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Homework Help: How many appliances will melt aluminum wire?

  1. Jun 19, 2010 #1
    so i have to do a independent lab for physics which determines how many appliances will melt aluminum wire when in a circuit.

    i'm having trouble getting started with how to set everything up, does anyone know how i should go about it?
     
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  3. Jun 20, 2010 #2

    Doc Al

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    Presumably the appliances are connected in parallel? How does each added appliance affect the total current drawn?
     
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  4. Jun 20, 2010 #3
    One appliance will do it if the aluminum wire is thin enough.
     
  5. Jun 20, 2010 #4
    yes, it would be connected in a parallel circuit.
    wouldn't the current needed for each appliance add up to the total current needed (I=I1+I2+I3...)? so you would just need to find the current needed to melt a certain thickness of wire?
     
  6. Jun 20, 2010 #5

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    That sounds reasonable to me.
     
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