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## Homework Statement

The inner diameter of a steel ring is 2.0000 cm, and the diameter of an aluminum

disk is 2.0100 cm. Both are at 430 degrees C. At what common temperature will the disk t

precisely into the hole in the steel ring?

alpha(Steel) = 1.3e-5

alpha(Al) = 1.9e-5

## Homework Equations

deltaL/Lo = alpha*deltaT

## The Attempt at a Solution

What I told myself is this: If these the steel is to fall through the aluminum ring, then the length of its diameter at the temperature of interest must equal the length of the ring's diameter. Therefore, we must solve for the length of each diameter at temperature T and set them equal to each other. Therefore:

deltaL(steel) = alpha(steel)*Lo(steel)*deltaT

Lfinal Steel = Lo(steel) + alpha(steel)*Lo(steel)*(T-430) <----Eq.1

deltaL(Al) = alpha(Al) * Lo(Al) * deltaT

Lfinal Al = Lo(Al) +alpha(steel)*Lo(Al)*(T-430)<------Eq.2

Setting Eq.1 and Eq.2 equal to each other, I solved for T.

The T I got was below absolute Zero... Now I intuitvtely know that the T must be less than 430 since the coefficient of expansion of Al is higher than Steel, and so it contracts faster. However, I do not see how I could get a value less than 0K...

Can someone please tell me where I am going wrong? Thank you very much