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

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### What does “Receptor” convention refers to in RC circuits?

my question is How can we choose the convention in a circuit and what does it refer to ? Especially for a Capacitor I hear the terms "passive sign convention..." "receptor convention ..." "generator ...
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### How is a potential difference created between two points?

I would like to know how potential difference is created between two points?Is potential difference created by adding more electrons at one side?If that's the case how to add more electrons at one ...
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### Resistance increase with length because of more scattering?

I am referring to one of the answers to this old question. I can't add comment to it because I don't have enough reputation. So here I rephrase the question: does resistance increase with length ...
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### Why is the total potential difference in a circuit the sum of the individual potential differences?

I am having difficulty in applying my understanding of electrical potential to circuits. Why is the total potential difference in a circuit the sum of the individual potential differences among ...
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### Potential Difference in a wire with no current

Recently I encountered a circuit problem. Imagine, you have an ordinary circuit with a resistor and a battery($60\,\mathrm{V}$ emf and negligible internal resistance denoted by r) with a switch($S_1$) ...
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### By which equivalent circuit (RC serie or RL serie) can I substitute the following circuit?

I was trying to solve the following question: "Assuming that ๐ = ๐๐ค๐, ๐ = ๐๐๐, ๐๐ = ๐๐ฆ๐, ๐๐ = ๐๐ฆ๐, ๐ ๐ = ๐๐๐ rad/s, tell if the circuit can be substituted by an equivalent RC ...
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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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### Capacitor/Inductor Resonance

I am struggling to understand the concept on resonance in electric circuits. I understand that a inductor builds up a charge on it, then the current flows to the capacitor, charging it. But then ...
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### Even when the drift velocity of the electrons is very small, how is current in the circuit established immediately?

So I have this question in my textbook and Ive also got it in my test. Ive written a wrong answer. My friend wrote the drift velocities of each particle add up and he got full marks. Is it right? Can ...
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### Are magnetic hysteresis losses relevant to alternating currents flowing in a wire?

Say we have an AC in a magnetically lossy material, like iron. Because of iron's relatively high permeability, skin effect will be more pronounced than it is in say, copper, so this iron wire isn't so ...
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### Earthing, neutral and Earth's conductivity

Ok so this is gonna be a lot of mini-questions. What exactly is the neutral wire? How does earth conduct electricity for a live AC mains even though its just dirt and stones (it should be an ...
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### What is capacitance, in general?

In circuit analysis software capacitance can be measured between any two nodes of a circuit or of a multiterminal device. In practical terms we take $C_{ij}$, the capacitance between $i$ and $j$ as ...
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### What happens when an AC source is connected to a capacitor and a LED?

When a DC source is connected to a capacitor and a LED, and the voltage is removed when capacitor is charged, the capacitor supplies current to it for some time. What happens if this DC source is ...
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### holes in an electronic circuit [closed]

Many times, by looking at electronics circuits I noticed that they have like small holes printed in yhem. The question I want to ask is, what s the purpose of these holes?
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### Which makes for a better equivalent capacitor? In series or in parrallel? [closed]

I understand how capacitors in series and in parallel work. However, I am wondering if it makes a difference, in terms of making a better capacitor that can store more charge, would you connect them ...
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### Laser as an optical oscillator

How can Laser can be compared to a positive feedback amplifier? Does the two conditions for oscillator holds good for lasers too.
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### Is power still consumed when we switch off the lights?

I was having heated discussion with one of my friends. We were discussing Earth Hour and its role in saving electricity, and creating awareness. He stated that even if you turn off the lights, the ...
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### Resistor in series

We know that when a resistor is connected in series , the current flowing through that resistor will be constant.But how do we use a resistor to limit the current flowing through a circuit ,when ...
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### Proof of Kirchoff's second law [closed]

There are 2 approaches I have stumbled to prove Kirchhoff's second law: Derive it from the conservation of energy. You can derive that from "integral of E*ds = 0". Can you show me a full or at ...
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### Elementary derivation of $P = UI$ starting from the definition of voltage as work done per unit charge

Consider the following elementary derivation of the formula $P = VI$ for Joule heating of a resistor $R$ for the dissipated power $P$ where the voltage over the resistor is $V$ and the current $I$. ...
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I'm learning electromagnetism from Purcell's book. He say that if we have the following circuit: $$-\frac QC + RI = \mathcal E_0\cos\omega t~,\quad I = -\frac{\mathrm dQ}{\mathrm dt}$$ The ...
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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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### Possible reasons of electrocution in a good earthed appliance during sudden power off [closed]

I was working in a industry. When I was using a machine, I felt slight electrical shock at the exact moment when the power supply went off. The machine is properly earthed. In spite of that I got ...
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### What's the back EMF on a spherical conductor suddenly surrounded by a negatively charged shell?

Suppose one has a spherical conductor of radius r. Suppose it is suddenly surrounded by a negatively charged shell. The conductor will rush to balance out the voltage. However, this changing current ...
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### When happens to the current during reversed biased?

The main working function of a half wave rectifier is to convert AC current to DC. My problem is to understand during the negative cycle. The above picture is time versus current. We can see easily ...
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### How to calculate the resistance of a resistors in a grid?

I've found a lot of example of a grid where you want to total resistance of a grid. My problem is different. Let's say you got a grid of resistance (3x3) but you only have the total resistance between ...
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### How does symmetry allow a rapid determination of the current between $A$ and $B$?

The following was originally given to me as a homework question at my physics 2 course: Consider the following circuit The difference of potentials between the point $V_{1}$and the ...
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### Why Thevenin's theorem is being violated?

in the given picture we need to find the current flowing through the 3 ohm resistor. Applying KVL we can find the current as 4 amps but if we thevenise the circuit at terminal a-b then the current we ...
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### Behavior of coil and resistance in DC circuit [closed]

I have a simple circuit of a coil parallel to a resistance and then in series with another resistance. I wanted to understand the behavior of this circuit so I ran a simulation, and what I noticed is ...
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### What is the strength of the magnetic field required to penetrate an average human body?

Introduction Suppose you are an experimental nanobot researcher trial-ling a new form of medication that involves activation and control of nanobots within the cells of the interior of the human body ...
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### Is peak voltage or peak current kept constant when we change resistance in an AC circuit?

I found online that Ohm's law still applies to an AC circuit and that $V_{peak} = RI_{peak}$. However, I can't seem to find anywhere weather an AC source will : Act as a voltage source and keep its ...
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### Circuit theory paradox - Unexpected results [closed]

I recently studied capacitors and found out that there is something called 'ideal circuit paradox'. Searching Google I found that one can cannot find the potential difference between two points in a ...
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### Why is there only a drop in potential energy when charges flow through a resistor?

First, I read that if you move a charge (say a positive charge) against an electric field, its electric potential energy increases because you're doing work to move the charge to that position. I also ...
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### How much energy was consumed when we turn on/off light?

My parents told me to turn off the light when I am not using it. But I remember my physics teacher told me that the action of turning on/off a light can cause huge energy. I am wondering how much is ...
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### Different voltage drops depending on the path

I was working through a problem in electromagnetic induction when I discovered that I have a fundamental ignorance of some sort that is puzzling me. Consider a circular wire, at rest, perpendicular ...
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### Is it possible to measure the resistivity of something using A.C. Current and a capacitor?

I've read that A.C. current "passes" through a capacitor. Is it possible to use this and measure the resistivity of the medium between the plates? Any sources or links would be appreciated.
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### Armature of electric bell [closed]

I want to know that why is the armature of the electric bell made up of soft iron ? I googled this out and everywhere it was written that it is because of its propert to aquire electromagnetism but I ...
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### How can be the neutral wire at 0 volts when current flowing through it?

Voltage is potential difference, and current flows because of voltage. So if the voltage is zero, how can current flow through the neutral wire.
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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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### Why does the current stay the same in a circuit?

I was informed that in a circuit, the current will stay the same, and this is why the lightbulbs will light up (because in order for the current to stay the same, the drift speed of the electrons need ...
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### General integral to find resistance

My question is: is there a simple and truly general equation for the resistance between two electrical equipotential surfaces?. Obviously, if so, what is it, and if not, why? It would be very ...
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### Resistor homework assignment: 7 resistors with connected triangles [closed]

I am a lost in how to solve this problem, since I don't how where to start. The questions doesn't inform any voltage or current, asking only the equivalent resistance of the circuit. All resistors ...
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### The electric field in wires in a circuit

I have a hard time really understanding the electric field in a complete curcuit. How is the electric field maintained throughout the wiring / the conductors from component to component? The charges ...
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### What is the current in a circuit with two voltage sources in series? [closed]

What happens? We have 2 voltage sources and 2 currents. When I2 and I3 come together (they have opposite sides), what happens? I tried writing down the voltage relations but I'm stuck because I don't ...
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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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### Resistance Distance in large electrical networks

I am not tremendously familiar with electrical circuits (I have some memories, but too long ago) and now I have come accross a problem where I need to compute the resistance distance in a graph. So, ...
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### Why is it that for a source of emf, current flows from lower to higher potential?

I'm quite confused about this actually! In fact, I had always thought current flows from a region of higher potential to a lower one. Does it have anything to do with the fact that it's a source of ...
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### Difference in directions of charge and current.?

I just dont understand that why does charge flow in a different direction as that if current when current is the rate of flow of charge.