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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 ...
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What is the power in this circuit if the voltage is doubled?

I'm actually going ahead in the book (DC Circuits) so this isn't really homework but I figured the tag was appropriate....the name of the chapter is Ohm's Law and Watt's Law. Problem: Calculate ...
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Why have they chosen this direction for current in the RC circuit? Seems pretty artificial to me

The thing is, they use this direction for current flow to derive the equation $-iR-\frac{q}{c}=0$ and then derive the equation $q(t)=Q_o e^\frac{-t}{RC}$ from the differential equation ...
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Why does current need a closed loop to flow?

My textbooks at the moment don't really explain the underlying theory of circuits. All I do is apply the rules I was taught when I solve these problems. I don't get why electrons need to have a closed ...
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Avoid dependent equations when applying Kirchoff's Laws

I tutor college students in Physics. In particular, we are currently working on solving circuits using Kirchoff's Laws. In a recent problem, I ended up with a system of linearly dependent equations ...
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How can there be current if all paths have same potential difference

I am learning about circuit analysis now, but there is something that I can't wrap my head around. Imagine this simple circuit: ...
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Thevenin's equivalent of Wheatstone bridge

I tried to calculate the Vos and Isc and both of them are zero..so the Thevenin's resistance is 0/0=undefined. How do I calculate the resistance when Vos/Isc fails,such like the Wheatstone ...
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Isn't the inductor equation negative?

The inductor "resists" change in current. So say you measure the voltage across the inductor from point A to point B - the current is flowing in from A towards B. Now say the current is increasing. ...
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Resonance Frequency of High Resistance RLC

I was measuring the resonance frequency of an RLC (all in series) circuit using an oscilloscope and a function generator. Now resonance frequency is given by: $$f_r = \frac{1}{2 \pi \sqrt{LC}}$$ In ...
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Capacitors and Resistors - Series or Parallel?

I recently came across a problem in which a 12v DC power supply is connected in parallel to (in one loop) a one microfarad capacitor and a one kilo-ohm resistor. In the other loop is a 1000 microfarad ...
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Voltage and resistors

I've read in many books and through many answers on this and other sites about this concept. Now I'm not sure what to "believe". In the subject at my university, we are taught that conducting wires ...
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What really causes terminal voltage?

In class we see how a current reduces the voltage across the battery if it has internal resistance. And we see that Vterminal=EMF-Ir. We don't really see the theory behind this, and I went on to ...
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In low voltage (3-12V) DC applications, which is safer to be exposed or touchable + or - terminal?

The - side has a surplus of $e^{-}$s and the opposite is true for the + side of the power supply. Does it not matter, or depends on your configuration / contact with Earth? Please explain!
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What is the dormant common ground between harmonic mechanical oscilators and electromagnetical ones?

When I learnt electromagnetic oscillators I couldn't help but notice that it has many common stuff with mechanical ones. I know that it had to have sinusoidal equations. I (firstly, without ...
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Drift velocity of electrons with changing area

What would happen with the drift velocity of a cylindrical resistor's diameter increases, with a given voltage between its terminals? According to the expression: \begin{align} ...
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Dependence of the Capacitance on the Material and Geometry of the Plates

I have two questions concerning capacitors: 1) We know that the capacitance of a capacitor also depend on the dielectric material inside as $C=$ $\dfrac{K \epsilon_0 A}{d}$ But what if the ...
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Power dissipation in circuits:Why is high voltage used in power lines?

I know this question has been asked before, but there is one doubt I still cannot clear. Power dissipation is proportional to $I^2R$. Does this not mean that it is also proportional to $V^2/R$? If ...
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Normal modes of two parallel $LC$ oscillators coupled via mutual inductance

Consider the circuit shown below. The two LC circuits are arranged in such a way that their mutual inductance M results in a coupling between the currents flowing in the two circuits. Find the ...
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A problem regarding equivalent resistance between two points [closed]

I came across this problem in a book which has solutions for all questions except this one. I can't get how to do this partly due my doubt whether the R and 4R resistors will get short-circuited or ...
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Voltage drop due to a resistor

I'm afraid this question is going to sound rather dumb but here it is: Suppose I have a very simple circuit: one battery and one resistor. The sum of the voltages in this circuit has to equal zero. ...
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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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Why is the loop rule from circuit theory applicable for 'any' loop?

While proving Kirchoff's loop rule in class or any physics book, we take a simple one-loop system for the proof. In such a case, the current actually goes round the loop and the same current flows ...
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What is the equivalent resistance of this bridge circuit?

I am trying but could not find any way of calculating the equivalent resistance of this circuit. Please help me. Should I use the Wheatstone Bridge equivalent resistance, the Y-$\Delta$ transform, or ...
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Why is voltage input different from voltage output in a circuit?

This is more specifically, when performing the meter bridge experiment. The meter bridge experiment is an experiment in which using the meter bridge, a jockey, voltmeter, battery eliminator, you keep ...
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Can the electric field strength of a wire simply be calculated using the voltage / length formula?

Can the electric field strength of a wire simply be calculated using the voltage / length formula: Electric Field Strength = Voltage Across Wire/ Length of Wire I am asking about a wire with current ...
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Is it possible that intermittent current is being passed in a circuit with loose connections at less than maximum capacity?

In a circuit, the wires may not have been connected properly and a connection is loose somewhere. Is it possible that intermittent current is being passed in a circuit at less than maximum capacity?
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Why is the current measured through a thin film increasing with time? (experimental question)

I'm doing an experiment: I'm thermally evaporating a metal in a vacuum onto a quartz (very insulating) substrate, between two gold contacts that I use to measure the current through the (growing) ...
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Energy of RLC circuit

If you are given a general differential equation for an RLC circuit, for example, $$L\left(\frac{d^2 Q}{dt^2}\right) + R\left(\frac{dQ}{dt}\right) + \frac QC = V\cos(\omega t),$$ which is a driven ...
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Calculating emf with and without resistance

A battery of internal resistance 2 Ohms is connected to an external resistance of 10 ohms. The current is .5 A. What is the emf of the battery? The correct answer is 6.0 V. When I calculated it like ...
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Voltmeter readings at different points in a circuit

I have a circuit with a 6 volt battery and 2 resistors A and B in that order.A has a potential drop of 2 volts and B has a P.D of 4 v. which means every electron moving across the resp. resistors ...
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Why is the current in an electric circuit constant?

Considering electrostatics, suppose we have two charges of equal value and opposite sign and we put electrons along the road between them: We know that the electrical force or field is different from ...
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What is zero impedance in AC circuit?

If a capacitor is connected with an inductor, then because $$Z=\frac{1}{j\omega C}+j\omega L,$$ the Z may be zero. Does that mean when I apply a voltage, the current will be infinite large? What's ...
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Finding power in series circuit

A resistor of resistance 12 ohms is connected in series with a cell of negligible internal resistance. The power dissipated in the resistor is P. The resistor is replaced with a resistor of resistance ...
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Application of Kirchhoff's laws in circuits with inductors

As we know,the Kirchhoff circuit laws are applicable for conservative electric fields. Now it is applicable for circuits where inductors are present but the field there is not conservative. So how ...
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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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N-type semiconductors and the number of holes?

Let us say we have Germanium which has been doped with antimony. Antinomy has a a fifth valence electron not involved in bonding. Is this electron in the valence band? I ask because all texts on the ...
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Can someone please explain impedance matching and wave reflection?

I'm reading Wikipedia's article on impedance matching (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflections_of_signals_on_conducting_lines) and this just seems so foreign to me. 1) What does it mean for a ...
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Loading a capacitor in an RC circuit

I have an RC circuit to which I am going to apply voltages of 5V every 100ns. So every 100ns, the capacitor will change its "state" from charging up to uncharging. I have been trying to find the a ...
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Simple confusion about parallel resistors

that tension generator has 1V , Can i just ignore it and apply the parallel resistors theorem R= R1R2/R1 + R2 ? and replace R1 and R2 by R? if the generator wasn't there this would be easy
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Can Thevenin voltage ever be negative?

So in context of Thevenin's and Norton's theorem, can Thevenin voltage $V_{th}$, as in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thevenin_theorem, ever be negative? I know that $R_{th}$ can be negative, but never ...
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How to calculate current flowing down a wire connecting charge to ground

If charge Q is connected to ground through a wire, how would you calculate the current that flows as a function of time? No other information is given. I have not seen this type of problem in the ...
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Getting maximum power/brightness from 5 lightbulbs with different resistances [closed]

Hi I am trying to figure out the best way to arrange 5 lightbulbs to get all of them to have the maximum brightness with a 30V battery. The 5 five lightbulbs have different resistances: 3ohms, 6ohms, ...
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How to deal with a $0\Omega$ resistor connected in parallel? [closed]

There is a side without resistance, what is the equivalent resistance? Can anyone help me solve this?
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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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I wonder why I cannot charge a capacitor with alternating current?

Why can't I charge the capacitor with AC? How do the plates block the flow of electrons with DC but not with AC. Somebody told me that the DC is blocked by the capacitor, so the capacitor gets ...