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What is meant by drift velocity

Conceptual Physics | 12th Edition | ISBN: 9780321909107 | Authors: Paul G. Hewitt ISBN: 9780321909107 29

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Problem 20RQ

What is meant by ?drift velocity?

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Solution 20RQ When an electric field is applied to a conductor, the electrons in the conductor start to move in a direction opposite to that of the applied field. The movement of the electrons is quite random, but there is an overall drift of the electrons from a region of low electric potential to high electric potential. The average velocity with which the electrons move toward the high electric potential is known as drift velocity.

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Textbook: Conceptual Physics
Edition: 12
Author: Paul G. Hewitt
ISBN: 9780321909107

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