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Drift velocity

  1. Jul 15, 2011 #1
    consider two wires of different diameter. when current enters from that of greater diameter to lesser diameter drift velocity increases. which force causes it to increase????
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  3. Jul 15, 2011 #2


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    it is really simple.
    we have,current(I) through a conductor of the crossectional area of A is the product of the drift velocity(v) of the moving charges ,the area(A) and number of electrons(n)*the charge of a electron(e).hence
    or, v=I/(enA)
    this relation shows that drift5 velocity is inversely proportional to the area of crosssection of the conductor.Hence if area decreases drift velocity increases.
  4. Jul 19, 2011 #3
    I don't think there's an external force involved, as it seems you have in mind, rather conservation of energy causes the drift velocity to increase, similar to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernoulli%27s_principle" [Broken] in fluid dynamics.
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