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I have a soldering pencil which has an integrated PTC RTD built in. The temperature of the RTD can be represented using this equation y = 0.0056x^2+4.9382X-239.43 where x is the resistance of the RTD and y is the temperature in Celsius. The resistance would vary from 50 to 100 ohms (its a relatively low resistance for an RTD).

Could you please provide me with a way to measure the resistance of the RTD giving the greatest resolution to the arduino measuring it? (ie use all 1024 voltage levels measured with the arduino's analogRead() )

Thank you in advance.
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You would not get much better resolution, if you 'd carefully scale input  to 0-5 range using OPA,  compare to simple R - RTD voltage divider.
 Other options,  use external ADC, 16 - 24 bits, or you may dig for Atmel app. note explaining oversampling technics AVR121.
For update rate 3 Hz , which is (IMHO) o'k with temperature measurements, they give this numbers:
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Voltage        Oversa-       Right      Ideal           Ideal voltage           Maximum
resolution     mpled      shifted decimated      representation         Bandwidth
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 ~75 uV       4096X         6X        32413             2.4729V               ~3Hz (1)
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Magician could you please explain to me the term OPA and the table you posted below?
Thanx again
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Table from AVR121, google for it. OPA - operational amplifier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operational_amplifier
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Thanks for the help magician
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