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What is the impedance across a resistor?

  1. Oct 24, 2004 #1
    hi, i want to ask, what is the impedance across a resisitor? isn't it just the value of the resistor? say i have a resistor of 50ohms, then its impedance is 50ohms, right??
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  3. Oct 24, 2004 #2
  4. Nov 3, 2004 #3
    Yes, it's 50 ohms. It's common practice (such as in audio and radio technology) to refer to a pure resistance as an "impedance." It's technically correct, since a pure resistance is just an impedance where X = j0. There's something that should be mentioned, though. Sometimes, real-world resistors may exhibit excessive reactance for a particular application. For instance, you can't use a 50 ohm wirewound resistor as an RF dummy load--it has too much inductance.
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