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 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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current density in 1-d

I have a slight problem with the notion of the current density in one dimension. For example the probability current in 1-d given by: $J(x) = -\frac{1}{m} Im(-i\psi^*\partial_x \psi)$ calculation the ...
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explain how does Rectenna work to someone with some college level physics

I understand that rectifying antenna (rectenna) is supposed to convert electromagnetic energy to electric current however I do not understand how it's really working. I do get that it's kind of like ...
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What is the aperture in the hydraulic analogy of Ohm's law

Note: My question is duplicate of Why doesn't water come out of tap/faucet at high pressure when I turn it on?. None of the answers given there explains how the continuity equation fits properly. ...
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Acting on a current density operator in second quantization

I have a current density operator in second quantization in the form: $\hat{J} = -i\left(\psi^\dagger \partial_x \psi - (\partial_x \psi^\dagger) \psi \right) $ operating on some state: $|\phi ...
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How do charge carriers move thermal energy? (Peltier effect)

I am having hard time understanding how the charge carriers (electrons and holes) are able to move thermal energy. I am on a high school physics level, so I will probably have a hard time ...
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How do voltage and voltage drops over a circuit relate to work done?

I have a few remaining uncertainties when it comes to voltage. I numbered the paragraphs in my thought sequence for easier reference. In a series circuit, I know voltage is the electric potential, ...
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Questions about voltage

For some reason, I feel like the concept of voltage is escaping my grasp. I've done much research on these forums and through texts, and come across answers that seem quite well thought out, but still ...
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Transmit DC power with one cord?

My DC devices have two wires connecting them to the power source, but what would be needed to transfer DC power using just one? I depict it as a kind of headphone, which can work with just one wire.
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Relation between voltage and current [duplicate]

What I know is that voltage is the electrical pressure which is required to drive the electrons in a circuit. According to that we have higher currents when there is a high voltage. Ohm's law confirms ...
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Current induced from a magnet moving through a solenoid?

If we had a magnet we move it towards a solenoid a half sine wave current is induced when we make it move back, the other half is induced, inducing an AC current in the solenoid. What if the magnet ...
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Could anyone help explain this current voltage graph for an LED in liquid nitrogen?

I've been doing my coursework investigating LEDs at various temperatures and I've come across an interesting phenomenon which nobody I've asked has been able to explain thoroughly - wheras at room ...
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Voltage and current in parallel circuit

I am having a bit of a tough time understanding the following: ...
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How do stun guns not kill people?

Now, I've seen a lot of answers to this sort of question, but most of them provide answers that don't actually make sense from a physics perspective. As an example of such an answer, I've commonly ...
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Current without voltage?

Suppose you have a 120 volt, 20 amp circuit which only has a light bulb connected. When measuring the voltage going to the light bulb my meter reads 120 volts. The basics taught me that a circuit is ...
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How to evaluate, how much current flows in the circuit?

Please take into advisement, that I'm quite a beginner in subjects of physics and especially about electricity. Lately I've decided, that I want to learn more on basics of electronics and I've started ...
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Can Kirchhoff laws be applied to any circuit?

Kirchhoff's loop/current rule is just law of conservation of energy and Kirchhoff's junction rule is just law of conservation of charge.So, I think that these can be applied to any circuits unlike ...
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How can there be a Current and an Electric field in an idealized wire with no voltage drop?

In an ideal circuit, How can there be a current b/w points a & b, when there is no potential difference and thus no electric field between a & b? If there is no current, then where does ...
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How does capacitors provide initial high voltage for a motor?

While observing the water pump in my house I could see a huge capacitor connected to it. My father told me that it is to provide a high voltage of 440 V during the start-up process. But, how does a ...
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Current flowing through a square loop - Magnetic Field [closed]

A square conducting loop of wire of side $2a$ carries a uniform current I. Calculate the magnetic field at the centre of square due to the current in the loop.
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Why is it written 'High voltage' in danger boards if current is the one which actually causes the shock?

After reading the answers given to this question I could understand that the amount of shock is dependent on the current and not majorly on the voltage even-though in some cases it depends. But, in ...
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Ampere's law on a long wire with varying current density [closed]

On a question from my book: A long straight wire with a circular cross section of radius $R$ carries a current $I$. Assume the current density is not constant over the cross section of the wire, ...
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What constitutes displacement current? [duplicate]

In the chapter electromagnetic waves I was introduced with the concept of displacement current inside a capacitor. Since the region inside the capacitor is a dielectric there is no charge carriers in ...
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Flux increase due to velocity?

I have a book question I'm trying to understand: The first bit is easy enough. The second part I was confused so I checked the solution: B is into the page. The flux increases as the bar moves ...
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Time difference in transmission of AC and DC

Is there any time difference while considering the transmission of AC and DC ? Is either one of them faster than the other one in terms of transmission of energy/power from one point to another? I ...
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Conserved topological charge for d=3 Yang-Mills. G=U(2)

Consider a pure Yang-Mills lagrangian density $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F^{\mu\nu}_aF^a_{\mu\nu}$$ with gauge group $U(2)$. Take the generators for $U(2)$ to be $t_0$, $t_i \ i=1,...,3$ with ...
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Probability current vs. direction of wave function

I did an exercise for my Quantum-Mechanics Lecture: Let $\hbar$=2m=1. A particle in 1 dimension has $j(x)=2\ Im(\overline{\psi} (x) \ \psi'(x))$ and it's to show that there are superpositions $\psi ...
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Does the phase difference between voltage and current in an LCR circuit exist throughout the circuit?

I know that in an purely inductive circuit the current lags behind voltage by $90^o$, in a purely capacitive circuit vice-versa and in an LCR circuit the current may lag or gain with respect to ...
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Resistance and current

I'm not a current student at any school, but I am learning a new profession, and some of it is a basic understanding of elecrticity. I have some knowledge, but definitely not enough, and I have had to ...
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Direct current and metallic conduction

Suppose we have a circuit with and EMF source and a resistor. We know that when electron moves from one terminal of a voltage source to another it encounters resistance, which is basically collisions ...
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how does an electric field comes inside a conducting wire inside the circuit? [duplicate]

This has been a really great confusion for me now .... Many places i have read in books that when a potential difference is applied across the ends of a wire a constant electric field is generated ...
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does the current's direction on a loop with a magnetic field affect the torque?

I have a question in my book The question is very easy, but then my solutions manual gave me unexpected answers I don't get how in d) they conclude the vectors go in the opposite direction, but ...
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Current division in ideal inductors?

The Question is:- Find the current distribution in the inductors at steady state (i.e. assuming $t\rightarrow \infty$ after the switch is closed and circuit established and consider the ...
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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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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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Why would mode-hopping occur as the current is changed?

If some diode laser is given an input current, why should we see mode-hopping if the current is changed?
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positive charge , current and electron flow in a simple circuit …confusion [duplicate]

my question is that in a simple circuit one wire attached with battery cell ,and then electrons start flowing from lower potential to higher and as we know in metal wire only electron is the thing ...
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How does current work

In all diagrams i have ever seen of circuits it's implied that electrons travel through load/bulb and bulb makes light/heat. Now there is a problem here...because of this implied logic i assumed more ...
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Does a battery in a vacuum produce a current?

I've always assumed that the strong resistance of air is the reason there is no flow of electrons between the terminals of a battery until a wire is connect. However, in a vacuum there is no resistive ...
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How does electricity 'decide' on it's pathway? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to understand the fundamental concepts of electricity, more specifically, the way in which it 'chooses' its optimal pathway. I appreciate electricity will always choose the path of ...
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Is a phase difference of 180 degree possible between emf and current?

While studying alternating currents I could read and observe through an oscilloscope that there can be phase difference between emf and current. But, is a phase difference of 180 degrees possible in a ...
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Will the rms current be affected by inserting dielectric in the capacitor in an LCR circuit?

MY thoughts: I think it will not be as the expression for RMS value is dependent only on the peak value of current. Is my thinking correct?
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What accelerates the electrons in the thin part of a current-carrying wire?

Consider a thick wire that narrows for some part of its length, connected to the terminals of a battery, hence carrying some current. Presumably the electrons have to speed up as the wire gets ...
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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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Non-conservative electric fields due to changing magnetic flux?

What I read in several places, tells me that, the fact Coulomb's Law follows inverse-square law and gives a force which is radial, implies that a static electric field must be conservative.(In short, ...
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Current Carrying Wire Loop near Current Carrying Long Wire

A rectangular wire loop of (width $a$ and height $b$) carrying clockwise current $I_1$ is a distance $d$ below a horizontal infinitely long wire carrying a current $I_2$ to the right. What is the ...
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$\pi/2$ phase shift in RC circuit

I just recently learnt Alternating Current and RCL circuits and I also learnt about phasers and various graphs. Now I also know that current lags in an LR circuit. My intuitive understanding of this ...
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Why junction removal method doesn't work like this?

This is a question from my textbook's chapter on electrical currents. It has a square circuit as shown in figure 1, where all the wires have identical resistivity. While solving the circuit the ...
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Electric circuit question [closed]

http://www.fisme.uu.nl/nno/opgaven/bestanden/Ronde1-Theorie-2009.pdf, question 5: You have to calculate Id when the switch at S is opened, when its closed, the Id = 0.5 A. All resistors are ...
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Why doesn't Bernoulli's Principle apply to Current and Resistors in a circuit?

Bernoulli's principle makes sense when you apply it to fluids. If you decrease the diameter of a pipe then the velocity of the fluid increases because it needs to keep the same rate of fluid moving ...