MullOverThings

Useful tips for everyday

# What is a linear taper potentiometer?

## What is a linear taper potentiometer?

Glossary Term: Linear Taper In a potentiometer, taper refers to how the resistance varies as the pot’s armature is rotated (or, for a slide pot, as its wiper slides; or for a solid state pot like the DS1802, as its input voltage is varied).

## 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.

## Is audio taper linear or log?

The most used non-linear taper is the logarithmic (log) or audio taper. To compensate for the ears logarithmic behavior, audio taper pots were developed. While it is called logarithmic, it is actually an exponential curve (the opposite of the logarithmic behavior of the human ear).

## What is the taper of a potentiometer?

In a potentiometer, taper refers to how the resistance varies as the pot’s armature is rotated (or, for a slide pot, as its wiper slides; or for a solid state pot like the DS1802, as its input voltage is varied). For a pot with a linear taper, the resistance varies linearly as the wiper moves.

## What is the difference between a linear and a 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.

## What does B mean on a potentiometer?

A generally means audio taper and B generally means linear taper.

## What is the difference between linear and audio potentiometers?

Linear pots will give a uniform decrease in volume/tone (you will notice more of an effect on each control knob setting) whilst audio will give a more instant (quicker) increase or decrease in volume or tone. If you gig a lot, audio may be better for a quicker boost while on stage.

## What is a Type B potentiometer?

Potentiometers made in Asia and the USA are usually marked with an “A” for logarithmic taper or a “B” for linear taper; “C” for the rarely seen reverse logarithmic taper. When a percentage is referenced with a non-linear taper, it relates to the resistance value at the midpoint of the shaft rotation.

## What are the disadvantages of potentiometer?

Let’s see the disadvantages of Potentiometer. It is inconvenient to use a potentiometer. The cross-sectional area of the potentiometer wire must be uniform, which is almost impossible to achieve. The temperature of the potentiometer wire must remain constant during the experiment.

## What are the 3 terminals on a potentiometer?

A potentiometer has 3 pins. Two terminals (the blue and green) are connected to a resistive element and the third terminal (the black one) is connected to an adjustable wiper. The potentiometer can work as a rheostat (variable resistor) or as a voltage divider.

## What is the formula of potentiometer?

It is calculated as V/L, where V is the potential difference between two points and L is the distance between two points. Also K = (IρL/A)/L = Iρ/A. E1/E2 = L1/L2 is the equation to compare the emf of two cells, where E1 and E2 are the emf and L1 and L2 are the length at which it is balanced.

## How is a tapered potentiometer used in audio?

One of more popular specialty pots is the logarithmically tapered type that is used in audio circuits in order to effect an audible linear sound volume change relative to the percentage of travel of the wiper arm. Analog stereo systems are major users of tapered potentiometers.

## What is the action of a logarithmic potentiometer?

The action of a logarithmic potentiometer as shown above is only approximately logarithmic and in fact in many less expensive commercial pots the logarithmic track is actually made up of two sections of linear track, each having a different resistance.

## Why is the logarithmic taper called an audio taper?

Equation 1 illustrates the basic form of the logarithmic potentiometer’s resistance characteristic R (x), where x is the wiper position as a percentage of full scale. The logarithmic taper is commonly called an audio taper because it is often used audio applications for loudness control.

## How to calculate the linearity of a potentiometer?

P req = 10 2 [ ( 10 x 10 3 + 1 x 10 3) / (10 x 10 3) (1 x 10 3 )] or 0.1 watt. The specifications for this particular pot should be 1000 ohms, 1 watt, and a linear taper. Posted January 16, 2020 (original 9/9/2011)