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 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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Finding the current and voltage in a circuit with DC sources

I know that in a circuit with DC sources a capacitor(steady state) can be replaced with an open circuit and an inductor(steady state) can be replaced with a short circuit. My understanding is that ...
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What is drift velocity? [closed]

What is the drift velocity? Is there a reason why, in some books, it is expressed as the drift speed and not the drift velocity? Are these different quantities? Does it mean that the electron will ...
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How does the equation $1/I = r/E +R/E$ relate to $ y=mx+c$? [duplicate]

I have a graph of $1/$current against resistance, which is a straight line of positive gradient. I know that the gradient represents $1/V$ but I can't work out how the equation $1/I= r/E + R/E$ ...
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Why does potential drop exist?

I'm sorry that the question is likely to sound stupid but I just can't seem to be able to wrap my head around it. I think I am a bit comfortable with the mathematical idea of it but I still can't ...
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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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What does the gradient of a graph of 1/current against resistance graph represent?

I did an experiment to investigate how current varied with changing resistance and plotted my results on a graph of 1/current against resistance.The graph is a straight line showing $1/I$ to be ...
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If we have a current $I$ flowing down a wire, why must the net bound current be zero?

Say we are dealing with a wire that has a current $I$ flowing through it, i.e. $I$ is the free current. Why must it then hold that the net bound current, that is, the bound volume current, $J_b$, 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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Getting Deep into Drift Velocity

We know for a metallic conductor Current $\frac{I}{enA} = v$ where $v$ is drift velocity , $e$ is the charge of an electron, $n$ is no of electrons per unit volume and $A$ is area of cross section. ...
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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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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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Does the speed of electrons depend on energy?

I would like to know whether the speed of an electron depends on energy. If yes then in a circuit when electrons flow out of a resistor the energy decreases by a considerable amount, leading to the ...
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Resistance in Potentiometer [on hold]

A potentiometer is shown in the figure. a) How will the balancing length be affected if resistance (R) is increased or decreased ? b) Will the balancing length be affected if resistance (S) is ...
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Free charge density and current in an ohmic material

I have come across what seems a paradox -or at least an exotic conclusion- regarding current conduction in an ohmic material. It is well known that free charge density can only be zero on an ohmic ...
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Field inside a wire?

This answer gives a great explanation of why the field inside a wire connected to a battery must be equal at all points: Why doesn't the electric field inside a wire in a circuit fall off with ...
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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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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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Why can't I connection the anode of a battery to the cathode of an other battery and get a current flowing?

If I touch the anode of a battery or connect the anode the the cathode of an other battery, none (or rather: a very small current) flows between those two. If I instead connect the connect the anode ...
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Confusions about current, voltage and capacitors [closed]

If it's okay I have a few quastions. First of all, what is current. I've had people tell me it's negativ charges moving but also that it's negativ and positiv charges moving in different directions. ...
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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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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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Probability flux: spatial variation of the phase equal to momentum?

We can write any wave function as $$\psi(\vec x, t) = \sqrt{\rho(\vec x,t)}\exp{\left[\frac{iS(\vec x,t)}{\hbar}\right]}$$ for $S$ real and $\rho >0$. Here we interpret $\rho$ as the probability ...
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Photoelectric effect stopping potential

$q_eV_s = hf - \phi$ My question is... suppose we are testing the photoelectric effect. One plate is illuminated. We have applied the stopping potential. Suppose an electron leaves one plate with $KE ...
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How is Magnetic force on a current carrying conductor $Blb$

I was reading an answer about torque acting on a rectangular current carrying loop kept in a uniform magnitude field B. Force acting on each sides is $F_1$, $F_2$, $F_3$, $F_4$. It's written here : ...
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North and south of magnetic field

The current I is flowing upward in the wire in this figure. The direction of the magnetic filed due to the current can be determined by the right hand rule. Can we determine the north and the south ...
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Currents induced by rotation of a coil about magnetic field lines

If the coil on the left is rotated about the magnetic field lines, will there be an induced current? I know that the flux concerns only the component of the magnetic field perpendicular to the ...
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Capacitor circuits with light bulb

Let's say we have a normal circuit with a light bulb, with wires and a battery. When one places a capacitor in this circuit, how is the light bulb able to light up, even when the capacitor prevents ...
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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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How to calculate flux density in a toroidal CT that has an electrical line pass through the center?

I have seen the Biot–Savart equation, but I don't know how to apply it. Does the conductor length need to be considered finite and equal to the core length, or will the calculation be for a conductor ...
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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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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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How does back-emf oppose the input-current?

A circuit, has current $A$ flowing at a certain $V$. When there is a change in magnetic-flux, based on Faraday's law of induction & Lenz's law, we know that there is change in Potential ...
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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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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 happens when you pass a current through a coil made of a ferromagnetic substance?

I know when you pass a current through a length of copper coil or a solenoid, there is the induction of a magnetic flux. But what of the coil made of the ferromagnetic material, the permanent type ...
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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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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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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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Faraday's law in a ring

What role does the induced emf in Faraday's law play in generating current in a ring in which the magnetic flux is changing ?
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Force on a loop with induced current

Consider an infinitely long ideal solenoid with current $I$, radius $a$, turns per unit length $n$. Put a closed conducting loop around it (radius $b > a$), on a common axis through their centers. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Does a simple copper wire with an AC current create EM waves?

I want to know if a household AC current flowing through a simple copper wire will radiate EM waves? If yes, up to what range and can they be called radio waves?
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Ampere's circuital law for finite current carrying wire

When I was studying about Ampere's circuital law. Then there comes a question in my mind that "whether this law is applicable for finite current carrying wire or not"
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Is it possible to use induction ampermeter to measure power consumption of electric water heater and dryer?

I hope this practical question is not OT and not too trivial for this forum. I am renting an apartment in a duplex with a shared water heater and dryer. Turns out, both water heater and the dryer are ...