A measure of the rate at which electric charge is transported (especially through a circuit), it has units of charge/time.

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Do these symmetrical looking B field problems have the obvious answer?

I am struggling with two questions whose answers both appear to be trivially zero by symmetry arguments, when I was expecting more derivation to be required. Problem A), An infinitely long wire ...
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Finding current in the circuit 4 [on hold]

When switch is at position 1, current occur in circuit. After a while current increases and time=t, switch is at position 2. What is the current at time t?
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Interacting magnetic fields

Is there a reason why two magnetic fields perpendicular to each other do not interact? If they are parallel or at a non-90 degree angle they interact. Is it because magnetic field lines can be viwed ...
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Non-abelian current transformation

This is my firs post ever here and I just registered on this site but I want to say that this site has helped me a lot and you guys are great! On to the question: I have the equation of motion that ...
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Cryptic remark in physics revision guide

I am currently revising for my AP physics and I couldn't understand one of the end-of-section summary notes. It says: "Remember that the direction of magnetic field is from North to South, and that ...
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Which electrons in copper are involved in electric current flow?

That the bounded to the nucleus inner electrons are not involved seems clear to me. But how much of the electrons from the outer shells are involved? The last two shells are 3d10 and 4p1 (for nickel ...
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Graph of energy stored in capacitor?

Question: In an experiment a capacitor is discharged through a constant current. Draw a graph of how the energy stored in the capacitor varies with time. The answer given is: But I seemed to get a ...
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Does sending current upwards reduce the voltage?

I was thinking about relativistic situation of having a vertical wire on a neutron star or high-gravity environment and then say if I send current upwards (away from the ground) will the voltage be ...
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Current function of voltage, Taylor series

Why can the current as a function of voltage for any device be written as a taylor series? Is it because voltage can be written as V0 Cos wt and then I = V/R ? I'm confused on this.
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Is there an electric field in the direction of a uniform current?

In an infinite plane where uniform current is passing through,is there any electric field? Because i know that charge produces an electric field but in a uniform current and because it is an infinite ...
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Question on an unbalanced Wheatstone bridge

Let, P/Q = R/S in the usual sense of a Wheatstone bridge where PQRS are resistances. Then we know that the potential between midpoints of PQ and RS are equal and there's no potential difference ...
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What is the amount of charge density in a metal wire for the electron's which are involved in current flow?

According to the question Why is charge = nALe n is the charge density (number of electrons per unit volume). Which of the electrons in a metal wire are involved in current flow? Only the unbounded to ...
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At what distance is lightning dangerous for someone lying down?

My 8 yo child told me that they learned at school that they should lay down flat on the ground in case of lightning. I told him that the more correct position is crouching down with feet together, but ...
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How do the electrons know the route?

I've learnt in classroom that the requirements for electrical current to flow in a circuit are as follows: there must be a closed conducting path between negative and positive terminals there must ...
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Find magnitude of the net magnetic field at points A, B, and C between two parallel wires [closed]

I've been having a lot of problems with this problem. Been working on it for over to an hour and nothing. I've been using amphere's law but I think I'm getting r wrong, here's one of my most recent ...
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When I put 2 electrodes into a electrical conductive solution, does the volume of the solution around the electrodes have biological effect?

Media these days give me a common sense that it is able to hurt someone if they step on a wet floor with a electric cord dipped in, several movies have this scene.However, I wonder if I set up an ...
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How much charge per unit time passes with the Josephson current

I wonder how does the simple defintion of a current $I = \frac{dQ}{dt}$, i.e. charge per unit time which passes through some area, is applied to the Josephson effect. If I have a Josephson junction ...
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Resolution to a hotly debated question: Which is more dangerous to humans, amps or volts? [duplicate]

Many times I have heard many a self-reputed wise internet sage quote, " 'Tis the amps that kill.' I really don't think so, at least, I don't think that applies all the time. Shouldn't volts be just ...
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What is the voltage of an average carpet static shock? Can you make it lethal?

I think I heard somewhere that it was in the thousands of volts, but it had extremely, extremely low amps. Could you somehow transform the current to make it larger or something? Or does the equation ...
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Is electric current a scalar quantity?

According to the definition of a Scalar quantity that i have read in class 9 is that ''those quantities which has only magnitude but no direction is known as a scalar quantity''.....But in class 10 i ...
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How does the phase of an alternating current change when flowing through a multi-layered material?

I have questions regarding the properties of the alternating electrical current in the following imaginary experiment: There is an AC (sinusoidal wave with frequency $f = 5\ \mathrm{Hz}$). I would ...
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If we study an electric wire under Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), what will be the effect of the current on the microstructure or image?

If we study an electric wire under SEM, what will be the effect of the current on the microstructure or on the image obtained from SEM? I will elaborate it a bit more: if we change the current in ...
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self inductance basic example: meaning of current flow AFTER opening circuit

while studying self-inductiance, I got into a tricky point... Consider this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IVJaXO_0XA (minute 13.00). At this moment, opening of the R-L circuit is ...
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Wheatstone bridge intuition - and the potential divider

I am having trouble understanding the working of a Wheatstone bridge. I am looking for an intuitive understanding of the process. Basically, I would like to have the following questions answered: ...
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Induced-EMF in a parallel circuit, vs a series circuit?

I wanted to know the difference between the induced-EMF in a series circuit layout, vs a parallel circuit layout. In a series the current would stay the same,however, the induced-EMF would increase? ...
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Is there no electric field inside a conductor?

I came across this statement while studying electric currents and I am confused: "There is no electric field inside a conductor. Hence no current can flow through it". Is there a fallacy in this ...
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Magnetic field and electric field induce one another forever [duplicate]

A changing electric field produces magnetic field and vice versa. Does that mean that this process will carry on forever? Think of a circuit with a capacitor. The magnetic field due to the current at ...
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According to the Kirchhoff's law, what's the ratio between currents in output branches of a node?

How the current distribute in branches of a node in a circuit? Is it randomly? Can it be zero in an output branch when all branches have ~same physical features? For example, suppose the current as ...
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Drift velocity in Silicon wafer

I have been asked the following question in a problem sheet: A $100mm$ diameter, $0.5mm$ thick silicon wafer at room temperature has a charge carrier density of $1.5×10^{10} cm^{-3}$. A potential ...
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Why is it possible to define a potential difference in a wire that carries a steady current?

My book introduces $\nabla\times E = 0$ as the condition for an electrostatic field, which is what makes it possible to define a potential difference between two points. As far as my present ...
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Right hand rule confusion

I have a question that I am trying to figure out: Two long parallel wires placed side-by-side on a horizontal table carry identical size currents in opposite directions. The wire on your right ...
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How does Ohm's law relate to transferring energy?

Potential difference = Current x Resistance where Resistance is a constant. Walking through a circuit I have 1 battery, a wire and 2 components. I start of with 6 volts at the battery and after the ...
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If the Earth is a good conductor of electricity, why don't people get electrocuted every time they touch the Earth?

Since the Earth is a good conductor of electricity, is it safe to assume that any charge that flows down to the Earth must be redistributed into the Earth in and along all directions? Does this also ...
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Using a circuit to make a magnetic balance to weigh objects

I understand that this is a homework question, but I am learning about magnetic fields and things like that and this certainly wasn't covered in the material, so my question is more about the actual ...
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magnetic field due to current in a wire using Biot-Savart's law

I am learning about Biot-Savart's law to calculate the magnetic field due to the electric current in a wire. ...
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How does non-constant conductivity change surface charge on a wire?

Current density is equal to conductivity times electric field. Therefore flux through a cross section of a wire is equal to current over conductivity. Current has to be constant along a wire. This ...
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How does insulating footwear prevent an electric shock?

The reason I have always heard to explain the reduction of electric shock when we wear insulating footwear goes as follows: When electricity passes from our body to the ground, an electric circuit ...
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Ampere's law, do I include the electric field causing the current?

Let's say I have a long, straight wire with a time varying current, $I$ through it. Now if I take a circular Amperian path around this loop wire (and concentric with it) there is both a current $I$ ...
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Classical Hall effect when current has neutral charge

Suppose I have a current of both negative and positive charges(I know that there is also current from only negative and only positive charges,I'm not confused) along an infinite wire of square ...
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How is the current equation calculated from Ginzburg-Landau (GL) free energy?

In the Ginzburg-Landau theory, we can get the current expression from GL free energy: $$F = \int dV \left \{\alpha |\psi|^2 + \frac{\beta}{2}|\psi|^4 + \frac{1}{2m^*} \mid (\frac{\hbar}{i}\nabla - ...
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Plotting the Graph of $1/I$ on the Y axis against R What does this represent? [duplicate]

What does the gradient, the intercepts represent, what is the equation of my line, and how do I use this information to calculate emf?
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Graph of 1/Current on Y, and R on X axis. What does the intercept represent?

1/I on the Y axis, and Resistance on X. Gradient represents 1/V. Am I right in thinking that the intercept is representative of the Emf of the supply? As I believe the equation would be 1/I=R/V+C, ...
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Electric current $j^{\mu}$ in standard QED vs. scalar QED

The expression for the 4-current $j^{\mu}$ in standard QED is $$ e\bar{\Psi}\gamma^\mu\Psi $$ and $$ \frac{e}{2 i}(\psi^\dagger D^\mu \psi - (D^\mu \psi)^\dagger \psi) $$ in scalar QED. I ...
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Current flow in a copper wire

How does current flow in a copper wire? If it passes through the transfer of electrons, then why does a copper wire still exist, even after losing electrons which are the fundamental particles that ...
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How does the equation $1/I = r/E +R/E$ relate to $ y=mx+c$? [duplicate]

I have a graph of $1/$current against resistance, which is a straight line of positive gradient. I know that the gradient represents $1/V$ but I can't work out how the equation $1/I= r/E + R/E$ ...
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Why does potential drop exist?

I'm sorry that the question is likely to sound stupid but I just can't seem to be able to wrap my head around it. I think I am a bit comfortable with the mathematical idea of it but I still can't ...
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What does the gradient of a graph of 1/current against resistance graph represent?

I did an experiment to investigate how current varied with changing resistance and plotted my results on a graph of 1/current against resistance.The graph is a straight line showing $1/I$ to be ...
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Free charge density and current in an ohmic material

I have come across what seems a paradox -or at least an exotic conclusion- regarding current conduction in an ohmic material. It is well known that free charge density can only be zero on an ohmic ...
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Why can't I connection the anode of a battery to the cathode of an other battery and get a current flowing?

If I touch the anode of a battery or connect the anode the the cathode of an other battery, none (or rather: a very small current) flows between those two. If I instead connect the connect the anode ...
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Probability flux: spatial variation of the phase equal to momentum?

We can write any wave function as $$\psi(\vec x, t) = \sqrt{\rho(\vec x,t)}\exp{\left[\frac{iS(\vec x,t)}{\hbar}\right]}$$ for $S$ real and $\rho >0$. Here we interpret $\rho$ as the probability ...