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

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Why and how does symmetry work in circuits?

Why symmetry work in circuits? In my book there is no mention explanation as such for symmetry arguments and circuits. But there are circuits that are very difficult to solve without symmetry. Also I ...
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In an alternating current, do electrons flow from the source to the device?

If electrons in an alternating current periodically reverse their direction, do they really flow? Won't they always come back to the same position?
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Inductively coupled DC circuit

The circuit under consideration has two inductively coupled loops, one with a DC battery, inductor, and resistor in series. The other loop has two inductors, one inductively coupled to the first, the ...
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Why does the presence of a battery change whether a circuit is in parallel or series?

If I take a closed circuit with two capacitors and a voltage difference, the circuit is apparently in parallel, but if I introduce a battery, the circuit is in series. Why does the presence of the ...
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Flow of electrons in a circuit

When the electrons flow in a circuit, so are those the electrons from the battery or are those the electrons of conductor like copper wire, etc..which are flowing in the circuit?
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Positive test charge

Protons have positive charge on them. Protons aren't mobile. So how can a positive test charge move from the negative terminal of a cell to the positive terminal and gain electric potential energy? ...
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Are there general circuits that differentiate/integrate empirically?

Is it possible to construct simple circuits, that given a time-varying input, produce an output that represents the derivative or integral of the input with respect to time?
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Can a battery charger be too powerful for a rechargeable battery?

I got the impression that a regular iPhone charger can charge the iPhone and the iPhone won't become too hot while charging, and the charging time is standard, but if using the 10W iPad charger to ...
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What is the current through the lamp?

We have the following circuit: A neon lamp and a inductor are connected in parallel to a battery of 1.5 $V$. The inductor has a 1000 loops, a length of $5.0 cm$, an area of $12cm^2$ and a ...
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How are current and voltage out of phase in capacitive circuit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Physical explanation for capacitive circuit We say that in capacitive circuit, the voltage and current are out of phase. Current is 90 (degrees) ahead of voltage. What ...
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Explanation of the Graetz circuit

My knowledge of circuits is pretty rudimentary and I've never really understood circuits, so I'm having trouble with the concept of Graetz circuits: When you register the voltage on the resistor R ...
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Effective resistance of inductor

In a lab experiment, we connected a simple circuit: an AC voltage source, connected (in series) to a variable resistor and an inductor. We measured the current in the circuit, and the voltage that ...
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Instantaneous current after battery unplugged in RL circuit?

I've been racking my brain over this, and I can't find any clues in my textbook as to how to approach it. I have the following circuit: My goal is to find R such that, right after the switch is ...
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Electric field of not-grounded conducting plate with a given potential?

I have been trying to find an equation (or some solution) of how to calculate the electric field strength (in N/C) of a conducting rectangular (nearly flat) plate which has non-zero potential to it, ...
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Why can't a superconductor make a DC motor self sustaining?

Superconducting wire can host a low current magnetic field. I do not know if it supports a corresponding electrical field. Can a superconducting wire that sustains a current accelerate a DC motor? ...
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The “Nerd Sniping” problem. Generalizations?

This question is motivated by this xkcd comic strip . The problem is indeed interesting, and my first recollection upon reading this was a similar problem in the book Problems in General Physics by ...
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How do I solve the current of this resistor using Maxwell's Current Theorem?

I've been trying to solve this using the method the prof. taught us, and I happen to know the answer but I can't reach it no matter how many times I've tried. The circuit in question is below: I am ...
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Compute closed line integral of electric field in circuit

I have a circuit where resistor is parallel to capacitor, which is charged with voltage U. How to compute line integral around closed loop to get the result of Kirchhof second law - ...
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Braess's Paradox in Electrical Circuits

According to this and other similar papers, http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v352/n6337/abs/352699a0.html, adding a current-carrying path can increase the voltage drop across a circuit. What is ...
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Impedance Matching

When viewing fast pulses on an oscilloscope, why is impedance matching required? I'm not totally clear on why. I'm guessing it is because I don't want 'ringing' and because I want signal integrity.
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Solving a rather unusual (diagonal) circuit

I have problems solving an electric circuit. I need to find the red drawn "I" (Current). However the way the electric circuit is drawn strikes me. I have very basic knowledge of physics and my skills ...
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Solving a circuit with Kirchoff/Ohms Law

Good evening, I haven't had physics since year 7 and now I need to use elementary things in university. Since I lack a lot of basics I am now trying my best to fill these holes. Currently I am stuck ...
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Confusion about P=VI and V=IR

If we look at $P=VI$, we see that if the current doubles then the potential difference is halved but this doesn't seem to make sense according to $V=IR$. If we look at that equation, since the ...
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What is the electric current $I_{12}$ and voltage $U_{12}$ in following electric circuit? [closed]

What is the electric current $I_{12}$ and voltage $U_{12}$ in following electric circuit? $I_{12}$ and $U_{12}$ are between points 1 and 2. . I have used this in constructing this electric circuit ...
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What is current of electric circuit which has only one component - a battery (or cell)? [closed]

What is current of electric circuit which has only one component a battery (or cell)? Explain why.
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Electromotive force

EMF is defined as: "The potential difference across the terminals of a battery or dry cell when it is giving no current to the circuit." So, if current starts to flow from the ...
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Modeling stochastic process with frequency-dependent power spectrum

I'm trying to model of Johnson-Nyquist noise propagation in a nonlinear circuit. An ideal (linear) resistor can be modeled very nicely by the Fokker-Planck equation (equivalently, the drift-diffusion ...
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Wheatstone Bridge

Why is using a Wheatstone bridge such an accurate way of calculating an unknown resistance? What are the benefits of using it over Ohm's law? It seems that it has something to do with the wires ...
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Voltage and resistance in series connection

In a series connection with n elements it is true that (voltage): $$V = V_1 + V_2 + ... +V_n$$ and (resistance): $$R = R_1 + R_2 + ... +R_n$$ If I know one of these I can infer the other. But is ...
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Derivation of Ohm's Law

Is it possible to derive Ohm's law (perhaps in some appropriate limit) from Maxwell's Equations?
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Why is current not 0 in a regular resistor - battery circuit immediately after you closed a circuit?

In regular open circuits with either a capacitor or inductor element, (when capacitor is uncharged) with a battery, when a switch is closed to complete the circuit the current is said to be 0 because ...
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Battery fully loaded, pull out the chord?

I recently bought a new phone (Samsung Galaxy 3) and when the battery is fully loaded, it says like "Battery fully loaded, pull out the chord". Is this a typo from Samsung, or would there ...
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What are the characteristics of a quadripole circuit element?

I'm reading Music, Physics and Engineering (H. Olson 1967), and contains models of musical instruments as electric circuits, i.e. uses the analogies between electrical circuits and mechanical ...
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Can inductance or resistance be negative or “infinite”?

Since the potential different or voltage drop is positive (am I allow to say voltage drop or potential difference in the presence of a changing current?), the current flows from right to left since ...
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How are quantum potential wells fabricated?

Potential wells, such as infinite and finite potential well, have been the standard examples in quantum mechanics textbooks for tens of years. They started being only theoretical toy models but as ...
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Algorithmic approach for applying Kirchhoff's Rules to circuit analysis

Working with Kirchhoff's rules, I am attempting to device an algorithmic approach to finding the unknowns of the problems, I am of a Computer Science background and I am finding it difficult to ...
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what exactly do electric waves transfer from one point of the wire to other..? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how does electricity propagate in a conductor? so basically i was considering the speed of the charges inside wire defined by the drift velocity and speed of electric ...
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Imaginary voltage in simple RC circuit

As a homework assignment, we have to find $U_a(\omega)$, that is the voltage that drops over the right resistor in relation to the frequency $\omega$ of the input AC voltage $U_e$. For the two ...
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Distorted colors of Google StreetView photographs near electric power lines

This is a followup to my question: Cyclist's electrical tingling under power lines Some users presented a convincing picture that the electric shocks under power lines are primarily from the ...
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Could a variable capacitor divider replace a Variac?

Hmmm... You can definitely drop down the voltage, and ideal capacitors don't dissipate any power. So it seems, at first glance, that you could use a capacitor divider as a lossless voltage step-down ...
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Power dissipated in resistor

Suppose one has a circuit consisting of an inductor $L$ and resistor $R$ in series where $L$ and $R$ are known, passes an alternating voltage of frequency $\omega$ through it and that one wishes to ...
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Does using batteries in a series raise the overall Wh's of the batteries used? Why/Why Not?

If one has 2 batteries of 6 Volts each with 500 mAh each, then separately the batteries should provide 6 Volts * 500 mAh = 3 Wh each or 6 Wh total. However would it be the case that if someone where ...
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Emf Of a Cell in a common circuit

My questions will be based on the above figure. The Emf Source V1 and R1 Together form a cell(R1 is internal resistance) R2 Represents the entire load on the source VoltMeter My teacher told ...
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RC circuit theory and voltage in the capacitor vs Ohm's Law

Consider a simple series RC circuit at steady state (capacitor is full). I've been told that once the capacitor is full we can literally "cut" the circuit because no current can flow. That ...
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Measure the voltage of a resistor without error

We have a simple circuit given, a resistor $R_x$ and a fixed current source with $I = 50 \, \mathrm{\mu A}$. Now over the resistor there is a currentmeter which has an internal resistance. In any case ...
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Current against the inverse of resistance graph, $I = V/R +c$

If I have a plot of current ($y$ axis) against 1/Resistance ($x$ axis). The circuit it is measured from is a simply 2 resistors connected in parallel to battery, where the potential across the ...
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Lightbulbs in circuits. Why does the current go UP? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the light bulb's brightness decrease? So I have a circuit in the picture with three resistors. If I were to remove/disconnect $R_2$ from the circuit, ...
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Why does the light bulb's brightness decrease?

The book said that the brightness of R1 would increase and R2 would decrease. I don't understand this at all. Why does adding a wire from b to c change anything to R1? Shouldn't charge still flow ...
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Is it true that capacitors closer to a power source charges quicker and gets priority?

Let's say I hook two capacitor in a parallel circuit with a voltage source. Would the capacitor closer to the battery be charged up first? Because when the voltage excites and draws electrons from the ...
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How does energy depend on frequency in an alternating current circuit?

In what relation is the energy input in an alternating current circuit to its frequency? I'd guess I have to compute something like $$E=\int P(\omega,t) dt=\int U(\omega,t) I(\omega,t) dt, $$ but ...