Homework Help: Current = I = nqAv

1. Jan 11, 2005

Yapper

Current = I = nqAv, HELP

I found this formula for current, I, know A is area, but I dont know what nq and v are... Can anyone help me?

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2. Jan 11, 2005

vincentchan

v=speed of electron
n= number of FREE electron per unit volume
q= charge of electron
A= cross section area

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3. Jan 12, 2005

Yapper

oohhhhh ok, q is a constant, makes sense... Thanks alot. V varies with the material its flowing through? And how do u calculate n??

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4. Jan 12, 2005

da_willem

You can try to find out the density of lattice ions, and multiply this by the number of conduction electrons they supply. In case of a solid you could look up the lattice spacing and how many atoms are in it. Or you could use the mass density and their molar masses.

5. Jan 12, 2005

vincentchan

what grade r u in? this should be easy if you have taken some very basic chemistry course....look up the density of the meterial, also the mass of atom......you can easily find out the number of atom per unit volume from the information above.... then multiply by the number of free electron per atom...

6. Jan 12, 2005

Yapper

ok, thanks for the help. I had forgotten what was meant by free. But i got it now, thanks

7. Jan 12, 2005

poolwin2001

v is the drift velocity of the electron.i.e the velocity acquired by the electron due to thermal energy.