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Homework Help: Two Wire Comparison

  1. Sep 28, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The diagram shows two wires; wire 1 and wire 2. The charge carriers in wire 1 (of circular cross section and radius R) have a drift speed down the wire that is not constant across the wire. Instead, the drift speed rises linearly from zero at the circumference (r=R) to at the center (r = 0), according to vd1(r)=Vo(1-(r/R)).The second wire (wire 2) has the same radius, the same density of charge carriers and a constant drift speed given by vd1(r)= fVo. Evaluate the ratio of the current carried by wire 2 to the current carried by wire 1, when f = 0.490.
    2. Relevant equations
    [tex] I=nqAV_{d}[/tex]

    [tex] \frac{qnAV_{d2}}{qnAV_{d1}}[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    So since q,n,A are the same they cancel leaving:
    [tex]\frac{I_{2}}{I_{1}}= \frac{V_{d2}}{V_{d1}}[/tex]
    I need to find vd now.

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    Last edited: Sep 28, 2007
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  3. Sep 28, 2007 #2
    To find current in first wire you need to integrate. Sice speed is constant at fixed r you should write: [tex] dI=nqv(r)2\pi rdr [/tex] and then integrate.

    Hope you understand why, else ask.
  4. Sep 29, 2007 #3
    got it thanks. Yes I know why
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