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A Five Wire Junction

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1. Homework Statement

The information about the magnitudes of the current density and the diameters for wires 1, 2, 3, and 4 is given in the table. Some of the values are unknown.
Wire Current density (A/mm^2) Diameter (mm) Total Current (A)
1-------- 1.6 -------- 2.0 -------- ???
2 -------- ??? -------- 3.0 -------- 2.0
3 -------- 3.0 -------- 1.1 -------- ???
4 -------- 0.8 -------- ??? -------- 4.0

What is the current at the 5th wire?

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2. Homework Equations

I know you need to use the conservation of current, but I'm just not sure what formula to use.


3. The Attempt at a Solution
 
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study kirchhoff's junction law...
J = I/pi*r^2 ; pi = 3.14...
Hope this helps... good luck.
 
would I need to convert the current density and diameter to metres before calculations?
 
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ravi1611

it I5 is going to be-9.84
 
it I5 is going to be-9.84
Yep, that's the answer I got, just wasnt sure if it was right. Thanks.
 
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yes... always go meters for length unless otherwise specified!
and yess the answer is -9.9
 
in this case, I didnt convert; I just left it as it
 
That is because the diameter is in (mm) so is the current density :)
 
That is because the diameter is in (mm) so is the current density :)
Ah, good to know. I probably would have done this on the test without noticing. You probably saved me a few marks, Thanks.
 

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