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resistance and temp

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by twesting2173, Aug 16, 2002.

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  1. twesting2173

    twesting2173 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    does resistance of a resistor increase or decrease with an increase in temp?
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  3. holla

    holla Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    it increases
  4. Khiladi

    Khiladi Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    New York
    to add to the above:

    Resistance also decreases if you add resistors in parallel because you are increasing the cross sec area.

    If you add them in series resistance increases.

    I wish we get a circuit passage:D
  5. Sonya

    Sonya Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    It usually increases.

    There are some materials, for which it decreases. It depen ds of a coefficient, called "alpha" (okay, abreviated alpha, i don't remember the constant name, it's some sort of t emperature coeff I think).

  6. Jonkst

    Jonkst Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2002
    I know that resistance increases, but does anyone know why? I mean, there should be more electrons in the conduction band, especially for a semiconductor...
  7. Neuronix

    Neuronix Total nerd Administrator Physician PhD Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2002
    the beach
    This website states it more eloquantly than I can:
    "Metals:In a metal, the valence electrons are thought of as being shared by all the positive ions. Therefore, the electrons are free to move throughout the crystalline lattice. The electrons move randomly throughout the crystal, until an electric field is applied to the material. Then the electric field forces the electrons to move in a direction opposite to the field. Actually, the electrons still move somewhat randomly, but with a superimposed "drift". This produces current. As the temperature increases, the positive ions in the crystal vibrate more, and more collisions occur between the valence electrons and the vibrating ions. These collisions hinder the "drift" motion of the valence electrons, thus reducing the current. In summary, for a metal, an increase in temperature causes an increase in resistance."
  8. Sonya

    Sonya Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    hmm, this might be repeating what neuronix quoted..

    But here's what i'd assume the reason:

    Resistance is caused by electrons hitting the particles (atoms). At a higher temperature, the atoms are moving about more, so they will collide with the electrons more, thus creating a higher resistance.

  9. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    slectrons smash together to move through a think wire. They keep bumping into each other generating heat. The higher the temperature, the lower conductuctivty is.

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