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

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Power dissipated in Series versus Parallel

Do two resistors in parallel dissipate more heat per unit time for an applied voltage when compared to two resistors in series?
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Potential Difference of a wire?

Imagine a circuit with only a 12 Volts battery and a wire connecting the ends of the battery. Point A and point B lies on the wire. What is then the potential difference between point A and B if the ...
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“Bump and Go” toy car mechanism [closed]

Can anyone please explain how the bump-and-go mechanism works in "old-school" toy cars? It's the one that uses a single swivelling wheel in the front, and when resistance is encountered (due to the ...
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How to understand this circuit? [closed]

I don't if here is the right place to ask it, but there I go: I'm studying about Ohm's Law, and the following problem perplexed me. Ps: The answer is It = 11mA and Ur = 41V It want to know the Ut ...
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Analyzing the voltage output of clampers

Let us say that we have the following negative clamper circuit with a 50 volt peak-to-peak square wave as an input: The output from the circuit is a -50 volt square wave with the peak positive ...
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Explaining the current flow of the positive shunt clipper (diodes)

I am currently studying clippers or parallel limiters in the Navy and I was wondering if someone could clear up a few things for me. Here is a picture that fits my description: A clipper has a ...
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Why didn't all three of my electrical fuses ignite? [closed]

I built a rocket that used 3 x solid fuel motors. To ignite them I used 3 electrical fuses, which are basically a thin filament of wire which heats up when given enough voltage. Only 2 of the 3 fuses ...
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$Q$ factor of parallel RLC circuit in series with a capacitor and resistor

I know that for parallel RLC circuits, the $Q$ factor is given by: $$ Q = R \sqrt {\frac{C}{L}} $$ But now suppose it is connected in series to a resistor $R_2$ and capacitor $C_2$. Would the $Q$ ...
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What is the potential difference across the lamp? [closed]

For all problems, assume that the battery voltage and lamp resistances are constant, no matter what current is present. A 75-W lamp is connected to $125 V$. What is the current through the lamp? ...
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What is the difference between a circuit with a resistor and one without it in energy terms?

In Fundamentals of Physics (HRW), an equation is derived for the current in a circuit in terms of its emf and resistance by the 'Energy method'; that is, deriving $\epsilon = i \cdot r$ and saying ...
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RL vs RC circuits

I find it difficult to understand as to why current behaves differently in an RL and an RC circuit. At time $t=0$, in an RC circuit the current is maximum, whereas in an RL circuit its $0$. Why is it ...
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Graphs of electric quantities for cell with internal resistance [closed]

A cell of EMF $E$ and internal resistance $r$ is connected to an external resistance $R$. Draw graphs to show the variation of (a) $E$ with $R$, and (b) terminal potential difference $V$ of the cell ...
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Where does electricity go from a solar panel that is not plugged in to anything?

I found a similar question here on this site, but my question is slightly different. If a solar panel is exposed to sunlight but is not plugged in to anything--dc load, inverter, etc--where does that ...
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How to use phasor method for analyzing electrical circuits when current has DC components

So let's say that we have a electrical circuit with a current source that is sinusoidal, but has DC offsets. How then do we convert this $i(t)$ into phasor $I$? Or is this generally impossible?
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Finding the current in the circuit [closed]

I don't understand the logic of finding a current. I think I can find it using nodal analysis or mesh analysis, but I want to understand the method. Here is an example: I want to find $I_0$.
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What causes a resistor to heat up?

In the following video clip at 2:10, http://www.youtube.com/v/YslOUw5oueQ , Professor Walter Lewin talks about a misconception people have that the energy going through a wire to a resistor is in ...
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Why doesn't current flow when the wire is open?

I realize this may be a hard to answer question but we are currently studying current in our school. One thing that struck me was why the heck doesn't it flow when the wire's closed? When you connect ...
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Since no current flows, the voltage is 0?

I didn't understand that , "Since no current flows in the ammeter the potentioal difference is 0 " How did they conclude that? I made this example So i made this example in paints , (R square ...
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Johnson-Nyquist noise for resistive element with temperature gradient

In Nyquist's 1928 paper, Thermal agitation of electric charge in conductors, the voltage noise for a resistor is derived assuming a circuit in thermal equilibrium and one temperature. How does the ...
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How to accurately mark with arrows an electric circuit

As I understood, we choose to mark the current with arrows going from the plus pole to the minus pole (even though we know that in reality it is the contrary). As I'm looking at electric circuits, I ...
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Voltage drop = more electrons on one side of resistor

I have been asking myself this question for a long time now. Suppose we have two resistors in series connected to a voltage source. Simply put, does the voltage drop on each resistor mean that there ...
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Definition of Equivalent Resistance [duplicate]

Is the equivalent resistance of two parallel resistors the resistance of the individual resistors or the sum of their resistances? Is the $R_e$ of two series resistors their sum?
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Explain why the frequency cutoff for RL circuits is given by $\frac{R}{2\pi L}$

I am studying low and high pass RL filters for Navy schooling. I need someone explain why the frequency cutoff is $fco = \frac{R}{2\pi L}$ mathematically. From my oscilloscope lab results I got the ...
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Why is equivalent resistance in parallel circuit always less than each individual resistor?

There are $n$ resistors connected in a parallel combination given below. $$\frac{1}{R_{ev}}=\frac{1}{R_{1}}+\frac{1}{R_{2}}+\frac{1}{R_{3}}+\frac{1}{R_{4}}+\frac{1}{R_{5}}.......\frac{1}{R_{n}}$$ ...
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Discharging capacitor

When the capacitor is fully charged and the switch as it B, how can we apply KVL at that loop to reduce the equation to (-IR)? Why is it negative? At time = 0 is the current not zero? And it will ...
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Greatest and Least Resistance and Current Characteristics of Parallel vs Series circuits

Which type of circuit would have the greater resistance? Which type would have the greater current? and Why? My book says that parallel has the greater resistance than current as parallel wiring if ...
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Make a circuit so that it heats water as rapidly as possible

To do this I understand that we need to create the greatest power. What I don't understand is why would we need to use a parallel circuit instead of a series circuit to create the greater power?
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Why are ammeters used in series and voltmeters in parallel?

As I'm reading a course on electricity, this one says that an ammeter should be branched inline and not on a bridge. Can someone explain to me physically why we branch a amperemeter inline and a ...
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Voltage in a parallel circuit [duplicate]

Why is voltage same across a parallel circuit? I mean what makes the voltage remain same across two resistors connected in parallel? If an electric heater is connected in parallel with a bulb and ...
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Negative charge on capacitor, Kirchoff differential equation with step function

I'm solving a differential equation of the form $$200q'+\frac{200}{3}q=3U_o-6U_6+3U_{12}$$ Where $U$ is the Heaviside step function. $q(0)=0 [Coulombs] $ After solving it, I get that at time $t=18$ ...
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Is voltage difference always proportional to its derivative?

We write, because of Ohm's law: $$V=RI(t),$$ but also we have $$C\frac{dV}{dt}=I(t).$$ From the first equation we deduce that $V\propto I$ and from the second $\dot V\propto I$. So we can conclude ...
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Questions about the formula used to determine inductive reactance and $Z_t$

I am currently on the inductors unit in my Navy schooling and I have two questions about these formulas that I learned about. As I'm aware, the ability of an inductor to concentrate a magnetic field ...
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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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Physical explanation for capacitive circuit

In capacitive circuit, the voltage and current are out of phase. the current leads the voltage by 90 degrees. this can be explained by these two equations: $$V = V_{\max} \sin \omega t$$ $$I = ...
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Why is the voltage negative?

What I don't understand is why the the two voltage sources are subtracted when working out the emf for part a, The graph does not show the orientation of the solar panel so I thought I was to ...
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Determining energy stored in capacitor and inductor in RLC circuit

I've been stuck on the following homework problem for a few hours now with little progress. As you can see, it's a relatively simple RLC circuit with a couple independent sources and a ...
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how can we apply the formula p=VI in power transmission lines?

i mean we don't know the value of voltage across the power lines...we just know the potential at which it is generated which is not the potential difference across its ends..say electricity is ...
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Why the bulb does not glow in this configuration of batteries?

I connected a bulb to a battery positive terminals with positive and negative terminals with negative . It glows as it should but when i connect the positive terminal of the same bulb to the positive ...
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Calculating Boltzmann constant using semiconductor

My task from the latest laboratory exercise in physics is to calculate Boltzmann constant from known temperature, current and voltage. We were given this circuit: By changing the resistor value, I ...
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Sign conventions in Devoret Les Houches course on quantum fluctuations in electrical circuits

In this article on p. 364 Devoret writes the "equations of motion" (using KCL) for the electric circuit shown on p. 363. He uses flux instead of voltages. The sign convention he uses, as shown on p. ...
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Can we double the electric energy?

If I have $x$ amount of electrical energy and convert that into mechanical energy using an AC Motor, and then convert that energy back into electric using an AC generator, will the amount of energy ...
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2 simple Generators = Im lost (intensity) [closed]

What happens? we have 2 Generators and 2 intensities, 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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Justification of root mean square [duplicate]

In the top answer to the question Why do we use Root Mean Square (RMS) values when talking about AC voltage, the following was stated: This RMS is a mathematical quantity (used in many math ...
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Is it safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm?

I need "educated" reasons whether it is safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm. Most people said don't use it but they cannot explain why.
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Voltage divider example [closed]

I have the following voltage divider circuit: Now, my goal is to find U_{L}. Altough, I know already the solution (U_{L}= ...
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Solving for current in a circuit problem (image included)

I need to find $I_{R_2}$ and I need someone to explain why $I_T = I_{R_1} = 1 mA$. I thought that we were supposed to use the fact that $I_T = I_{R_1} + I_{R_2} + I_{R_3}$: ! I have solved for $R_T ...
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Capacitors in Series and Parallel [closed]

I'm working on a physics project and we're disagreeing on how to analyze a circuit. I think the circuit should be $(1/c_1 + 1/c_2)^{-1} + c_3$ and other people in my group think it should be $((c_3 + ...
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What is the smallest resistance that can be used in a 5 V circuit if the resistors available are rated for 1/4 W? [closed]

What is the smallest resistance that can be used in a 5 V circuit if the resistors available are rated for 1/4 W? What is kind of throwing me is that it wants the "smallest resistance that can be ...
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Explain why we use this formula to calculate total resistance [duplicate]

Why do we use this formula to find the total resistance? Lets say we have three resistors in a parallel circuit $$R_t = \frac{1}{\frac{1}{R_1} + \frac{1}{R_2} + \frac{1}{R_3}}$$ Where does it come ...
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What is the ohmic value of a resistor that will dissipate 1 W when the voltage across it is 2 V?

I've been learning about Ohm's and Watt's law throughout this chapter so I'm already familiar with substituting Ohm's Law for part of Watt's law to get values. But nowhere in the chapter did it go ...