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A cylindrical copper cable carries a current of 1260 A. There is a potential difference of 1.6 10-2 V between two points on the cable that are 0.32 m apart. What is the radius of the cable?

  • physics - , Friday, September 7, 2007 at 6:00am

    The current and potential difference together tell you the resistance R = V/I = 1.27*10^-5 Ohms

    1.27*10^-5 = (rho)*L/A
    where rho = the resisitivity of copper, in ohm-m, and A = the cross-sectional area (m^2), which is pi R^2
    Solve for R. You will have to look up rho of copper.

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