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How to distinguish the three pins of a potentiometer
The three pins of a potentiometer typically include the middle pin (wiper), top pin (top), and bottom pin (bottom). 

The middle foot serves as a voltage divider, while the top and bottom feet define the resistance range that changes when the knob is turned. The method to distinguish the three pins of a potentiometer is as follows: 12 Observe the appearance. The appearance of a potentiometer usually has a mark indicating the position of the middle pin, and the positions of the left and right pins can also be distinguished by size and shape. Generally, the left pin is slightly larger than the right pin and is further away from the middle pin. 

Use a multimeter for testing. Using a multimeter can further confirm the function of the pins. Firstly, connect the multimeter probes to any two pins of the potentiometer, adjust the potentiometer handle, and observe whether the resistance changes; Then, replace one of the probes with the connected pin, adjust the potentiometer handle again, and observe whether the resistance value changes. Comparing the resistance values of two measurements, when the resistance value in one measurement does not change, it indicates that the pin connected to the red and black probes of the multimeter is a fixed pin, and the other pin is a moving pin. Through these methods, the three pins of the potentiometer can be effectively distinguished.



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