A silver wire has a resistance of 2.1 Ω at 27.5°C, and a resistance of 2.7 Ω at 100°C. Determine the temperature coefficient of resistivity of silver.
Temperature, T1 = 27.5°C
Resistance of the silver wire at T1, R1 = 2.1 Ω
Temperature, T2 = 100°C
Resistance of the silver wire at T2, R2 = 2.7 Ω
Temperature coefficient of silver = α
It is related with temperature and resistance as
α = `("R"_2 - "R"_1)/("R"_2("T"_2 - "T"_1))`
= `(2.7 - 2.1)/(2.1(100 - 27.5))`
Therefore, the temperature coefficient of silver is 0.0039°C−1.
Concept: Resistivity of Various Materials
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