im stuck asks:
I'm really stuck on what to write for my method as I'm investigating the potenial difference and what happens to the resistance when it is increased, could you please help me?
The scientific knowledge you need is basically this:
Current is caused by the flow of electrons. Particles
in the wire impede the flow of electrons - this is what 'resistance' is. The
longer the wire is, the more particles the electrons have to pass through, so
the current is slowed down more, and the resistance will be higher.
Current is the flow of free electrons through a wire.
The atoms in the wire tend to block this flow.This is resistance. Various factors
affect the resistance.
Length of wire - the longer the wire is, the more collisions there are between
the eelctrons and the atoms - so resistance increases.
Thickness of a wire - thin wire means less spces for electrons to pass, so higher
Material of wire - wires of different densities will block more or less electrons
Temperature - the vibration of warm molecules makes them more likely to collide
with electrons, and resistance increases with temperature.
In general the resistance of a given length of conductor is inversely proportional
to its cross-sectional area.
Apart from the effect of temperature the only other factor that influences the
resistance is the nature of the material.
Resistance of a wire = length of wire multiplied by a constant for a given
material all divided by, Cross-sectional area
i.e. R = L/a × p ohms
where R is resistance, L is length of wire, a is cross-sectional area and p represents
It can therefore be seen that resistance increases with wire length.