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

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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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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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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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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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Parallel or series connection?

Are C1, C2 and C3 connected in parallel, or C2, C3 in parallel and C1 in series with C23? Btw it appeared as a question in the basic physics Albanian A-levels yesterday. You had to find the ...
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How does power consumption vary with the processor frequency in a typical computer?

I am looking for an estimate on the relationship between the rate of increase of power usage as the frequency of the processor is increased. Any references to findings on this would be helpful.
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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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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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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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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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Capacitor circuits with light bulb

Let's say we have a normal circuit with a light bulb, with wires and a battery. When one places a capacitor in this circuit, how is the light bulb able to light up, even when the capacitor prevents ...
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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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Specific differential equation in RLC circuit

I have been studying differential equations in RLC circuits: specifically I am looking at a generator with fixed EMF $=E$,a capacitor $C$, an inductor with inductance $L$ and internal resistance ...
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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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Voltage across an inductor contradicts Lenz's law?

Imagine a simple circuit consisting of an alternating current source connected to an inductor. Assume they are connected in the following fashion: AC source - terminal A - Inductor - terminal B - AC ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The shape of the graph of the equation: $V= -r I + E$

I have recently collected data (for a school experiment) in order to measure the EMF and the internal resistance of a solar cell. The data complied with the equation: $V = -rI + E$, i.e. the voltage ...
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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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Why does the thickness of a wire affect resistance?

For small thicknesses of wire, it's pretty obvious why resistance affects thickness. (The electronics squeeze to get through). But after a certain thickness shouldn't the thickness become irrelevant? ...
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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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Understanding frequency of a signal

I'm trying to understand how can one transmit different signals on a same copper wire using different frequencies. How does the electrons actually interact with the frequency? And how does the ...
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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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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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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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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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Why isn't resistance proportional to distance squared

Here we have a wire. At both ends there is an equal and opposite field caused by a chemical reaction. So, if we decrease or increase the distance between the two points, the strength of the field ...
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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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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 ...
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$V = V_1 + V_2$ confusion? Why is my “proof ”incorrect? [closed]

Why isn't $V= V_1 + V_2$? $V=V_a - V_c = V_a - V_b + V_b - V_c$, $V_a - V_b= V_1$ and $V_b - V_c = V_2$ Doesn't that prove that $V = V_1 + V_2$? Regardless of $V_3$, If i'm wrong , is there a way ...
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Is $V= V_1 + V_2$? horrible question but im confused [duplicate]

So yeah , the answer seems true but i'm very skeptical about it since D3 is in the middle
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How do electrons actually move in a circuit?

Last year, we were taught about electricity, about how electrons in a closed circuit. But as our teacher had not taught us about electric fields yet, she gave us a simplified model of motion of ...
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Parallel and series circuit problem

When two resistors, each of resistance 4.0 ohms, are connected in parallel with a battery, the current leaving the battery is 3.0 A. When the same two resistors are connected in series with the ...