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Aim: To investigate the resistance of the 3 different types of wires, constantan, copper and nichrome, by using 1 set of circuit.

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Investigating resistance



To investigate the resistance of the 3 different types of wires, constantan, copper and nichrome, by using 1 set of circuit.



A metal alloy made of 45 percent Nickel and 55 percent Copper. Constantan wire is used chiefly in electrical instruments and other equipment, which can take advantage of its unusual physical property, which is that, even over wide variations in operating temperature, its electrical resistance stays at an almost constant value. The melting point is 1221 to 1300 °C. Has low conductivity.


Wire commonly made from copper by drawing from a hot-rolled rod without annealing; however, the smaller sizes may involve intermediate anneals. Melting point is 1084.62 °C. Has high conductivity.


A nickel-chromium alloys with high electrical resistance and an ability to withstand high temperatures; used for resistance heating elements.

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Take experiment in same temperature condition

Because these affect to wires and changes the original resistance

Material used in Circuit

Use all the same materials

Because condition will be changed and changes the data


Power pack

Constantan wire

Copper wire

Nichrome wire

Standard wire

Crocodile clip




-   Ensure no water around because they are conductor and charges electricity

  • Be careful with wire getting burned due to high voltages
  • Be careful with wire heating up
  • Watch out on sparks occurred when using crocodile clip


  1. Connect up a series circuit
  2. Attach an ammeter with a gap between two wire with crocodile clip
  3. Attach wires in the circuit
  4. Connect voltmeter in parallel to wires
  5. Let the current go through
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Our data is reliable because we had 2 trials to ensure our results. No anomalous data were occurred in our experiment. However, it could have be occurred by setting the circuit wrongly for example connecting ammeter/voltmeter in parallel/ series or connecting negative and positive opposite. This topic is all related to environments because the wire we used are from natural resources and we were investigating resistance of them.

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