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    The diagram below shows the cross–section of a cable consisting of parallel filaments that
    can be made superconducting, embedded in a cylinder of copper
    State and explain what happens to the resistance of the cable when the embedded filaments of wire are made superconducting.

    One of the solutions is: Copper still has resistance but it is in parallel with filaments with zero resistance so total resistance is zero...
    This didn't make sense to me.. I thought superconductivity meant there was no resistance in the actual material so why does copper still have resistance. and also if its in parallel then why does that mean that its overal resistance is zero :/
    thanks
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    The diagram below shows the cross–section of a cable consisting of parallel filaments thatcan be made superconducting, embedded in a cylinder of copperState and explain what happens to the resistance of the cable when the embedded filaments of wire are made superconducting.One of the solutions is: Copper still has resistance but it is in parallel with filaments with zero resistance so total resistance is zero...This didn't make sense to me.. I thought superconductivity meant there was no resistance in the actual material so why does copper still have resistance. and also if its in parallel then why does that mean that its overal resistance is zero :/thanks
    How do we calculate total resistance in a parallel circuit?
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    (Original post by an_atheist)
    How do we calculate total resistance in a parallel circuit?
    1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3 etc.. which would make the resistance zero.. but apparently the copper still has resistance :/
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    Superconducting materials in their superconductor states have 0 resistance whether in parallel or in series. In this scenario the copper and the superconductor are connected in parallel so the current has two options, going down the zero resistance path or going down the resistance path (copper) or both. In total the resistance is the resistance of the copper but the circuit behaves as though it has no resistance because the current flows through the superconductor not the copper. In this scenario the copper has essentially been cut out of the circuit.

    The key thing here is that the copper isn't superconducting, so it's the higher resistance route.
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    (Original post by Peroxidation)
    Superconducting materials in their superconductor states have 0 resistance whether in parallel or in series. In this scenario the copper and the superconductor are connected in parallel so the current has two options, going down the zero resistance path or going down the resistance path (copper) or both. In total the resistance is the resistance of the copper but the circuit behaves as though it has no resistance because the current flows through the superconductor not the copper. In this scenario the copper has essentially been cut out of the circuit.

    The key thing here is that the copper isn't superconducting, so it's the higher resistance route.
    Ah, that's brilliant.. thanks!
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    It takes the path of least resistance. Literally
 
 
 
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