Resistance would decrease.
Maybe you didn't understand the question. If a conductor four inches long and one inch in diameter had a
resistance of 8 ohms and we stretched it out to 8 inches, it would be longer. Since the resistance varies directly
with the length and we increased the length, the resistance would have to increase. Also, if we stretched it out, its
diameter would decrease from one inch down to 1/2 inch. Since the resistance varies inversely to its cross-
sectional area and we made the cross-sectional area smaller, we would cause the resistance to become greater or
increase. Now go back to Page 1-2A and choose another answer.
To provide a path for the electrons to travel around the circuit.
Outstanding. You're doing fine. Now we know some of the more common types of materials that make
good conductors, such as gold, silver, copper, and aluminum, and the purpose of a conductor. But don't get
carried away with that "good" conductors. There is no such animal as a perfect conductor. All materials offer
some opposition to electron (current) flow. This opposition to current flow is called resistance. Or, stated the
other way, resistance is the opposition offered to the flow of electrons. The unit of measurement for resistance is
the OHM, which is represented by the Greek letter OMEGA, written . In other words, 1 of resistance is equal
to 1 Volt of potential divided by 1 Amp of current: 1 = 1V
Now, which of the following statements is true?
Resistance is a measure of the amount of
current flow in a conductor.
Resistance is the opposition to current
flow in a conductor.