more than one input (D-A conversion) being active for
a circuit. *

**Wheatstone bridge. **The most frequently used resistor network in EN123
will be the Wheatstone bridge. For example, here's a Wheatstone bridge from
a recent strain gauge quiz:

The Wheatstone bridge in the circuit above is the two voltage dividers side-by-side;
the bottom of the bridge is grounded and the top is connected to an "excitation"
voltage. Connecting the two center points of the dividers is a differential
amplifier of gain G. If all of the resistances in the bridge are equal then
the two divider outputs are equal and the output of the amplifier is zero. However,
if (say) the "bottom-longitudinal" resistor is slightly greater because
it is strained in its location, then the left side of the bridge will have a
slightly higher voltage and Vout will be an amplified voltage of the cross-bridge
voltage difference.

Of course you could make an unbalanced bridge simply by using 5% tolerance resistors from the drawers in the lab; the strain gauge resistors are basically $10 precision resistors that are guaranteed to be within 0.1% of (say) 120Ω in their "un-strained" state.

If we abbreviate the 4 resistors in the circuit above as RTT, RBL, RTL and
RBT then the output of the amplifier with gain G is

Note: in the strain gauge example above appreciate that by passing current
through the (mettalic) strain gauge resistors the resistors will heat up slightly
and their resistance will drop slightly...but because they are all changing
together the Wheatstone bridge will do a good job of compensating for ambient
temperature change.

**Diodes and rectifiers: **The current-voltage relationship of a resistor
is linear. A semiconductor diode has a nonlinear relationship which makes it
seem like a "one-way wire" or **rectifier. **The equation describing
the I-V relationship is

where ID and VD are diode current and voltage respectively. The symbol for such
a diode is at the bottom right below

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and on the right side above is a plot of the current-voltage relationship for
a doped-silicon diode.

In the lab we have a drawer full of 1N914 diodes.

VT = kT/q = 25mV, at room temperature, where T is in degrees Kelvin, q is the magnitude of charge on an electron and and k is Boltzmann's constant.

Given the formula we have for diode current and a function of diode voltage,
**what happens to the resistance of the diode (ΔV/ΔI) if VD = 1
volt and temperature increases?** Yes, it seems that diode current decreases
so resistance increases, which is incorrect for the semiconductor materials
a diode is made of...the paradox will be solved in the lecture on temperature
transducers, later.

A diode, like a resistor, is rated by how much current it can handle (dissipate). At 25degC a 1N914 can handle a maximum of about 90mA in the forward direction.

A silicon diode is not a perfect rectifier, which would be open-circuit for VD < 0 and short-circuit for VD>0, but it does well, and can be made "perfect" as feedback element with an op amp (more later...).

In a **full-wave rectifier** (absolute value circuit) 4 diodes are arranged
like:

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When the AC input is greater at the top than the bottom of the "bridge"
then current passes through the upper right diode, then down through the Load
Resistor, then back through the lower left diode to return; when the AC input
is the opposite phase the other two diodes form the current path, but the +current
still moves from top to bottom of the Load Resistor.

Notice that the minus side of the load is not connected to he minus sign of the input.

We'll see later that a full wave rectifier is one part of a DC power supply.

Diodes have other forms and uses: **Light Emitting Diodes** (LEDs) properly
fabricated can emit light in a variety of colors; LEDs have forward bias voltages
in the range 1.3-1.8v, much greater than the 0.7v of a 1N914 type diode.

**Zener diodes **have calibrated reverse breakdown voltages; zeners are
used to limit and regulate voltages. The circuit below shows a zener diode holding
the voltage on the load resistor to 4.7 volts.

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A **Schottky diode** has a smaller forward bias voltage (0.3v) than a regular
diode, and has faster switching times.

**Ohm's Law redux: electron beam current in a cathode ray tube. **This tutorial
began with us wanting to contemplate Ohm's Law, V=I*R. Ohm's Law only holds
for Ohmic materials. Certainly what constitutes a diode does not qualify as
Ohmic... another example: the electron current flowing in a cathode ray tube.
A sealed cathode ray tube contains no material: a vacuum is pulled.

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An old-fashioned television! A heated cathode boils off electrons that are pulled toward the screen by 25,000 volts on the accelerating anodes. To find the E field from voltage use the gradient operator:

Inside the vacuum the electrons in the current have a chance to obey Newton's First Law : Force = Mass*Acceleration. Recall Coulomb's Law says F = q*E, where E is the electric field at the point of charge q. Near the cathode the electron density is great as the electron "drift" speed is low. Later as the electrons accelerate in the electric field, they spread out and their density decreases. Yes, the current dQ/dt stays the same, but the electrons are accelerated closer to the speed of light. Ohm's Law doesn't hold for the electron beam.

In a resistor there are atoms that the "drifting" electrons bump into that divert and slow them down, much like a skydiver eventually reaches a terminal velocity of 120 MPH before opening his parachute. Here Ohm's Law rules, because the electrons in the resistor are traveling about the same speed. (A rather elaborate solid state physics explanation is needed to show that while the drfit speed (as low as 1m/sec) of electrons is v. slow the reaction in the circuit is much faster...)

In the next tutorial, on Capacitance, we'll see another realm that Ohm's Law
doesn't account for.