Resistivity

Regarding electric current, the density of electric current has been discussed, so also the electric field has been explained in-topic about the electric field. The electric field and electric current are in a conductor if there is a potential difference in the conductor, whereas if there is no potential difference, then there is also no electric field and electric current.

In almost all metal conductors, the electric field is directly proportional to the density of the electric current, where the ratio of the electric field to the density of the electric current is constant. The value of the comparison of the electric field to current density is called resistivity. Mathematically, the relationship between the electric field, current density, and resistivity is stated in the equation:

ρ = E / J

ρ = resistivity, E = electric field, J = current density

One of the electric field formulas is E = V/d where V = electric potential difference = electric voltage and d = distance so that the electric field unit is Volt/meter (V/m). The formula of current density is J = I/A where I = electric current and A = cross-sectional area of ​​the conductor, so the unit of current density is Ampere/meter squared (A/m2). The equation of the resistivity is ρ = E/J so that the resistivity unit is V/m : A/m2 = V/m x m2 / A = V/A (m) = Ω m (read: Ohmmeter). Ω = Volt / Ampere is a unit of electrical resistance.

The biggest resistivity value is owned by electrical insulators or, while the smallest resistivity is owned by a good electrical conductor. The better a conductor delivers an electric current, the smaller the resistance of the type of conductor. The order of metal conductors having the largest to smallest resistivity is tin, steel, aluminum, gold, copper, silver. So, it can be concluded that the resistance value of an object states a measure of the object’s ability to inhibit an electric current.

A good conductor and obeying Ohm’s law, at a certain temperature, the resistivity value does not depend on the electric field, meaning that if the electric field changes the value of the resistivity does not change. Conversely, for conductors that do not comply with Ohm’s law, the resistivity value depends on the electric field, meaning that if the magnitude of the electric field changes then the R-value also changes.

The resistivity of the metal conductor depends on the temperature. If the metal temperature increases, the resistivity of metal increases, whereas if the metal temperature decreases, the resistivity of metal decreases. As temperature increases, atoms move faster and are arranged irregularly so that they block the movement of electrons, causing the flow of electrons to be slower. When the temperature decreases, the atoms move slowly and are arranged more regularly so that the electron flow is smoother.

The opposite of resistivity is conductivity. Mathematically, the relationship between resistivity and conductivity is stated through the equation:

σ = 1/ρ

σ = conductivity of conductor, ρ = resistivity.