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Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Lauren on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 10:14pm.

If a wire of resistance R, resistivity "roe", length L, and cross sectional area A, had its length doubled and radius halved, what would be the ratio of R'/R. Where R' is the new resistance of the wire.

I thought it would be 4 times R, giving the ratio of 4R:R'
However, I plugged theoretical numbers in to check and it did not match what I thought. Can someone please explain the ratio to me?

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