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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 $\nabla \cdot \vec{J} = 0$ where $J$ is the current density?

This is quoted from Purcell's Electricity & Magnetism: ...if charge forever pours out of, or into, a fixed volume, the charge density inside must grow infinite, unless some compensating charge ...
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### Why is resistance across a load the V per I rather than the V per Q?

There is a load that resists the flow of electrons. This causes a voltage drop, meaning it creates a potential difference between the 2 sides of itself. This property, a load creating a voltage drop, ...
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### Will the current flow from the battery?

I am just trying to find out if the current enters into the positive terminal of the battery (if there is a battery with bigger emf ) will it get charged and charge will be stored and current will ...
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### Doubt on resistor circuit [closed]

How are we able to flip the triangular resistor to the opposite breaking its connection with the lower 2r resistor?
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### Is internal resistance relevant in motional EMF?

When a conductor passes a magnetic field and connected to a circuit, the induced voltage is calculated via the motional EMF($\epsilon$): $$\epsilon=-vBL$$ Is the conductor's resistance (or internal ...
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### why in the case of electric field the path of electrons is curved? [closed]

I was wondering ,that why in the presence of uniform electric field the electrons are moving in a curved path.
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### Why is voltage essential in circuits?

I understand what voltage is, but why is it necessary for an electric circuit to function? Why can't current flow without a voltage?
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### Reducing eddy currents, changes the property of the conductor & circuit?

In an attempt of reducing the eddy currents in a conductor, such as having gaps to break the induced eddy currents, would that by any chance change the conductor's orientation from series to parallel? ...
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### Fringing effect of electric current

We know the what is the fringing effect of electric field in capacitor, of magnetic field in some in some solenoid or magnetic field in through joint of some metal. But is there is something similar ...
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### surface current density

Surface current density, K is defined as: K = σv where σ is surface charge density and v is velocity. Given a uniformly charged spherical shell with radius R, spinning at constant angular velocity ω, ...
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### Why, microscopically, is the voltage drop across a resistor affected by the current through it?

If voltage is a potential difference, describing how much energy will be lost per unit charge as charge carriers pass through the resistor, why would the rate at which charge flows (i.e. current, ...
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### Calculating resistance [duplicate]

I am really confused please help me! I want to find the resistance between a and b! But i am not able to understand which resistances are in series or which are in parallel! What i think- e and a ...
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### Current density defined by the scattering operator

I have a problem with the definition of the current density. In most literature it is defined as $j^\mu=\frac{i}{2}(S^*\frac{\partial S(A)}{\partial A_\mu(x)})$. I understand that normally we use ...
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### Which is more important, current or potential difference?

If i have a bulb rated 4V, 4A, and my power source is 2V, 2A. Should I use a step up or step down transformer to make it 4V, 1A or 1V, 4A? Which wold make it glow brighter?
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### How to implement the form of current density in a Hall Effect related calculation?

Please consider the following; Question. A rectangular plate of semiconducting material has dimensions 10mm x 4mm x 1mm. A current of 3 mA flows along the length and a Hall Voltage of 13.6 mV is ...
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### Resistor cube problem solving method

I was solving problems from Irodov when I came across the method called point of symmetry method. I cant find this method anywhere. So what is this method? Here is the link to the problem solution ...
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### Is their a visual difference between air-gap sparks of the same voltage but different current?

For example, if this spark gap has a kilovolt of power behind it @ 1A and the other is also at a kilovolt but is @2A will there be a visual difference (i.e. will the one with higher current be ...
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### Is it possible to raise the voltage of a power source by lowering its current indefinitely (i.e. transformers)?

Let's say you have a D battery. You wire it up to the primary of a step-up transformer, which you then in turn wire up to another step-up transformer,...etc. Is there a limit to how high the voltage ...
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### The standard definition of current

The book says current is the rate of flow of charge per unit time, but I don't understand whether it is rate of flow of charge through a single cross-sectional area per unit time or the entire amount ...
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### Resistance and potential difference across it

I have this question that has baffled me for hours now. My question is what really happens when charge passes from one point to another in a circuit for eg what happens when it passes over a ...
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### Calculating current on power line from induced voltage on nearby loop

The question I'm having trouble with is: A small circular loop of 5mm radius is placed 1 meter away from a 60Hz power line. The voltage induced on this loop is measured at 0.6 microvolts. What is the ...
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### Noether Current and Feynman Diagrams

My question is simple. Assume that there is no anomaly and we have found from the lagrangian that there is a conserved current. I want to know what this means in terms of feynman diagrams, not in ...
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### What creates voltage? What causes electrons to move in a wire?

I was trying to break down how a transistor works to a friend, and I took a moment to think about electric current and voltages. I realised I do not understand where these phenomena come from. I ...
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### Where to start from and how to proceed for finding the resistance here? [closed]

Can anyone kindly help me in finding the effective resistance between A and B in the below goven case ? Each resistor is of 16 ohm .. Thank you .
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### The image current due to moving charges and a current carrying thin wire

Suppose we have a plane conductor and positive charged particles of mass m are moving parallel to the plane conductor at a distance d. The trajectory can be assumed to be straight. An image current ...
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### What should the length of my wire be in order to get a surface area of 10cm^2?

I would like to make a flat coil out of a steel wire that is $1.22 ~\text{mm}$ in thickness (or $1.22~\text{mm}$ in diameter). I wish to make the coil up the wire into a flat disk that has a surface ...
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### Does “ac current” mean that the electricity goes left and right or just changes polarity?

AC goes one way in one phase and the opposite way in the other phase, but is going right and to left, or is it only changing the polarity from (-) to (+)? If light bulbs turn off and on (so fast we ...
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### Magnetic field between two rings [closed]

Two rings are placed parallel atop each other along an axis with a distance $\epsilon$ which is much smaller than the radius of both rings a. Through one of the rings there is a current I and through ...
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### Current and current density

Current, $I$, is generalised as: $I=\iint_{A}^{} \vec{J}. d\vec{A}$. I know that current density always points in the direction of flow of positive charge. I wonder if the infinitesimal element, ...
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### What does it mean when we say that power of a bulb is 10 W? Since $V/I=$ resistance is a constant, how can power $=VI$ be a constant?

My question is simple. In Ideal situation, at constant temperature, we know that normal appliances like a filament bulb has straight Voltage vs Current graph, meaning its resistance is constant or ...
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### Current Density Boundary Conditions and its Implications

According to Ohm's Law, one can say $\overline{J} =\sigma \overline{E}$ if the field is in a conductor, and $\overline{J} =0$ if it's in empty space. Now if we take the surface of a conductor and ...
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