Equivalent 1000Ω Resistor Uncertainty

In summary, the conversation is about determining the most precise combination of resistors to achieve an equivalent resistance of 1000 ohms. The options are two common resistors rated at 500 plus/minus 50 ohms and two others rated at 2000 ohms plus/minus 5%. The suggestion is to do the math and calculate the combination of resistors at the extreme tolerances to determine the most precise option.
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my question is that i have two resistors that are combined to form an equivalent resistance of 1000 ohms. Now there are two common resistors rated at 500 plus/minus 50 ohms and two others rated at 2000 ohms plus/minus 5%. I need to know what combo (series or parallel) would provide the smaller uincertainty in the equivalent 1000 ohm resistance?
 
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This is probably a homework question as manufacturers usually don't spec tolerance in this way. so...

what have you tried so far? do you have an opinion?
 
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Thread moved to homework forum.

the_d, just do the math to figure it out. Do the combinations of resistors that are at the extreme +/- of their tolerances. What answer do you get?
 

Related to Equivalent 1000Ω Resistor Uncertainty

What is an equivalent 1000Ω resistor uncertainty?

An equivalent 1000Ω resistor uncertainty refers to the amount of error or variability in the measured value of a 1000Ω resistor. This uncertainty can arise from various factors such as manufacturing tolerances, measurement equipment accuracy, and environmental conditions.

Why is it important to consider the uncertainty of a 1000Ω resistor?

Considering the uncertainty of a 1000Ω resistor is important because it provides a measure of the reliability and accuracy of the measured value. It also allows for proper calibration and adjustment of measurement equipment to ensure accurate results.

How is the uncertainty of a 1000Ω resistor calculated?

The uncertainty of a 1000Ω resistor is typically calculated using statistical methods and taking into account the various sources of error. This can include using standard deviation, tolerance values, and error propagation calculations.

What are some common sources of uncertainty in a 1000Ω resistor measurement?

Some common sources of uncertainty in a 1000Ω resistor measurement include fluctuations in temperature and humidity, variations in the resistance of the materials used, and limitations of measurement equipment.

How can the uncertainty of a 1000Ω resistor be reduced?

The uncertainty of a 1000Ω resistor can be reduced by using high-quality materials, ensuring proper calibration and maintenance of measurement equipment, and conducting multiple measurements and taking an average to reduce the effects of random errors.

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