I like the World Spirit’s responses: the order convention is part of the notation convention.
All these mnemonic sayings! When I learned all these things, I just learned them as part of the scene. Who needs all those silly things like. . .uh oh, I guess I forgot it, but I remember the resistor code"
0 - black
1 - brown
2 - red
3 - orange
4 - yellow
5 - green
6 - blue
7 - violet
8 - gray
9 - white
So now, maybe I can covert that back to that old mnemonic. . .oh, yeah:
“Bad boys rape our young girls, but Violet gives willingly.”
Gee, now, if I can wire up the right resistor networks, I can probably write things better’n ole Willy with the shaky spear.
So how would I know whether ‘bad boys’ meant ‘black, brown’ or ‘brown, black’? Or whether ‘girls’ and ‘gives’ meant ‘green’ and ‘gray’ respectively or vice versa? I mean, if you had to have a mnemonic, it would be: I start in the dark and head for the light, and after 2 colors, I go through a rainbow, red-first, to get there. That would mean from black to a non-pure-spectral color heading for red, i.e., brown, to red-rainbow-violet, and the lighten through gray to white. But, no, the mnemonic people want you to keep your mind in the gutter.
But those were the days before software ruined everything. . .and I can’t remember a dang thing anymore, no matter how you frame it.
Ray (Resistors of the world unite. Uniters of the world resist. Or your family multiples before it divides, but the bills always add up, or something like that, +/-, as in any nonexact nonscience.)