If the cross-section of a wire of fixed length is doubled, how does the resistance of that wire change?

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double the cross sectional area, and the resistance is cut in half.

But you said just "cross-section", which could mean diameter.

Double the diameter and the area goes up by 4, which means the resistance goes down by 4.


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  • nozar nazari answered 6 years ago
    R1=(ro)XL/A,R2=(ro)XL/2A,then R2/R1=(ro)XL/2A / (ro)XL/A=1/2,
    so the resistance will be halved

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  • frogger20027 answered 6 years ago
    Resistance is directly related to the cross-sectional area of a wire, so for each scenario you gave, the effect for resistance should be the same.
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