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Resistance of a wire investigation

Posted: May 22, 2015

Students in Year 11 Science have been exploring the factors that affect the resistance of a conducting nichrome wire. Resistors are put into electrical circuits to control the flow of current within the components of an electrical appliance. Sometimes a resistor with a particular value of resistance has to be made. For example, in order to give the right amount of heat, the heating element of a kettle must have just the right value of resistance. Students investigated how the length, diameter, or temperature, of this wire affected its resistance to current when connected in circuit with a power source.