# Question: Why do you need a resistor to charge a capacitor?

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Explanation: When capacitors and resistors are connected together the resistor resists the flow of current that can charge or discharge the capacitor. The larger the resistor , the slower the charge/discharge rate. The larger the capacitor , the slower the charge/discharge rate.

## Why does a capacitor have a resistor?

A start capacitor resistor (also called a bleed down resistor) is used to bleed off residual voltage in a start capacitor after it has removed from a motor circuit after start up.

## Why do you need a resistor in an RC circuit?

What is a Resistor? The other important part of an RC circuit is the R - the resistor. In an electrical circuit, a resistor passively opposes the flow of current. In other words, it resists the electron flow moving through the circuit.

## Do I always need a resistor?

Circuits need resistors for, for all manner of reasons. Resistors are used to provide biasing voltages that control the gain of amplifiers, they are used to limit currents to safe levels and prevent overheating, they provide a way to sense current and voltage for circuit control and more.

## What triggers a capacitor to discharge?

When positive and negative charges coalesce on the capacitor plates, the capacitor becomes charged. If a path in the circuit is created, which allows the charges to find another path to each other, theyll leave the capacitor, and it will discharge.

## What happens if you dont use a resistor?

When hooking up an LED, you are always supposed to use a current-limiting resistor to protect the LED from the full voltage. If you hook the LED up directly to the 5 volts without a resistor, the LED will be over-driven, it will be very bright for a while, and then it will burn out.

## Do I need a resistor for each LED?

An LED (Light Emitting Diode) emits light when an electric current passes through it. The simplest circuit to power an LED is a voltage source with a resistor and an LED in series. If the voltage source is equal to the voltage drop of the LED, no resistor is required.

## Can a capacitor go open circuit?

Capacitors become open circuits, which means that there is a break in the circuit, in D.C. steady state, while inductors become short circuits, which means they become a wire, in D.C. steady state. A good way to remember this is to understand why this occurs. Capacitors store charge in a electrostatic field.

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