# Microscopic Ohm's Law

by ed2288
Tags: conductivity, field, microscopic, ohm's law
 P: 25 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Explain the terms used in the microscopic version of Ohm's Law 2. Relevant equations j=oE 3. The attempt at a solution Well I know what we have here is the current density within a conductor is equal to its conductivity multiplied by an 'E-field'. But what is this E-field? Is it an external field that acts upon the wire? But if this is the case will the electrons in the conductor not just move in a few microseconds to go back into equilibrium meaning j=0. You could act on it with an varying field but then how would the calculation work out? Or is E the field inside the conductor caused by the current density? Thanks
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 Quote by ed2288 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Explain the terms used in the microscopic version of Ohm's Law 2. Relevant equations j=oE 3. The attempt at a solution Well I know what we have here is the current density within a conductor is equal to its conductivity multiplied by an 'E-field'. But what is this E-field? Is it an external field that acts upon the wire? But if this is the case will the electrons in the conductor not just move in a few microseconds to go back into equilibrium meaning j=0. You could act on it with an varying field but then how would the calculation work out? Or is E the field inside the conductor caused by the current density? Thanks
Maybe this helps?
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu...ic/ohmmic.html
 P: 25 Hmmm I guess I've spent so long doing electrostatics that I'm struggling a bit with the intuition of currents. So from the link above, am I right in thinking the E field is from within the wire caused by a potential difference from a power source?

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