Potentiometer (Pot) is another class of variable resistors and is used as an adjustable voltage divider. It consists of a fixed resistance track having connections at both ends and a sliding contact, called wiper, which moves along this track by turning the spindle. If only one of the connections and wiper are used, it behaves as a variable resistor or rheostat. In case wiper is not used, it will offer fixed resistance across the two connections. They are specified by their fixed value resistance. Learn about internal structure and working of potentiometer.
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