• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To investigate the resistance of different materials in the form of wirer, resistors and other materials.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Ohms Law Planning A: Aim: To investigate the resistance of different materials in the form of wirer, resistors and other materials. Hypothesis: The shape, the thickness, the length of the resistor and the material that makes up the resistor itself will affect the electric conduction capability (resistance). Electrons can create a current, so the more free electrons there are, the more conducting capability that material has that is why metals conduct. Materials with wider diameter have more free electrons because the surface area is bigger compared to length so more electrons are free per cm as example. So if a cable is bigger in diameter it should have less resistance. Resistance will also increase as the length of the wire increases because electrons will be slowed down while traveling. ...read more.

Middle

* Resistor Method: * Connect the wires to the circuit by the crocodile clips * Take the voltage and current readings from the meters * Increase/decrease the supply from the power pack and take the readings again * Repeat the experiment with different materials, wires, bulbs, resistors Results: Wire: Setting Volt Actual Volt Ampere Milliampere Resistance Ohms 2,00 1,80 0,100 100,00 18,00 4,00 3,50 0,200 200,00 17,50 6,00 5,50 0,300 300,00 18,33 8,00 7,50 0,420 420,00 17,86 10,00 9,30 0,520 520,00 17,88 12,00 11,40 0,600 600,00 19,00 Average: 18,10 ? Bulb (variable resistor used): Actual V Ampere Milliampere Resistance Ohms 1,40 0,12 120,00 11,67 1,70 0,14 140,00 12,14 1,80 0,14 140,00 12,86 2,60 0,15 150,00 17,33 3,50 0,16 160,00 21,88 4,40 0,18 180,00 24,44 5,50 0,28 280,00 19,64 7,50 0,32 320,00 23,44 Average: 17,92? ...read more.

Conclusion

Here the current and voltage are not proportional. The bulb obviously gets hotter and hotter. Since "resistance" is measured by the gradient of the graph, we have here an example where the resistance is increasing. But obviously we are dealing with "normal" resistors in this investigation, so the gradient of the graphs obtained should be the same throughout linear and the resistance should remain constant as the voltage/current is changed. Evaluation: * To get better results the following things should be done: * The power supply should be varied smoothly between 0-12V with 0.1V interval so more averaged results can be taken. * Temperature has to be absolute constant to create a fair test. Otherwise Ohms law will not apply. * Better quality equipments should be used. * More accurate Meters Philipp C. Protschka Page 1 of 6 1 May 2007 Physics Practical Last printed 12/3/2002 12:16 AM ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Electrical & Thermal Physics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Electrical & Thermal Physics essays

  1. Investigating Ohms law

    This is what Ohms law states that voltage and current are both proportional to each other, which shows that the metal wire obeys Ohms law. This is what I predicted will happen and so my hypothesis was proved correct.

  2. Investigating the effect of 'length' on the resistance of a wire

    doubling the number of collisions of electrons with metal atoms as well. This proves that my results support the prediction that I have made in the planning section. In graph No2 most of the points lie on the line of best fit which means that my results were considerably accurate.

  1. Investigating how temperature affects the resistance in a wire

    The reason I chose to do this is that the results do not look very accurate; therefore it would make sense to produce treadlines, which show the results cancelling out to some effect of the inaccurate results. If some of the results are inaccurate they must have error margins that

  2. Find The Internal Resistance Of A Power Supply

    the gradient of the plotted results would all be constant. But as you can see from graph 1 and graph 2 below, the internal resistance of the power supply ranges from 0.35? at minimum voltage setting of 2V to 0.45 ?

  1. To Investigate How the Resistance of the Light Dependent Resistor Depends On the Current ...

    As the resistance of the LDR is so small, we need a fixed resistor to maintain the resistance in the circuit. If not, the current in a resistor will be too big and cause too much current flow through the LDR and it will be broken.

  2. To investigate the factors which may affect the resistance of resistance putty.

    To calculate resistance, one needs to know the current reading (in Amperes) and the potential difference over the object we are trying to find the resistance of (measured in volts). To work out the resistance from these two values, the formula: - V = R (i.e. Potential Difference = Resistance)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work