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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Why is the movement of electrons random in electric field?

Suppose an uncharged conductor is present isolated and there is no net electric field applied. Then by assumption we have the motion of electrons random,i.e. isotropic. But now suppose there is a ...
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Magnetic flux density a small distance off axis from a current loop

I'm currently studying physics at University and struggling with the problem mentioned, it's on a past paper I'm trying to do. I have calculated the B field on axis as (sorry don't know how to format ...
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Intuition/derivation behind the probability current definition

The definition is: $${\bf{j}} = \frac{\hbar}{2mi} (\psi^* \nabla \psi - \psi \nabla \psi^*)$$ However: Where ever I have looked, the above "pops out of nowhere". I was wondering how can I obtain ...
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Force between two current carrying parallel wires, multiple proof? [closed]

Having two current carrying (currents $I'$ and $I$) wires of length $a$ parallel to the $z$-axis, one with end points $(0,0,0)$ and $(0,0,a)$ and one from $(a,0,0)$ to $(a,0,a)$, I'm looking for the ...
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Current and magnetism [closed]

When the current in 2 parallel wires flows in same direction they attract each other.Shouldn't the electrons travelling in opposite direction should also repel ?
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What exactly is three phase power? [closed]

What is three phase power? How does it differ from normal AC current?
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Current, Current density

edit: Hi I'm trying to find the magnetic field generated by a time dependent oscillating current in the quasistatic case ($|z|,r <<c\omega$) where r is the perpendicular distance from the ...
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time dependent current/ magnetic field

Is there a general way to calculate the magnetic field for a time dependent current of a long thing wire? For ex: If the current is $$ I(t)=I\sin wt, $$ is there a general method to use in order to ...
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The anapole moment, derivation from Dirac current density

Basically I am looking for a way to expand the electromagnetic interaction energy $W = A_{\mu}j^{\mu}$ (both $A$ and $j$ obtained from the Dirac equation) similar to the classical expansion in ...
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Physics of a conductor gaining potential

Working on electrical engineering but thus far, the physics stack has proven to be a better place to read and ask questions in order to develop a better overall understanding. I am currently waist ...
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Maximum magnetic strength achievable

What will be the maximum magnetic strength to which a piece of ferromagnetic substance can be magnetised? What will the maximum strength possible for a piece of iron? How would the shape of the ...
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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 is Kirchoff's Current Rule valid?

The fact that Kirchoff's Current Rule is valid means that whatever current flows in flows out. But this will only be valid for a steady current circuit, that is, when there is no accumulation of ...
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Why does the coil in this apparatus reverse its direction of oscillation?

I've been given some notes and I have to 'unscramble' them and put them in order. They are supposed to describe what happens in the diagram below: The notes to unscramble and form a proper answer ...
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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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Potentiometer at null pointer!

Consider the situation when a cell of an unknown emf is being measured using a potentiometer. We slide the jockey so as to obtain the null point. Now, is there any current in the potentiometer wire at ...
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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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Faraday's Law - recursive?

So we know that the EMF is induced by change of flux. The thing that was always confusing me is the following: we start changing the magnetic field which in turn induces electric field which makes ...
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Resistor and LED - together and separated

Something very basic which I don't get no matter how much I read. circuit A: only a resistor and power supply - the resistor will burn. circuit B: only a LED and power supply - the LED will damaged. ...
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How to calibrate an Ammeter?

Calibrating an ammeter is tricky thing to do. The obvious way would be connecting it to another good ammeter and see if they get the same result. However, people have been telling you can use a ...
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How can rheostat change the current without changing int voltage

NCERT science of 10th, in chapter electricity on page 205, there, a is line written: a component use to regulate the current without changing the voltage ...
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Finding current in a sphere while given a changing current density

im trying to calculate the current running through a sphere while given a current density $$J=Jcos(2\theta)e^{-t/r} \hat r $$ J is given in spherical coordinates. I know that: $$I=\int J\,da $$ But I ...
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Back $emf$ and power?

The formula relating current to back emf is $V-E=IR$ where $V$ is the source pd and $E$ is the back Emf. Thus it can be seen that as the back emf increases the current decreases. But what is the ...
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A confusion in ohms law $V = IR$

ohms law clearly states that potential difference is directly proportional to the current flowing through the wire or V directly proportional to I ______(i) so the formula which is ...
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Why can't an excess of electrons or holes by themselves cause current flow?

I am a beginner in electrical engineering. Often times (most cases actually), the underlying physics aren't really explained to us and we are just left to assume that it works "because it works." This ...
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Relative perimittivity of conductor?

Why is the relative permittivity $\epsilon_r$ infinite for a conductor? Where does it come from mathematically and does it make physical sense?
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DC current in ideal conductor and skin effect?

I know that the skin depth derived for AC current goes as $$\delta \propto \sqrt{\frac{1}{\omega \sigma}}$$ where $\omega$ is the angular frequency of the field and $\sigma$ is the conductivty. Now: ...
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Faraday's law and “infinite induction”

I may have confused after thinking too much about Faraday's law. If an emf is induced in a circuit due to some changing magnetic field, the induced current will be in a direction such that the ...
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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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What happens in a circuit, when the wire and the battery are superconducting. And shorted

When a wire with no resistance is connected to the terminals of an ideal battery, will a current exist in the circuit? If a capacitor is added to the circuit, will it be charged by the battery or will ...
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How to get conserved currents of a theory which are not Noether currents?

In the first SuSy lecture last week following theory of two real scalar fields has been considered as a first example: $$\mathcal{L}=(\partial_\mu \phi_1)^2/2+(\partial_\mu ...
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Circuits and Power [closed]

"The diagram below represents a simple circuit composed of 5 identical light bulbs and 2 flashlight batteries. Which bulb (or bulbs) would you expect to be the brightest? a) V only b) V and W ...
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If the current is increased, is there more charge flowing or is it moving quicker?

Problem Current is the amount of charge that is flowing through a component per unit of time. For a given voltage, Ohm's law tells us that if we increase the resistance, then the current must ...
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Lightning on my Car

Could anyone clarify to me the following: Lightning gives off high current when it hits a car/vehicle, and since the electrical components of the car is grounded on the chassis, are there ...
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Current when the slide wire attains a constant velocity

In a slide wire generator, when the slide wire attains a final constant velocity, is the current in the circuit 0? It does not make sense if it is 0 as the area keeps increasing, allowing more flux ...
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Back EMF & Current, how can we make the current $I$ stable?

Lets assume we have a wire that has $10V$ across and $1$ $Amp$ flowing, now if this conductor is introduced to a changing magnetic field, $-EMF$ is induced, can we control our voltage to increase it ...
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Why does holding an electrical switch in between on and off states cause sparks?

If air is a bad conductor, then why do sparks develop when an electrical switch is held in between on and off states? Why are sparks generated when cables carrying heavy electric current are brought ...
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Lamination on a conductor?

How can lamination help reduce eddy currents? I understood that it reduces them, by making their circulation incomplete, or something like that. Can anyone explain this please?
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Why does overclocking a CPU cause it to generate more heat?

It seems odd to me that overclocking a CPU causes it to consume more energy. The amount of energy flowing through the CPU should be related to the average number of 'gates' (or transistors) that ...
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Can electrons coincidentally flow along a circuit to cause current?

My understanding of circuits which are not supplied an e.m.f. is that the electrons randomly just flow about in random directions, and since there's so many of them, probability dictates that any ...
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sensitive scale & resistance of analog current meter

Does the resistance of an analog current meter increase or decrease when it is set to a more sensitive scale (lower range)?
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The shape of the graph of the equation: $V= -r I + E$

I have recently collected data (for a school experiment) in order to measure the EMF and the internal resistance of a solar cell. The data complied with the equation: $V = -rI + E$, i.e. the voltage ...
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What would the graph between P (power) and i (current) look like if the graph between V (potential difference) and i is parabolic?

The answer is same... That us the graph between P and I will also be a parabola.... Similar to the graph between V and I. But how? Can anyone explain through mathematical approach ? I used ...
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Equation for magnetic field due to a current in straight wire [closed]

How can I derive the expression for the magnetic field due to a long straight current carrying wire using the Biot-Savart law? The final expression should be: ...
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What is a “reference current”

Excuse me, I m not a physicist I am currently reading a paper about optimization on minimizing electrical energy in electrical vehicles. The paper talks about a "reference current" in a current ...
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How does series circuit differ from parallel circuit?

Why does same current $I$ flow in the series circuit but it isn't the case with resistors in parallels?
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Surface current and current density

Hello I want to know when I am asked to find the surface current density and the space current density what should I do? Also what is the difference between the surface and space current? Can the ...
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How to deal with $\vec{j}\cdot\vec{A}$ or $\rho A^2$ interaction when utilizing Kubo formula? Gauge invariance?

If there exist electromagnetic fields in solids, electrons can feel interactions like $\vec{j} \cdot \vec{A}$ or $\rho A^2$ (these are not regarded as perturbations). But these are not gauge ...
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Induced current and Ohm's law

I am trying to explain this problem: A circular conducting loop composed of N turns of wire has a radius of r and a total resistance of R. Perpendicular to the plane of the loop is a magnetic ...
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How is the current flow perpendicular to the wire?

This answer gives a great explanation of how surface charge builds up to force the current to move perpendicular to the wire: http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/102936/41086 However, it fails to ...