Posted by Justin on .
A copper wire has a resistance of 0.425 at 20.0°C, and an iron wire has a resistance of 0.455 at the same temperature. At what temperature are their resistances equal?

physics 
Graham,
Given the temperature coefficients of resistance (α) of each metal at 20°C
copper = 6.8×10^3[/°C]
iron = 6.51×10^3[/°C]
Use: R(T+∆T) = R(T) + α R(T) ∆T
Find: (20°C + ∆T) such that:
0.425+0.425×0.0068 ∆T = 0.444+0.425×0.00651 ∆T 
physics 
Justin,
I got the solution:
copper=3.9x10^3
iron=5.0x10^3
R(1+α∆T)=R(1+α∆T)
0.425(1+0.0039∆T)=0.455(1+0.005∆T)
∆T=48.6°C
T=20°C48.6°C=28.6°C 
physics 
isaac,
the length of copper and iron wire is 500m at 0°c. determine the difference in their length at 30°c