# Electric current

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by akifnadeem, Oct 28, 2010.

Apr 9, 2010
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if there is a wire comprising of two parts of different cross sectional area and of same material, would current remain same in this wire?? let say A1 = 5m,A2=7m
are two areas of a single wire. let say we provide the current of 5A, wud it b same in the wire..??

2. ### thatoneguy AAC Fanatic!

Feb 19, 2009
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Theoretically, yes.

Depending on resistance of wire, the load may see less voltage, overall drawing a bit less current. Hence the use of heavier gauge wires for long runs that will be carrying high current.

A Heavy wire spliced to a smaller wire will still carry a good deal of current, but the smaller wire will create a voltage drop, dissipating the energy as heat.

3. ### DonQ Active Member

May 6, 2009
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Didn't say if the two different wires are in series or parallel! Very different answers.

Also, saying that an area is 5m has the wrong units. Is the radius/diameter 5m or is the area 5 m^2 ?

4. ### thatoneguy AAC Fanatic!

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Good point. If the two wires are run parallel, they will each carry a portion of the current, the one with the lowest resistance carrying the majority, the balance in the other.

The units didn't seem correct to me, either, so I ignored them as a typo, which could have been a mistake to understand the actual question.