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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Optimal method for solving circuit

This problem seems quite simple, and I can easily find a way to solve it but the possibility of error in my method is extremely high. This is just a sub-task of a bigger task but this is the only part ...
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If I charge a battery using a much higher amperage, can it explode?

If I have a 12V 4Ah lead acid battery and use a battery charger that, let's say for example, can charge 10A, 50A, or 100A. If I theoretically turned it to 100A will the battery explode? I understand ...
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Electric warning signs question

I've always wandered why do the warning signs show the voltage, not the current. I mean, it's the current that kills you.
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Speed of electrons in resistors

What affects the speed of electrons in a resistor? If two resistors are connected in series, they both have the same current; same number of electrons passing at a point per second. Suppose one ...
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Why is current a scalar quantity?

Current has both magnitude and direction. As per the definition of vector defined in encyclopedia, current should be a vector quantity. But, we know that current is a scalar quantity. What is the ...
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Child-Langmuir Space Charge Law for Non-Zero Cathode Potential (Non-Zero Initial Electron Velocity)

I'm trying to reconcile some conflicting results that I've found in publications that address the idea of the current in a vacuum diode in the case where the cathode has a non-zero potential, in other ...
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Which derivation of drift velocity is correct?

In the derivation of drift velocity I have seen two variations and want to know which one's correct. $s=ut+\frac{at^2}{2}$ Assume that the drift velocity of any electron in any conductor is : ...
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Could someone intuitively explain to me Ohm's law?

Could someone intuitively explain to me Ohm's law? I understand what voltage is and how it is the electric potential energy and that it is the integral of the electric field strength etc. I also ...
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Magnetic Wire Doesn't conduct Electricity

I recently bought a 22 and 30 gauge loop of magnetic wire from radio-shack. The loops of wire were colored differently (if this makes any difference) and on the package it noted how these wires were ...
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Drift Speed and Current in Two Different Inertial Frames

We have a long, cylindrical wire carrying a constant current I in an inertial frame. At a distance of R from the center of the wire, the magnitude of magnetic field is $μI/2πR$. What is the magnitude ...
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Spherical Magnet Inside a Solenoid

When passing a bar magnet through a long solenoid why is it that the induced emf when the magnet is in the middle of the solenoid is zero? And if a spherical magnet is put inside the solenoid, will ...
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How does a magnetic field “push” charges?

I was under the assumption that a magnetic field acts similar to that of the normal force in mechanics; both affect the path of the object, but do no work. So now suppose that we have a rectangular ...
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Combination of cells

There are m*n identical cells of emf E and internal resistance r connected in parallel rows. This combination of cells is connected across an external resistance R. For what arrangement of the ...
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(Capacitance of a battery?) Finding the charge accumulated on a rod

We all know the expression for the potential difference across a conducting rod moving through a region with a uniform magnetic field: $\epsilon = B l v$ Now my question is different. Is it ...
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Relation between Power, Voltage and Current when one or more of them is amplified?

Power(P) = Voltage(V) * Current(I) If voltage or current is amplified or multiplied what happens to power and current. Does this affect in increase or decrease in power and current values or does ...
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Defining Reference Directions for Voltage and Power (sign convention)

My professor decided to use the above reference directions when calculating power in circuits. He says that when power > 0, power is consumed. When p < 0, power is generated. This definition is ...
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Why does vaccum have a nonzero characteristic impedance towards electromagnetic radiation

OK, so the characteristic impedance is calculated "as square root of the ratio of the permeability of free space (µ o ) in henrys per meter ( H/m ) to the permittivity of free space ( o ) in farads ...
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Why does the current stay the same in a circuit?

I was informed that in a circuit, the current will stay the same, and this is why the lightbulbs will light up (because in order for the current to stay the same, the drift speed of the electrons need ...
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Ampere's law of circular path when “bulging” out

The picture shows a use of Ampere's law. A circular path is chosen. $$\oint \vec B \bullet \mathrm{d}\vec l=\mu_0 I_{encl}$$ When using Ampere's law we are talking about the current enclosed. That ...
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Does current flow if the current density $J=\sigma f=0$?

A current density $J$ is proportional to the force per unit charge and is of the form $J=\sigma f$. In cases of a conductor where $\sigma=\infty$ and hence $f=0$, is it that current is moving so ...
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Is charge 'localization' implicit in the idea of current?

If it was possible for charge to assume arbitrary densities, like we often see electrostatic exercises, and one could spread charge density uniformly over a ring, then how one would, theoretically, ...
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Why is emf equal to PD when circuit is “open”?

I understand that the set up of a battery consists of very good, but not ideal conductor, and therefore, some internal resistance exists. Also, I get that emf is the PD that would exist if the ...
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Why are charging times so long for Lithium-ion batteries?

Why do rechargeable batteries (e.g., mobile phone batteries) need sometimes several hours to be fully charged? In other words, what are the physical constraints that don't allow me to charge my iPhone ...
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Time domain reflectometry (TDR) used on conductive “block”, not wire

What would happen if you tried to use time domain reflectometry (TDR) on a conductive block, opposed to a wire? Using electrodes or something. If you could describe the physical behavior of the ...
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What is Conductance?

What is conductance? I am being said that conductance is inverse of resistance?I do know that resistance is the opposition to the flow of current but do not get conductance? I do know that:it is ...
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Li-ion Battery charging

Why are constant current mode and constant voltage mode needed when charging Li-ion batteries? Why do we apply saturation charge even after the cell voltage reaches 4.2V? What exactly is 'I-sense' in ...
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Why Voltage Drop is not Influenced by Resistor Value?

To my understanding, if a resistor reduces the potential energy of the current across it, then the current that leaves the resistor will have less potential energy and thus, less pressure or voltage. ...
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Does the 'mAh' rating of a battery have something to do with its power?

I'm curious about the 'mAh' of a battery: how can this impact the power of the battery? I've done some research on the internet, and most of the articles I found explain about the 'amount of charge ...
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Mean-free-time between collisions and drift-velocity

In a physics text book I need help to make sense of the part highlighted in yellow: This is out of context of course, so just to make it clearer: $\tau$ is the mean free time of the electrons in a ...
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What is the equivalent of the “amount of fuel” for a battery?

I am trying to make a performance diagram of an electrical powered device vs range, speed, etc. I want to compare it using the equivalent of fuel for a battery? I am not sure if it is just voltage... ...
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Drift velocity of charges in current

In an electric curcuit, charges (electrons e.g.) move randomly around very, very fast. When a current is set in a curcuit, the charges still move randomly, but have a drift velocity around the ...
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Why Two Equal Resistors Cut Voltage in Half?

I've been reading several books on electronics, one of them called "Electronics All-In-One For Dummies - D. Lowe (Wiley, 2012) BBS". It states that if two resistors of the same value, no matter the ...
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Current in a fluorescent tube that is not in a circuit

In Walter Lewin's 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism course, he places a fluorescent tube pointing radially outwards from a large Van der Graaf (VDG) generator. Due to the VDG's E-field, this causes a ...
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does a coil generate emf if field passes near and not trough it?

So I was visiting this insctructable safety light for bikes which takes advantage of magnetic induction to get current and power some 2V red LEDs. How does it work if no magnetic field gets trough ...
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Is it possible to have both a conduction current and a displacement current at the same time?

According to Ampere's law, is it possible to have both a conduction current and a displacement current at the same time? In the classical derivation of the displacement current using a parallel plate ...
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Trying to show that the current is conserved

$ \newcommand{\p}{\partial} $ I am trying to show that the current $J^{\mu} = (\gamma_{\nu}\partial^{\nu} \phi - m\phi)\gamma^{\mu}\psi$ is conserved for all fields that satisfy the Klein-Gordon and ...
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Influence of a Capacitance Matrix of a voltage measurment

I am having a problem in understanding how in a multiconductor system the Capacitance Matrix influences the measure of voltage between two electrodes. In the case that interest me we have 4 ...
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Can a current carrying loop or wire produces no magnetic field?

A current carrying wire produces magnetic field around it. We can find the direction by Fleming's Right hand rule. We know change in electric filed produces magnetic field and change on magnetic field ...
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Current without Voltage and Voltage without Current?

At school I've always learned that you can view Current and Voltage like this: The current is the flow of charge per second and the Voltage is how badly the current 'wants' to flow. But I'm having ...
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Whats the point in conserving electricity if the AC current produced cannot be stored?

If we cannot save the ac current produced in a battery or some device like the DC current there is no point in conserving it because current once produced should be consumed somehow!!
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There must be free positive charges, moving oppositely to electrons for the wire with current to stay neutral

All popular expositions (e.g. these ones) of relativistic electromagnetism claim univocally that electrons in motion become more dense due to the speed. They teach that Lorentz contraction of charges ...
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Why current through all the resistors in series is considered to be same? [duplicate]

Consider the circuit shown, where $R_{1} > R_{2}$. I meant to say that resistance offered by the resistor 1 is greater than the resistance offered by the resistor 2. Keep $t$ constant i,e ...
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Formula for Magnetic field due to current loop

I need expressions for $B$ field off the axis due to current loop. The ones I came across on the internet aren't very convincing. I verified them with Mathematica, and none seems to be correct. I'm ...
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Adding Current for Multiple Loads Connected to One Battery [closed]

When connecting multiple loads to a single battery, how can one calculate the total current output of the battery? Is it possible to simply add the current across all loads, or is the current of the ...
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Is Magnetism and Electromagnetism the Same Thing?

I keep hearing everywhere that magnetism and electromagnetism are different but is seems to me that when a current is moving and it creates a "magnetic field", it is just electrons repulsing other ...
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How are band gap energy, dielectric constant (permittivity) and resistance related to each other?

The following three properties are related to current flow: Band gap energy Dielectric constant Resistance I would expect them all to have the same trend (i.e. higher band gap energy would cause ...
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When do I use the various power-related equations? [closed]

Can someone please tell me when it is appropriate to use the equations $P=IV$, $P=I^2R$ and $P=V^2/R$?
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Charge density of turning object

A charged disk or sphere will create currents around its turning axis if a rotation is added. The total current can then be calculated by adding all concentric currents together. Every current (I take ...
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Comparing voltages of Parallel and Series circuits

There are two electric circuits. Resistor 1 ($R_1$) connected with resistor 2 ($R_2$) by series circuit $R_1$ connected with $R_2$ in parallel Each of the circuit has battery with emf and the ...