Current Density and Electron Drift Speed

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Homework Statement


The current in a 1.5 mm X 1.5 mm square aluminum wire is 1.10 A. What are (a) the current density and (b) the electron drift speed?


Homework Equations


current density: J = I/A
drift speed Vd = J/ne


The Attempt at a Solution


It's asking for an answer in MA/m^2.. when I divide I(1.1) by A(2.25 x 10^-6) I get 488,888.889. I tried the answer 489 and 488 and it says it's incorrect. Also tried 488,889 just to make sure.. still incorrect. Any help would be appreciated?
 

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Homework Statement


The current in a 1.5 mm X 1.5 mm square aluminum wire is 1.10 A. What are (a) the current density and (b) the electron drift speed?


Homework Equations


current density: J = I/A
drift speed Vd = J/ne


The Attempt at a Solution


It's asking for an answer in MA/m^2.. when I divide I(1.1) by A(2.25 x 10^-6) I get 488,888.889. I tried the answer 489 and 488 and it says it's incorrect. Also tried 488,889 just to make sure.. still incorrect. Any help would be appreciated?

Welcome to the PF.

When you say you "tried 488,889", you mean 488.889, right? Your answer looks correct to me.
 
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If the answer should be in mA/m2, then use 1.10 A + 1.10×103 mA.

That would make your answer something like: 4.89×108 mA/m2.
 
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Thanks for your replies. But it says MA/m^2, not mA/m^2. and the answer I've shared here does not work.. any other suggestions?
 
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0.489 MA/m2
 
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so M is 10^6? ooh yea.. thanks!
 
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Ironic how a small thing like M vs. m can cause such a difficulty.
 
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Ironic how a small thing like M vs. m can cause such a difficulty.

Here are the difficulties of Physics

- Units
- Signs
- Wording of the question
- Conventions
 

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