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Variable Resistors in a Voltage Divider

  1. Sep 23, 2013 #1
    My textbook says that in a voltage divider (voltage source Vin, then a resistor, then another path that leads to Vout, Resistor two, Ground, that it is a bad idea to use variable resistors for BOTH of the resistors (but it is okay if you just do one or the other). Does anybody know why?
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  3. Sep 23, 2013 #2


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    What happens if both potentiometers are set to zero?
  4. Sep 23, 2013 #3


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    With 2 variable resistors there is a possibility of having 0 ohms resistance, this could damage your power source.
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