To Investigate the Variation of the Resistance of a Metallic Conductor with Temperature
One of the factors that affects the electrical resistance of a metal is the temperature of the metal. In this experiment a length of wire, wound on a solid former,
is connected to an ohmmeter to measure its resistance. The temperature of the wire is then slowly incresed by placing it in a test tube of
glycerol which is, in turn, placed in a beaker of water which is heated with a laboratory heater. The water is heated slowly and resistance
readings are taken at a number of different steady temperatures.
Record the starting temperature and the resistance reading in a table.
Press "Heater On".
After a rise of approx. 8 degrees press "Heater Off". Wait until the temperature stops rising. Record the temperature and resistance values.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have recorded at least six sets of readings..
To repeat the experiment press "Reset" and repeat the steps described above.
Check for the resistance of the connecting leads and contacts on the ohmmeter. Subtract from later readings.
Heat very slowly to try to maintain thermal equilibrium between the water and glycerol and coil. When the heater is switched off
wait until the temperature is steady before taking the resistance readings.
Use glycerol in the test tube as it is a better heat conductor than water.