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**1. Homework Statement**

Calculate how many conduction electrons pass through a given area per second when a current of 1A flows.

**2. Homework Equations**

Current density, j = i/A (i=current, A=cross sectional area)

Current desntiy, j = nevD (n=no of electrons per unit volume, e=charge on electron, vD=drift velocity)

**3. The Attempt at a Solution**

I've taken an element of volume of length vDt and cross-sect area, A. I've surmised then that the total number of electrons in that area will be

**N=nAvDt**.

All of those electrons will then cross a plane in 1 second, so i've equated j=i/A=nevD, and substituted n from the earlier (bold) equation - n=N/AvD. However, that produces a result of N=i/e=1/e ... doesn't look right! Help!!