[sdiy] Buffering 0V when using a pot as a voltage divider?

Harry Bissell harrybissell at wowway.com
Thu Jun 30 16:33:11 CEST 2011

Truly, sir... ground does not exist !

I make the analogy of the North Atlantic Ocean (a virtual water ground)

If I drop a shot-glass of water into it, does the water level rise ?

of course it does, the trick is that it rises an infinitesimal amount and you
really don't care, its 'good enough'.

You might also note that shot-glass of water raises the the South Atlantic Ocean as well,
but somewhat later than the North Atlantic.

Perhaps a "black hole" could be considered a virtual ground, but I suspect that for a big enough
input (a galaxy perhaps ?)even that might move....

Ohms law rules !


H^) harry

----- Original Message -----
From: David G Dixon <dixon at mail.ubc.ca>
To: 'SDIY List' <synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl>
Sent: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 17:31:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Buffering 0V when using a pot as a voltage divider?

> I wouldn't buffer ground unless it's a virtual ground (which 
> should already be buffered anyway).  A real ground should 
> already be "stout".

If ground isn't stiff, then it isn't ground!  Every circuit design relies on
the fact that ground is ground, no matter what.  The only issue might be
dumping too much current down too narrow of a trace and generating a small
voltage at the front end, but this is a layout issue, not a ground issue.

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