Difference between a Potentiometer and a Rheostat?


The difference between a potentiometer and rheostat is the number of connections, or terminals. A potentiometer has three connections, and rheostat only has two connections. Rheostats are used in such things as light dimmer switches. A potentiometer can be found in a radio volume control knob.
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