An electronic system, with closed loop current flow, and relative electrical potentials present across electrical components.

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Why is there no current flow when i connect two opposite terminals of two separate batteries

I don't understand this..maybe there is something wrong with my understanding of battery or electricity. I am learning about electricity more deeply this time. So please spare with me... So lets ...
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Electron flow and electric potential

In the physics tutorial topic on current electricty it defines the positive terminal as the high potential terminal and the negative as the low potential. When talking about positive test charges this ...
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The origin of contact noise?

I was trying to measure the noise of a device with metal probes. I was not sure whether I should trust the results because I was told contact noise might contribute to some degree. I am a little ...
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Applying more current? [closed]

An electric motor draws 20 Amps, when at maximum load of x. Can that value of current be applied even if the load was ten times less than x from a certain power source?
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Traditional Kirchoff voltage law in AC circuit?

The traditional (not taking into account phasor addition or complex addition) application of Kirchoff Voltage law, i.e. $\Sigma\Delta V=0$ along a loop, does not work for AC circuits. We can sum the ...
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Resistors in series vs parallel

I understand that for resistors in series we need to add R for each resistor to get the equivalent resistance, where R is resistance. I also understand the mathematical manipulations that show that ...
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Complex impedance triangle, why is there a complex part?

Why is the inductive reactance written as jωL? I know that multiplying by j rotates the inductive reactance on the j axis, but why do we do that? Why is it not on the same axis as the resistance?
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Physical meaning of Impedance

So I have been thinking about the way impedance is defined for electrical systems, and the way it is derived. Even after looking through some websites, I cannot seem to grasp something, which every ...
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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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Capacitors in parallel and capacitors in series

How can I recognize clearly when I deal with capacitors in parallel or capacitors in series? Can follow a "rule" or a intuitive method? I have to do difficult exercises regarding system of capacitors ...
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Explanation of NMOS processes

Gate (poly-Si + $SiO_2$) and $p^{-}$ silicon operate as capacitors. But how are voltages and charges applied? In order for inversion to occur, there should be charges formed in poly-Si, right? How ...
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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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Voltage of open circuit

A battery with emf $\varepsilon$ and internal resistance $r$ is connected with a resistor $R$ in the following open circuit. What is the voltage $V_{ab}=V_a-V_b$? The answer is $- ...
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Power loss and Joule's law of heating

I really can't understand the power loss law. If we have a wire carrying a $15\:\mathrm{V}$ and $1\:\mathrm{ A}$ going into an inverter, giving $150\:\mathrm{V}$ and $0.1\:\mathrm{A}$, if we want to ...
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What happens when we connect a metal wire between the 2 poles of a battery?

As I remembered, at the 2 poles of a battery, positive or negative electric charges are gathered. So there'll be electric field existing within the battery. This filed is neutralized by the chemical ...
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Measuring human resistance with a DMM

When I attach a Digital Multimeter (DMM) to read the resistance between my right and left hands, the resistance starts off high and reduces over time. It appears almost like "RC-type" behavior. Can ...
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What is a virtual ground?

What is a virtual ground? I would like to know what it is.
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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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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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Determine the current and voltage for every component in the following circuit [closed]

Determine the current and voltage for every component in the following series circuit What is the voltage and current through R1 and what is the voltage and current through C1? $V_1= 20\,V$ $R_1= ...
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Graphene batteries/super capacitors

A while ago, there was some news about micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors and these devices can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. Question: ...
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Kirchoff's Junction Rule

I understand that the Junction rule states that the algebraic sum of currents going into a junction equals the current going out of the Junction. There is just a wrinkle that I don't understand. If ...
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Is there a differential equation that can represent a circuit with an arbitrary voltage source connected acrorss an antenna?

An RLC circuit with a voltage source can be characterized by the differential equation: $$ LC\;\ddot{I}\left(t\right) + RC\; \dot{I}\left(t\right) + I\left(t\right)-C \;\dot{V}\left(t\right) = 0 $$ ...
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Magnetic core, and a DC solenoid

A DC solenoid creates a magnetic field B. A highly permeability magnetic core is added to solenoid to increase B. Now, there is change in flux, due to the increase in magnetic field. What would be ...
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Voltmeter Question [closed]

I understand that a voltmeter is used for measuring potential electrical difference, but how exactly should said voltmeter be connected with the resistor in circuit?
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Calculating the power of a lightbulb [closed]

How do I calculate the power of a lightbulb? I have values but I don't know the equation to use.
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Calculate required voltage in mixed circuits [closed]

Q: Calculate the voltage that V1 has to provide Given: The following circuit. The voltage through LAMP1 is 5.0V. A (U,I) chart (not shown). LAMP1 and LAMP2 are identical, non-ohmic lightbulbs. ...
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Finding potential difference (PD) between two points [closed]

How do I find the potential difference between two points in a circuit without using Kirchhoff laws?
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Hard circuit problem [closed]

I want to find the p.d. between points A and B. I'm not sure how to approach this problem though, could I have a hint?
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Zener diodes - how do they work?

I was going through some of the theory behind Zener diodes. I know what they're used to work at constant voltage, but I don't know how they work. Actually, I kind of get that too, I know that voltage ...
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Electric Current Power Calculations [closed]

With regards to the equations: $P=VI$ ; $P=V^2/R$ and $P=I^2R$, if you are given $P$, $V$, $I$ and $R$ for a circuit, how do you know which equation to use? Does the use of an equation have to do ...
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In what way do passive circuit elements change the functional form of the voltage?

I heard capacitors affect the valleys and mounds of voltage sine curves, so that you get DC from AC. It's related to Graetz bridge, flipping signs of sine waves and seemingly afterwards smoothing ...
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Sign conventions for voltage drop and gain in circuit

In Sears and Zemansky's University Physics book and in many other books in English they define the following sign conventions (used for Kirchhoff loop rule for example): While in many other books ...
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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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How to imagine the first few moments of an LR circuit?

For example, there's a very simple circuit which only contains on resistor. So according to Ohm's law, we have: $\mathrm{emf} = IR$ As we know when time $t = 0$, the current must be $I = 0$. However, ...
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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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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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Intuitively, Why is Power Proportional to $I^2R$

As the resistance of a circuit goes down, the power increases because the current increases, assuming constant voltage. Why is this? I feel like resistance and current are inversely proportional, so ...
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Circuit Analysis: Help getting the Thevenin equivalent [closed]

I am attempting to solve this problem which requires me to get the Thevenin equivalent of a circuit, and I've gotten as far as getting the equivalent resistance of the circuit (which I believe is 5 ...
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Electrical circuits problem

Batteries have a circuit which looks like this : The electrons go around the circuit and then return through the battery where they get charged again and flow around. My issue is, what about ...
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Find current in a nontrivial circuit

Let us assume that we have this circuit: We know that: $$I_1 = I_2 + I_3$$ $$I_1R_1 + I_3R_3 = V$$ $$I_1R_1 + I_2R_2 + \dfrac{q_c}{C_1} = V$$ Therefore we can write: $$I_1 = k_1 - k_2*q_c$$ ...
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How is derived the relation between capacitances when a $Y-\Delta$ transformation is applied in a capacitors network?

A $Y-\Delta$ transformation can be applied to circuits in order to make an equivalent circuit (but simpler to put in terms of series/parallel devices). Wikipedia and other books show how to deduce the ...
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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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How uncertainties affect values

If I calculate the equivalent resistance of a circuit, for example: $$1/R_{eq} = 1/R_1 + 1/R_2 + 1/R_3 = 1/1472 + 1/3260 + 1/5580 \Rightarrow R_{eq} = 858.22\,\Omega$$ And then calculate its ...
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can resistance be found without knowing length?

is it possible to find to resistance without knowing the length? i am tryigng to solve a problem that requires me to find the resistance.I cant seem do so without knowing the length of the circuit ...
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Resistances in a circular loop

I have no idea what formula I'm supposed to use.I just want to know the concept that would allow me to get the answer. I know basic concepts of electricity like charge, currents, etc., but as far ...
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Why the electric bulb turns on almost instantly when the switch is closed? [duplicate]

The electron drift speed is estimated to be very low.How could there is current almost the instant a circuit is closed?? By the discussions it is known that The information about beginning of the ...
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Strange electrical circuit

This is a question I would like to have an explanation with: It's in this PDF, question 9. In that circuit, if switch 1 is closed, bulb A burns normally. If 2 is closed as well, do other lamps ...
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How long should I leave the light on?

I remember my old physics teacher at school saying that if you switch a light on in a room and you're planning to return relatively quickly, it uses less electricity if you leave the light on until ...
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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 ...