# Resistance Ohm s Law by MikeJenny

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```									                     KEY - Problem Set I - Resistance & Ohm’s Law

1. A steady current of 2.4 A exists in a wire for 4.0 min.
a. How much total charged passes by a given point in the circuit during those 4.0 min? (580
C)
I  2.4A                                      Q
I
60 sec                         t
t  4 min            240 sec
1min                        Q  It  (2.4A)(240 sec)  576C  580C
b. How many electrons would this be? (3.6E21 electrons)
1e
580C                 3.6 10 21 e
1.6 10 C
19

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2. Suppose at 20.0 C the resistance of a Platinum Resistance Thermometer is 164.2 . When
o

placed in a particular solution, the resistance is 187.4 . What is the temperature of this
solution? (aplatinum = 3.92E-3oC-1) (56.0oC)
   R  Ro 1  (T To )
187.4  164.2 3.92 10 3 (T  20)
1
1.1413  1 3.92 10 3 T  0.0784
0.2197  3.92 10 3 T
T  56.0 o C
3. In a dental x-ray machine, the movement of accelerated electrons is east. The current associated
with these electrons is in what direction: (a) east, (b) west, or (c) zero. Why?

                                       electrons
Ben Franklin guessed wrong. “He was
Current

4. A small toy car draws a 0.50 mA current from a 3.0 V nickel-cadmium (nicad) battery.
a. In 10 minutes of operation, how much charge flows through the toy car?
Q
I
I  0.5mA  0.5 103 A                              t
60 sec                               Q  It  (0.5 103 A)(600 sec)
t 10 min          600 sec
1min                                 Q  0.30C
b. How much potential energy is lost by the battery?
PE  QV  (0.30C)(3.0V)  0.90J
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5. Estimate at what temperature copper wire will have the same resistivity as tungsten does at 20oC.

(copper = 0.0068C , tungsten = 0.0045C)

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6. An electric eel touches the head and tail of a cylindrically shaped fish and applies a voltage of
600 V across it. If a current of 0.80 A results (likely killing the prey), estimate the average
resistivity of the fish’s flesh, assuming it is 20 cm long and 4.0 cm in diameter. (4.7 m)
V  600V                                         L
I  0.80A                             R
A
R ?                                              0.20m
750  
V  IR                                          (0.02m) 2
600V  (0.80A)R                         4.71 m
R  750
7. A wire 5.0 m long and 3.0 mm in diameter has a resistance of 100 . A 15 V potential difference
is applied across wire. Find:
the
a. the current in the wire.
   V  IR
15V  (100)I
I  0.15A
b. The resistivity of the material.

L
   R
A
5.0m
100  
 (0.0015m) 2
  1.4 104  m
8. A particular application requires a 20 m length of aluminum wire to have a 0.25 m resistance at
20OC. What must be the wire’s diameter if the resistivity of the wire at the temperature is 2.82
x10-8 m. (0.054 m)
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L
R
A
L  20m                                                                              20m
0.25 10 3   (2.82 10 8 m)
R  0.25m  0.25 10         3
r 2
T  20 o C                                       r 2  7.18 10 4
d  2r  ?                                       r  2.68 10 2
  2.82 108 m                                d  2r  0.054m

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