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

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What would be the effective resistance of the ladder of resistors having n steps

I'm a tutor. This is a high school level problem. In high school, every one have might have solved a problem of effective resistance of a ladder of resistors having infinite steps. Now the problem is ...
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Why does electrical impedance have as many parameters as it has?

The impedance of a circuit is written: $$ Z(R,L,C,f) = R + j ( 2 \pi f L - \frac{1}{2 \pi f C} ). $$ What is the line of thinking that frequency, resistance, capacitance, and inductance are the only ...
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Does a current carrying wire produce electric field outside?

In the modern texts of electromagnetism in the presence of stationary currents the electric field is assumed conservative $\nabla \times E =0 $. Using this we get $E_{||}^{out}=E_{||}^{in}$ which ...
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Effect on capacitance when capacitor number increased [closed]

What happens to total charge and potential difference when number of capacitors increased in series and parallel combination? My question in text book is: Initially, a single capacitance $C_1$ is ...
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Is it possible to flow current in open circuit?

As I know a battery is an example of a closed circuit where it can then produce electricity , electrons will flow from negative pole to positive. A chemistry representation of this battery is for ...
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Quality Factor in a Parallel LC Circuit

I was wondering if there is a notion of a quality factor in a parallel LC circuit, since there is no resistance. One can show that this circuit has a resonance frequency as follows: Impedance: ...
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AC pass through capacitor

I am confused how AC pass through a capacitor? Can any one explain or have the vedio how AC pass through capacitor?
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What exactly happens in an electric circuit?

After reading chapters on Electrostatics, I have been having lots of problems in understanding current electricity.I will be trying to tell what my problems are by telling what I already know.Please ...
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How can there be a current and an electric field in an idealized wire with no voltage drop?

In an ideal circuit, How can there be a current b/w points a & b, when there is no potential difference and thus no electric field between a & b? If there is no current, then where does ...
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Ohmic Heating in Wires

please could someone tell me why Ohmic losses are always referred to as $I^2 R$ losses? Here is my problem. If the power coming from a power station is fixed then you can either deliver this power as ...
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How do Zener diodes work?

I was going through some of the theory behind Zener diodes. I know what they're used to work at constant voltage, but I don't know how they work. Actually, I kind of get that too, I know that voltage ...
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Initial current, RC Circuit

The task goes like this: The voltage between the points A and B, in the circuit diagram below, is 100 V. What's the initial current through the resistor when we close the switch S? (Other components - ...
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Ohm's Law Question?

Since $V=IR$, if you were to have say a $5\:\mathrm{V}$ source connected directly to ground, no components in the circuit at all, you would need to add resistance for the current to flow? Or is there ...
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Why does the resistance halve when two resistors of equal resistance are in parallel? [closed]

This is the question and answer to a homework question and I do not understand why this is the case. What is the logic behind it?
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Equivalent Resistance [duplicate]

I've never had problems in finding the $R_{eq}$ of a circuit, but in this case I don't really know how to do it:
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What does a negative Thevenin-equivalent resistance mean?

What is the physical meaning of negative value of "Thevenin" resistance? Sometimes in the calculations, a negative value of Thevenin resistance appears.
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Confusion with potential difference [closed]

I was trying to solve a hard problem involving a circuit like this: Find the reading on the voltmeter (red ones are resistors) I don't know how to think about potential difference across branches ...
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Calculating the energy supplied by a battery

If you wanted to calculate the energy supplied by a battery in time $t$ you would use $E=VIt$ where $I$ is the current through the battery. If the internal resistance is $r$ we could also use ...
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Non-conservative Electric Field

I was watching this video from Walter Lewin and while watching these two videos, I noticed there is a "contradiction" in what he is doing. All links direct you exactly to where he begins, so you don't ...
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Experiment for finding resistivity

I was reading an experiment to measure the resistivity of a wire. I understand everything except for why the variable resistor is connected to the side of the positive terminal of the battery. Since ...
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Calculating resistances in parallel

I was playing around with a question involving resistances in parallel. I realized that $n$ equal resistors (resistance $R$) in parallel have combined resistance $R/n$. I proved this using ...
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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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Resistors in parallel: How do I make this rigorous? [closed]

In my revision guide it says "when two resistors are in parallel, the current has two paths it can flow through so there is less opposition to the current. This is why the combined resistance is less ...
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Need help understanding appliance ratings

I keep coming across things like "A filament lamp rated 12 V, 1.0 A", or "a heating element rated 230V, 500W". I think the first one is saying that a 12V potential difference across it will make a ...
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Difficulty understanding electricity concepts

In circuit diagrams what does it mean for energy to be used in going through a component? I usually see this when emf is being described: total energy supplied per coulomb by battery = total energy ...
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Is shaking a phone enough energy to charge a smartphone?

Is shaking a phone enough energy to charge a smartphone? For example I'd like to use some kind of power generator to charge smartphone's battery but I'm wondering if shaking (by hand, or motion when ...
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What happens here in this capacitor?

What happens when we earth the circuit as shown below, why should it matter? because potential at a point is relative? So if the earlier potential was $V_p$ at that point, it becomes $0$, so every ...
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Why an inductor parallel with a light bulb makes it flash as a key closes the circuit?

The title is a simplified form of my question. To be precise, I'm talking about the following circuit: The inductor has a resistanse equal to the resistor in the circuit. So, the question is that, ...
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What is the rigorous definition for current in a closed circuit?

I know that $I = \frac {dq} {dt}$, but I have trouble reconciling that derivative definition with my intuitive understanding of current. At an arbitrary point in wire, the current is obviously the ...
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Voltmeter in series with a component?

I always see voltmeters connected in parallel with a component, but what happens if you connect it in series? I think it's due to the high resistance of a voltmeter but I don't really see why this ...
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Circuit analysis (Kirchoff's laws) for multi terminal resistors

Consider a four terminal resistor as shown here There exists a matrix resistance equation of the form $V_i=R_{ij}I_j$ for some $4\times 4$ matrix $R$ for each such four terminal resistor. I want to ...
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What would be the resistance of a wire, if it is stretched to double length? [closed]

If there is a wire of resistance $R$ and we stretch it such that it becomes 2 times longer, then what should be the new resistance of the wire?
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Why the bulb glows brighter?

If the total current is divided into the branches in a parallel configuration and it is constant in series. How come the bulbs glow brighter when connected in parallel than when connected in series?
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Deriving ODE for voltage across capacitor-RC circuit [closed]

I need to derive an ODE for the voltage across the capacitor in a specific RC circuit. The circuit has 1 resistor, one input, one capacitor and a switch. So far I have $$\frac{dv}{dt} ...
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Typo in physics book (capacitors)

I'm currently working through an AP revision guide. The section on charging a capacitor outlines the following steps: When a capacitor is connected to a battery, a current flows in the circuit until ...
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How long can a cellphone battery(pictured) power a LED light that produces light equivalent to traditional 60W bulb(800 lumens)?

Assuming Energy Star rated LEDs which produces 100 lumens/watts. Battery rated as 9.88Wh. Power consumption by LED = 800 lumens/100lumens/watt = 8 Watts Does it mean that it will power circuit for ...
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Calculating half power frequency (frequency response)

I am having a doubt in calculating half power frequency for a given RLC AC circuit. I have attached images of two questions with their solutions. In the first question, the equation for ...
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Diodes in AC current

If in AC current, the direction of the current is always changing, then if one was to place a diode (for simplicities sake lets say an LED) in an AC current, would it flash to the frequency of the ...
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Cryptic remark in physics revision guide

I am currently revising for my AP physics and I couldn't understand one of the end-of-section summary notes. It says: "Remember that the direction of magnetic field is from North to South, and that ...
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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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An Ideal Transformer

In a transformer assumed to be transformer, power in the primary is equal to power in the secondary. So in a sense, the power in the secondary is 'fixed'. Output voltage in the secondary is also fixed ...
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Faraday's Law: Current loop and proton

A single circular loop of wire with radius R carries a large clockwise current I(loop)=I0, which constrains a proton of mass M and charge e to travel in a small circle of radius r at constant speed ...
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Question on an unbalanced Wheatstone bridge

Let, P/Q = R/S in the usual sense of a Wheatstone bridge where PQRS are resistances. Then we know that the potential between midpoints of PQ and RS are equal and there's no potential difference ...
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Is current in superconductors infinite? If they have 0 resistance then I (V/R) should be infinite? [duplicate]

I learned many years ago that according to Ohm's law, current is equal to voltage divided by resistance. Now if superconductors have zero resistance then the current should be infinite. Moreover the ...
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How can Ohm's law be correct if superconductors have 0 resistivity?

Ohm's law states that the relationship between current ( I ) voltage ( V ) and resistance ( R ) is $$I = \frac{V}{R}$$ However superconductors cause the resistance of a material to go to zero, and ...
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Why doesn't the electric potential constantly decrease in a circuit as the current moves from the positive to the negative terminal?

Why doesn't the electric potential constantly decrease in a circuit as the current moves from the positive to the negative terminal? Details and Assumptions: 1. The wires show no resistance.
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Why does current density have a direction and not current?

As I understand it the definitions are as follows: Current is a scalar $I$ with units of $\mathrm{[J/s]}$. It is defined as $I=\frac{\mathrm{d}Q}{\mathrm{d}t}$. Current density is a vector $\vec{J}$ ...
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What is the theoretical reasoning behind calculating emfs in series or parallel?

First off, I did some research on my own but the answers weren't satisfactory. The analogy of the water pump makes zero sense as I see no way how "Potential" is even comparable with "Dynamic ...
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Electrostatic notion of voltage as it applies to circuits

I have a question that's been bothering me about electric fields, voltage, and circuit analysis. Initially, I came to understand voltage as it was taught in the context of electrostatics - through ...