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

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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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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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Is there charge build up before a resistor?

I understand that Kirchhoff's current law says that the current, $I$, is constant throughout a resistor, i.e. there is no build up of charge in a resistor. All charge going in to the resistor is the ...
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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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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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Exact Relation between voltage and current [duplicate]

I apologize before hand if this seems too naive. I'm having a really tough time understanding the relation between voltage and current. I read that 1 Volt is the amount of work done to move a $1As$ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How is Kirchhoff's voltage law understood in the water flow analogy?

I met the Kirchhoff circuit laws in the past, but now I'm trying to associate them with a practical representation to be sure to understand them. Let's start with the Kirchhoff current law: If I say ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Determine which circuits are parallel and which are in series

I need to find the Equivalent Resistance across A and B. The problem is, I don't know which one's are in series and which ones are in parallel. How do I identify which ones are parallel or series?
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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 is voltage added when batteries are connected in series but not in parallel?

As I understand, the different voltage between two object is caused by the total different charged between two object. Thus, the higher extra electron between two opposite charged object, the higher ...
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Draw a Schematic Diagram of Ammeter Connected in Parallel to explain difference between the diagram of a parallel and series connection

I know that voltmeters are commonly in parallel and ammeters are commonly in series. I believe that the voltmeters in diagrams 2 are actually in series. How am I wrong? ![For example][1] In Diagram ...
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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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Why the EMF of a battery doesn't depend on distance between the two electrodes?

I have read that resistance of a conductor is directly proportional to its length. So, the EMF of a conductor (electrolyte of battery) should increase with increase in length/distance between the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...