Resistivity Experiment

Product Code: EX-5534


Discover the relationship between the resistance of a wire and its length, diameter, and the resistivity of the metal.

The current is measured directly by the 850 Universal Interface, and the voltage drop over the selected section of wire is measured by the Voltage Sensor. This allows easy calculation of the resistance of the length of wire. The resistance is plotted vs. the length of the wire, and the slope of the resulting straight line is used to determine the resistivity.

Using wires of the same diameter made of different materials allows examination of the effect of resistivity. Using brass wires with various diameters allows examination of the effect diameter has on resistance.

PASCO Advantage: The Resistance Apparatus has a slide-wire probe to easily change the measured length of the wire. It utilizes a four-wire hook-up to accurately measure the voltage drop.

The 850 Universal Interface Power Amplifier makes it possible to scan the voltages, allowing more time to examine wires made of different metals and with different diameters.


  • Relate resistance to wire length
  • Determine resistivity of different materials


Resistivity Experiment


Software Required

This product requires PASCO software for data collection and analysis. We recommend the following option(s). For more information on which is right for your classroom, see our Software Comparison: SPARKvue vs. Capstone »

Interface Required

This product requires a PASCO Interface to connect to your computer or device. We recommend the following option(s). For a breakdown of features, capabilities, and additional options, see our Interface Comparison Guide »

Required Accessories:

1x Micrometer

Support Documents

Resistivity Apparatus Manual

Voltage Probe Manual

Manual Downloads

Product Manuals for the Included Products

Resistivity Apparatus Manual (EM-8812)
(506 KB – .pdf – English)
Experiment File
(6.2 MB – .zip – English)