# Tagged Questions

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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### Flow of alternating current in an ac circuit [duplicate]

I know that it the frequency of an alternating current is 50Hz.It changes its polarity 50 times. So in a circuit does the polarity gets changed these many times. It seems that it is well applicable in ...
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### Current flow in a polarized capcitor

What is a polarized capacitor? I have learned that in a polarized capacitor, the negative lead must be connected to the negative terminal of the battery and so the positive. But my doubt is that if ...
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### Finding current density?

I found (from here) that current density can be found with the formula: $$\vec j= \frac{dI}{ds} \vec a$$ where $s$ is the cross sectional area centred on the point we are considering and with a ...
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### Magnetic field generated by wires with magnetic cores

Describe the magnetic field generated by alternating current as it passes through a wire's special core of tiny, metal-coated, cylindrical rare earth magnets? Examples of real-world consequences of ...
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### Is the passive reference configuration different from the conventional direction of current?

Is the passive reference configuration different from the conventional direction of current? According to the passive reference configuration, current enters the positive polarity of voltage, while ...
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### Forces on a wire moving in a magnetic field?

When a wire is placed inside a magnetic field and current starts to flow in that wire, that wire experiences the Lorentz force = $IL \times B$ and beings to move. Aside from induced motional - ...
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### What proved Conventional sense wrong?

What fact proved for the first time that the conventional sense of current was wrong? And when it did happen? As a corollary of this question, why do we say that electrons have negative charge? Is it ...
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### What causes a larger (longer) electrical arc when using a tesla coil

So, I really don't know much about this subject, if any at all, but I'd like to do a project on it. I've done some testing with my tesla coil and there appears to be a trend such that a larger ...
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### What does an induced emf do to a loop of varying current?

I know that the magnetic flux through a loop in space is proportional to the current such that $\Phi=LI$. Therefore a change in magnetic flux will produce an emf, so $\mathscr{E}=-L\dfrac{dI}{dt}$. ...
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### Where does the energy of the electric cable come from?

I'm stuck on one really simple example, I can't figure out what's happening to energy here... (This is not homework) Let's consider an uncharged electric cable, we'll model it by an infinite ...
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### Relationship Between Conductivity and Lossiness of a material

I read that a material is loss-less if the conductivity is zero. I have always learned that conductivity is a measure of how easily the material can conduct a current. Does this then mean that the ...
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### Flow of electrons in electric current

In an electric circuit, how does the excitation of the free electrons to higher energy levels translate into net forward motion of the electrons to the positive terminal? My concept of electrons ...
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### How is current produced in semiconductors or metals?

I think current is the movement of electrons through the wire or semiconductor, thus when I press the switch of the light bulb the electrons go from positive part to tungsten and light is produced. ...
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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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### Do the integral forms of Maxwell's Equations have limited applicability because of retardation?

In the usual bookwork treatment, it is easy to show that the differential and integral forms of Maxwell's equations are equivalent using Gauss's and Stokes's theorems. I have always thought that ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Why does a magnetic field go anticlockwise of the direction of current?

Why never clockwise? How does it 'know' to go anticlockwise?
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### Relation between Power, Voltage and Current when one or more of them is amplified?

$$\text{Power}(P) = \text{Voltage}(V) \cdot \text{Current}(I)$$ If voltage or current is amplified or multiplied what happens to power and current. Does this affect in increase or decrease in power ...
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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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### 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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### The graph of Alternating current

I am beginner Physics student and currently studying Alternating current. One thing that confuses me about this topic is the graph Voltage/Time. Now I know it is a sinusoid, but it is the ...
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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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### (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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### End current without touching wire

Say I am sending a pulse down a five foot wire. If I want the pulse to not reach the end of the wire, but instead reflect at say the two foot mark, how could I achieve this without physically ...
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### Ohm's Law Question?

Since $V=IR$, if you were to have say a $5\:\mathrm{V}$ source connected directly to ground, no components in the circuit at all, you would need to add resistance for the current to flow? Or is there ...
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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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### Determine the size of a conductive medium

Are there any measurable characteristics that would allow one to discern the size of a conductive medium? Say I apply the same voltage to a two foot long wire and a four foot long wire. Is there ...
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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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### Why does current density have a direction and not current?

As I understand it the definitions are as follows: Current is a scalar $I$ with units of $\mathrm{[J/s]}$. It is defined as $I=\frac{\mathrm{d}Q}{\mathrm{d}t}$. Current density is a vector $\vec{J}$ ...
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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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### Opacity/transparency of conductive meshes to charged particles (electrons/ions)

When using a conductive (metal) mesh, effectively a metallic woven fabric, in vacuum applications as a "grid" for charged particle optics, how does one calculate (or at least estimate) the opacity or ...
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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 de Graaff (VDG) generator. Due to the VDG's E-field, this causes a ...
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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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### 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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### Induced electric field due to a moving wire

An infinite wire carrying a constant current $I$ in the $\hat{z}$ direction is moving in the $$y$$ direction at a constant speed $v$. Find the electric field, in the quasistatic approximation, at the ...
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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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### Why the bulb glows brighter?

If the total current is divided into the branches in a parallel configuration and it is constant in series. How come the bulbs glow brighter when connected in parallel than when connected in series?
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### Close or open circuit?

A electric source provides a non electrostatic influence on the charges inside the source which pushes the positive charges from the negative terminal to the positive one. Does this happen when the ...
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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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### 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!!