Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 23 - Think and Explain: 94

Answer

When the switch is closed, the electric field in the wire and the current are established at nearly the speed of light. This speed is not the same as the drift velocity of the conduction electrons.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on pages 438-439.
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