Rebel Resistor Mho

resistorMhoAdafruit has got a plush resistor toy thingy on the way. They’re naming it Mho. It must be the rebellious resistor who wants to be known as a conductor. Mho will probably change its color bands like people dye hair so that they indicate Mho’s conductance.

I know maybe two people who will understand that and might get a giggle out of it. For everyone else, one of the names proposed for the unit of conductance, the multiplicative inverse of resistance, was Mho. It does still get some use in that capacity. I first came across it in Issac Asimov’s Understanding Physics; he was quite amused by the name.

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