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Path of current functional

  1. Nov 19, 2012 #1
    Current follows the path of least resistance or shortest path. I just want to prove this or rather reproduce it using calculus of variations. I just want to show it in a fancy way. I want help to form the FUNCTIONAL for it.
    Useful equations:
    Where v is drift velocity

    Any suggestion (may be using different equations and parameters)?
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  3. Nov 19, 2012 #2


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    The current does not actually take the path of least resistance. It takes all available paths. In general:

    [tex]J = \sigma E[/tex]

    Where J is current density, E is electric field, and σ is the electrical conductivity.
  4. Nov 19, 2012 #3
    It prefers path of least resistance. Or it maximum current follows the path of least resistance upon division at a point.
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