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Homework Help: Calculating resistance between two bolts connected to a metal plate

  1. Oct 25, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Given is a metal plate with two metal bolts attached to it, the attachement is assumed to be idealy conducting. A current I flows between the two bolts. Find a general formula for the Resistance between the two bolts (depending upon: a) the thickness of the plate (delta) b) the radius of the Bolt (r) c) the distance between the center-points of both bolts (l) d) and the specific conductivity of the metal that the plate is made of (kappa))

    Here is what it looks like:

    |aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa[COLOR="#black"][/COLOR]l [COLOR="#black"]aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa[/COLOR]|
    | aaaaa2r [COLOR="#black"]aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa[/COLOR]2r[COLOR="#black"]aaaaa|[/COLOR]

    Edit: ignore the white a's. i tried making them spaces, but the BB removed the spaces

    2. Relevant equations

    Here is the answer, but how do you get there:

    R = ln( 2(l-r)/ (2r) )/( pi * kappa * delta)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    the ln() must come from integrating one over circumference: 1/( r * 2 * pi) from (2r) to (2(l-r)) but why?

    Last edited: Oct 25, 2008
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