Posted by **Mike** on Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 8:43pm.

How to do this problem?

Compute the number of turns of wire on a coil whose resistance measures 15.5 ohms, and which is wound around a 2-inch diameter form in a single layer of 28 gage enameled copper wire.

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**bobpursley**, Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 9:01pm
You get a wire chart out,look up the resistance of #28 copper.

http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/tesla/wire1.txt

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**Mike**, Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 9:05pm
I understand. I know you have the formula R = (rho)*length / area.

But how to solve the question? I'm still stuck on it.

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**bobpursley**, Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 9:12pm
No, that is not it. The chart I attached gives for copper 28 wire, the ft/ohm, and other. You know the length is 15.5ohms, determine the length from that table data. Look at the chart.

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**Mike**, Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 9:14pm
oh I see. my book has ohns per 1000 feet of copper wire at 25 degrees C.

That should be the data I use but you convert into ft using the ft/ohm data and that should be it? Number of turns?

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**bobpursley**, Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 9:16pm
number turns= length/circumference.

I would put length in inches to match units.

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**Mike**, Monday, April 5, 2010 at 12:18pm
so now at 28 gage wire is listed to be 66.17 ohms per 1000 ft of Copper Wire at 25 degrees C.

Then the coil has 15.5 ohm resistance so 15.5 ohms * (1000 ft / 66.17 ohms) * (12 in / ft) = 2.81 in.

Then we got diameter of 2 inch so 2*pi*1 = 2pi inches for circumference.

Finally, number of turns = length / circumference = 2.81 / 2pi = 0.447?

That sounds odd, what does that mean as an answer IF it is correct?

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