Problem: a) Explain the distinction between an ohmic and non-ohmic material, in terms of how the current and resistance behave as the voltage difference across the material is changed.b) Now, imagine a single-loop circuit with a battery, two wires, and a 10 Ohm resistor. The wires are also ohmic, but with a resistance much smaller than the 10 Ohm resistor. Despite the disparity in resistance, the current in the wire is the same as that through the resistor since they are in series. Using Ohm's Law, explain how this uniformity in current relates to (or arises from) the individual potential differences across the wire and resistor.

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Ohmic materials are materials that obey Ohm's law: show linear relationship between the current and the voltage, and their resistances do not change with the variation in voltage. 

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a) Explain the distinction between an ohmic and non-ohmic material, in terms of how the current and resistance behave as the voltage difference across the material is changed.

b) Now, imagine a single-loop circuit with a battery, two wires, and a 10 Ohm resistor. The wires are also ohmic, but with a resistance much smaller than the 10 Ohm resistor. Despite the disparity in resistance, the current in the wire is the same as that through the resistor since they are in series. Using Ohm's Law, explain how this uniformity in current relates to (or arises from) the individual potential differences across the wire and resistor.

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