Resistors At Ln Temperature

Purpose

To illustrate materials with both positive and negative temperature coefficients of resistivity.
 

Equipment

Copper and carbon resistors, liquid nitrogen, digital meter, video camera with monitor.

 

Setup Time

10 min.
 

    Images

    k5-35

    Description

    Approiximately equal copper and carbon resistors are mounted on plastic mount which can be inserted into liquid nitrogen. When cooled from room temperature to the temperature of liquid nitrogen the resistance of the copper resistor decreases from 15.8 ohms to 2.3 ohms, while the resistance of the carbon resistor increases from 16.0 to 19.7 ohms.