# What is linear potentiometer?

## What is linear potentiometer?

A linear potentiometer is a type of position sensor. They are used to measure displacement along a single axis, either up and down or left and right. Linear potentiometers are often rod actuated and connected to an internal slider or wiper carrier.

## What does 10k potentiometer mean?

As the symbol suggests a potentiometer is nothing but a resistor with one variable end. Let us assume a 10k potentiometer, here if we measure the resistance between terminal 1 and terminal 3 we will get a value of 10k because both the terminals are fixed ends of the potentiometer.

What is the range of a 10k ohm potentiometer?

0 Ω to 10 kΩ
The difference between high and low ends of a range—called the span of the circuit—has not changed, though: a range of 10 kΩ to 20 kΩ has the same 10,000 Ω span as a range of 0 Ω to 10 kΩ. If we wish to shift the span of this rheostat circuit as well, we must change the range of the potentiometer itself.

Is potentiometer resistance linear?

Potentiometers with a linear output have a linear relationship between mechanical travel and output voltage. Linear potentiometers produce a varying resistance output, determined by the displacement or position of a slider or wiper. The linearity of potentiometers involves variable resistors with three leads.

### What is the difference between linear and logarithmic potentiometer?

Two types of potentiometers with different tracks are available. With linear potentiometers, the resistance between one end of the track and the wiper varies at a constant rate as the slider is moved along the track. In logarithmic types, the change in resistance is much less at one end of the track to the other.

### Why do we use 10k potentiometer?

The full resistance is across it. So a 10k potentiometer is 10k ohms across, and the wiper goes from one end (0 ohms) to the other (10k ohms). If you are using the pot for fine tuning, it is better to use a lower resistance potentiometer.

Can I use 10k potentiometer instead of 100k?

That means, for high input impedance of input stage, use 100k instead of 10k. For low input impedance of input stage, use 10k instead of 100k??? Your question was with respect to distortion, if you get your signal generator and connect it to first a 10k pot then a 100k pot, you won’t see much difference in THD.

What are the advantages of potentiometer?

• Potentiometer works on zero deflection method so possibility of error is very small.
• The standardization of potentiometer can be done directly with a standard cell.
• This is highly sensitive so can be used to measure small emf’s.

#### What are the applications of DC potentiometer?

Ⅴ Potentiometer Application

• Measuring various electromotive forces, especially small ones.
• Measuring Resistance.
• Measuring Current.
• Measuring High Voltage.
• Measuring Power.
• Calibrating Voltameter.
• Calibrating Ammeter.

#### How do you know if a potentiometer is linear?

Use a multimeter. At “0” resistance should be 0, at “10” it will be whatever value the pot is i believe (250K, 500K etc) and then measure at “5”. If its half of the “10” value, then its linear. If its much smaller than half then its log.