Al Tobias (wat4y) - Office: Gibson S123 & Physics 218, (434) 924-0538
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Temperature Effects on Resistivity
Purpose:To demonstrate the effects of low temperature on the resistance of copper, niobium, and carbon resistors.
Procedure:Measure the resistance of each element at room temperature, then immerse the probe in the liquid nitrogen. With the meter connected, the change in resistance can be observed.
Hints:Remember if resistivity is parametrized as
carbon has negative a and the resistance increases with lowering of the temperature. Niobium shows very mild decrease of the resistance compared to the copper.