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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Current in series resistors and voltage drop in parallel resistors

when we have resistors in series, the current through all the resistors is same and the voltage drop (or simply voltage) at each resistor is different. Question 1: it is fine that voltage drop ...
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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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What is the physical meaning of $\overline{\Psi} \Psi$ in the Dirac current's “Gordon Decomposition”?

When writing the Dirac (charge) current out in a way that resembles the (charge) current in the Pauli/Schrödinger theories, one obtains the following: $ j^\mu = -\frac{\mathrm{i} e\hbar}{2m} \left[ ...
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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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How do you calculate maximum current density for alternating currents?

I think the answer is neither here nor on Wikipedia but forgive me if it is, I don't read maths well. This question applies specifically to current density during transcranial stimulation with either ...
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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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Is it low current or low voltage that dims a bulb?

At times we have dim bulbs due to some fault from national grid, what I want to know is if this fault is low current or low voltage. Other times electrical appliances blow-up, is that high current or ...
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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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current flow between two points

I can measure a voltage that is induced on my skin from a 50hz electromagnetic field (emf) source using a multimeter, how can I measure the induced current flowing between my finger and ground when I ...
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Why does 50/60hz waveform sometimes appear to change direction when imaged on an oscilloscope?

http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-32898-stock-footage-an-old-oscilloscope-demonstrates-a-waveform.html The video above displays a waveform moving from left to right. This is generally how my ...
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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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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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Is the magnetic field calculated by Ampere's Law only because of the currents crossing the loop? [duplicate]

In Ampere's Law, $$\oint \vec B \cdot \mathrm d \vec l = \mu I$$ the current outside the curve is not included on the right hand side of the equation.* Does it mean that the magnetic ...
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How to use Ampere's Law for a semi-infinite wire with current?

Suppose that there is a semi-infinite wire which extends to infinity only in one direction. There are no other circuit elements at the other end(finite end) of the wire and the current does not loop. ...
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Is there an electric field in the direction of a uniform current?

In an infinite plane where uniform current is passing through,is there any electric field? Because i know that charge produces an electric field but in a uniform current and because it is an infinite ...
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What is the effect of a magnetic field on a plasma speaker?

I have been doing some research for the past couple years investigating the effect of a magnetic field on a plasma speaker. More specifically, if you apply a relatively uniform magnetic field in no ...
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How to apply voltage source in FEM when solve Maxwell equation?

I need to solve the Maxwell equation of electric field by finite element method. In this function, the right hand side is the current density. However, in my problem, the voltage source with 1 MHz ...
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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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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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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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Filament lamp: Negative part of I/V characteristic?

I don't understand the negative part of the graph. It shows that the resistance is decreasing as the voltage goes from negative towards 0. What does a negative voltage mean and why does the graph ...
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How is resistance defined when there is no current?

By definition, a component has a resistance of $1\Omega$ if a potential difference of $1$V makes a current of $1$A flow through it. So I was a bit confused when I saw somewhere "a filament lamp has a ...
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Inductor in transformer

In an inductor, a current waveform 90 degrees out of phase with the voltage waveform creates a condition where power is alternately absorbed and returned to the circuit by the inductor. If the ...
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Is shaking a phone enough energy to charge a smartphone?

Is shaking a phone enough energy to charge a smartphone? For example I'd like to use some kind of power generator to charge smartphone's battery but I'm wondering if shaking (by hand, or motion when ...
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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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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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How is the efficiency of an electric motor affected? [closed]

Consider that I'm having a motor (AC/DC) and the power switch is on and it's being supplied power and of course the motor is rotating. Now, I continuously start switching off and on the power. For 1 ...
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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 ...
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What is the rigorous definition for current in a closed circuit?

I know that $I = \frac {dq} {dt}$, but I have trouble reconciling that derivative definition with my intuitive understanding of current. At an arbitrary point in wire, the current is obviously the ...
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does a resistor slow down the flow of electrons or just let less electrons through? or is it both?

I like to have an intuitive grasp of whats happening our tutor said they 'resist' the flow of electrons but I want to understand exactly whats happening.
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If I charge a battery using a much higher current, 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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Can Ampere's Circuital law be used on an infinite number of alternating Helmholtz coils?

I have the following surface current density $$ \bar{\sigma}_s = \hat{\phi} \sin(kz) |\bar{\sigma}_s| $$ to approximate an infinite number of alternating Helmholtz coils stacked along the z-axis with ...
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Why is the quench temperature fluctuation not a concern for maglev trains?

I am having trouble discovering why temperature fluctuations and magnetic field fluctuations are not a stability concern for superconducting magnetic levitation trains. I am under the impression that ...
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Earth magnetic field [closed]

I gather that, in these days, the most common explanation for the Earth magnetic field existence and strength is the theory of convetive currents of molten iron and nickel atoms in the outer core of ...
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What would you do to measure wind speed below 50m?

Is there a radiation spectrum that could be used near the surface of the earth to fluoresce air enough to see the currents? Is there a complimentary CCD that can image that spectrum? I am looking for ...
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What would be the resistance of a wire, if it is stretched to double length? [closed]

If there is a wire of resistance $R$ and we stretch it such that it becomes 2 times longer, then what should be the new resistance of the wire?
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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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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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Current in discharging capacitor through fixed resistor?

In the textbook I'm using for physics it says that the charge left on the plates of a capacitor after time $t$, that is discharging through a fixed resistor, is $Q=Q_0e^{-t/\tau}$ where $\tau=RC$ is ...
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Why does welding produce UV light?

Looking directly at a welder is dangerous because large amounts of UV light is produced. What makes this light? Is it electrons from the current that excites metal atoms, and these atoms sends out UV ...