An aluminum “12 gauge” wire has a diameter d of 0.205 centimeters. The resistivity rho of aluminum is 2.75 X 10^-8 ohm-meters. The electric field in the wire changes with time as E(t)=0.0004t^2 – 0.0001t + 0.0004 newtons per coulomb, where time is measured in seconds.

Find the current I through the conductor at time 5.0 seconds.

I got the answer for this part..its 1.2 A

Find the charge Q passing through a cross-section of the conductor between time 0 seconds and time 5 seconds

i cant seem to get this part right

• You have to find an expression for the current as a function of time. You Know that current is a measure of the rate at which charge passes through a wire’s area, basically I = dQ/dt, taking this you can develop an expression for Q = ∫ I(t)*dt. From doing the first part, you must have gotten the an expression where I = EA/p? Assuming you did, you can plug that in for I, and solve taking the antiderivative.

Q = ∫ I(t)*dt = ∫ E*A/p, where A/p is a constant allowing you to pull it ouside the integral

Q = A/p ∫E, once u get to this point, you take the antiderivative of E

Q = ((pi*r^2)/p) (E antiderivative)

Q = ((3.14*0.001025^2)/(2.75 X 10^-8)) * (0.0004t^3/3 – 0.0001t^2/2 +0.0004t)

Q = 120 * [(0.0004t^3/3 – 0.0001t^2/2 +0.0004t)] where t=5

Q = 2.09 C