Posted by **jason** on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 1:43pm.

A silver wire and a platinum wire of the same length have the same resistance. What is the ratio of the diameter of the silver wire to that of the platinum wire.

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**drwls**, Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 1:57pm
p1^L1/D1^2 = p2*L2/D2^2 since resistances are equal.

(The p's are the resistivities, which you need to look up). Since L1 = L2,

D1/D2 = sqrt(p2/p1)

subscript "1" denotes silver and subscript "2" denotes platinum.

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