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

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How to Determine and Verify Series and Parallel

I am having a lot of trouble visually identifying which elements in a circuit are in series and parallel is there a formal mathematical way I do this with Kirchoff's Law?
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Electron flow through insulators connected to conductors

I imagine a simple circuit consisting of a power supply and conductor connected to an insulator (heavy resistor in series with wires). In a closed circuit, I understand that the battery's E field ...
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Optimal method for solving circuit

This problem seems quite simple, and I can easily find a way to solve it but the possibility of error in my method is extremely high. This is just a sub-task of a bigger task but this is the only part ...
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Current and voltage word problem [closed]

If a conductor with a current of 200mA passing through it converts 40 J of electrical energy into heat in 30 seconds, what is the potential drop across the current ? The answer is 6KV, but I don't ...
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How should I interpret the math in showing that the potential difference and the emf in an ideal battery are the same?

I was reading Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodyamics where he says that in order to have the same current through out a circuit there are two force per unit charges acting on the circuit, $f=f_s+E$ ...
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Olympiad physics 1996 problem [closed]

I don't understand the official solution of the first problem of the 1996 International Physics Olympiad. They give this circuit: Each black box is a resistor of resistance $1\Omega$. They then ...
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Why isn't this a valid derivation of the formula for capacitors in series?

I had to derive the formula for capacitors (I decided to use m capacitors in my derivation) in series, and this is what I did. The formula for a capacitor is $$Q=CV,$$ which is the same as saying ...
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How does a magnetic field produce an electromotive force?

As I keep reading through texts and online, I keep getting conflicting views when in magnetic fields and electromotive forces are involved. From what I can see, the emf is the work done per unit ...
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Finding the voltage of the circuit?

Capacitor 3 in Figure (a) is a variable capacitor (its capacitance C3 can be varied). Figure (b) gives the electric potential V1 across capacitor 1 versus C3. The horizontal scale is set by C3s = 20 ...
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Is this the creation of an electrical circuit

If I place a aa battery on the negative side and a aa battery on the positive side on to a stainless steel surface and then place a quarter on the other side have I completed an electric circuit? Is ...
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Scattering Matrix of a Given Circuit - Microwave

This might be an easy question but I couldn't find it in our course book[Microwave Engineering, Pozar, 4th ed] or on internet. I have a homework and one of the questions asks me to find the S-Matrix ...
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Could someone intuitively explain to me Ohm's law?

Could someone intuitively explain to me Ohm's law? I understand what voltage is and how it is the electric potential energy and that it is the integral of the electric field strength etc. I also ...
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Capacitance and voltage drops

Let's say that Switch $S$ is closed. I have a conceptual question: If a stream of particles acquire a potential difference upon exiting the battery, why will they lose some of that potential ...
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Thermometric Properties

A thermocouple thermometer with 10 ohms of resistance is calibrated with its hot junction and cold junction immersed in steam and melting ice respectively. An EMF of 5.6mv is measured. This ...
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How can a voltage across a capacitor be greater than the total voltage applied to the circuit?

I was reading about complex impedance and AC circuits, and I just came across a sentence on a website stating that the voltage across a capacitor can be greater than the applied voltage. How can this ...
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What dynamical system could this $\dot y = \alpha(y-\lambda), y\geq \lambda$ equation describe?

Just out of curiosity, can anyone identify electrical, mechanical, chemical, etc process that is governed by a differential equation of the form $$\dot y = \alpha(y-\lambda), y\geq \lambda$$ where ...
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Measured voltage on coil

I have a simple circuit of coil with inductance L $$u_c(t)= -L\frac{di}{dt}$$ and AC source with output voltage $u_s$ What is actually measured by the voltmeter ($u_c$, $u_s$ or $u_s - u_c$)? If ...
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Load resistance adding with minimized power and voltage constraint [closed]

Consider the simple circuit below: Suppose $V$ and $R$ have set voltage and resistance values respectively, and you are to choose the resistance values for $R_1$ and $R_2$. However, you must choose ...
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Showing $\frac{\delta V_{out}}{V_{out}}=\frac{\delta R_2}{R_2} \frac{R_1}{R_1+R_2}$ [closed]

Consider a voltage divider with $V_{out}=V_{in} \frac{R_2}{R_1+R_2}$. Show that for a small change in $R_2$, the voltage divider equation is: $\frac{\delta V_{out}}{V_{out}}=\frac{\delta R_2}{R_2} ...
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Theoretical uncertainty of a circuit's total resistance when made entirely of resistors

My question in short(ish) is: Will the fractional uncertainty of a circuit made entirely of resistors with equal fractional uncertainties be the same as the fractional uncertainty of those resistors. ...
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Probe/Sensor-design for pulsed electromagnetic field

So I have a wire/coil, acting as a sender, which has a pulsed signal as described below. I would like to build a sensor/probe that can detect the electric field at a distance, where the primary goal ...
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Measuring electric conductivity

My daughter is doing a science experiment on which metal (e.g., copper, silver, aluminum, iron) has maximum electric conductivity. We are assuming we can accomplish this by using different metal, 3 to ...
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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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Determining the behavior of the transference function as $\omega\to 0$ or $\omega\to\infty$

I'm studying experimental Physics and one of the experiments I must understand is about electronics concerning filters. Considering one RLC filter, measuring the output at the resistor we have the ...
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Current in an RC Circuit

If an $emf$ leaves from point A, the concepts at play in the following diagram are straightforward: at any time, the $I_{R}$ = $I_{c}$ as time increases, $\Delta V$ across $R$ decreases and it ...
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Is it true that a processor with a higher temperature uses inevitably more power in comparison with a processor with a lower temperature?

If a processor has a higher temperature, can you be sure it it consumes more power than a processor with a lower temperature? And is the reverse relationship true? A processorchip with a higher mean ...
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Why is the voltage output equal to the voltage drop?

I have a very basic question about measurement of voltage output on some simple circuits. Considering the circuits of the figure: Supposing one wants to measure the voltage output $V_2$, on the ...
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Defining Reference Directions for Voltage and Power (sign convention)

My professor decided to use the above reference directions when calculating power in circuits. He says that when power > 0, power is consumed. When p < 0, power is generated. This definition is ...
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Voltage calculation and reference voltage in simple linear circuit [closed]

For the diagram above, the following voltages are specified: $V_A = 4V$ $V_D = 2V$ $V_a = 0V$ Here, $V_{ab}$ indicates the voltage referenced from node b to node a. In other ...
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Direction of Current Flow in Complex Circuit

Physics Hypertextbook writes that "The current through the 1 Ω resistor most certainly runs from right to left." Why is that true? My approach: I arbitrarily assigned a counterclockwise ...
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Where are the negligible and infinite resistances, respectively, of the ideal am- and voltmeter?

Consider the picture below. An ammeter is shown to the left, a voltmeter to the right. They consist of a d'Arsonval galvanometer, which is a coil (with a pointer attached) that can rotate in a ...
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The electric field in wires in a circuit

I have a hard time really understanding the electric field in a complete curcuit. How is the electric field maintained throughout the wiring / the conductors from component to component? The charges ...
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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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Drift velocity of charges in current

In an electric curcuit, charges (electrons e.g.) move randomly around very, very fast. When a current is set in a curcuit, the charges still move randomly, but have a drift velocity around the ...
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Why is there current in LC Circuits?

When we connect two electric sources (positive to positive and negative to negative) then the current that runs the circuit is calculated as follows: $ I = (E1-E2)/(2r + R) $ In case of an LC ...
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Weird phenomenon on aluminum laptop casing [duplicate]

A couple of days ago I observed a phenomenon which I'm not sure I understand correctly. My brother-in-law has recently bought an ASUS gaming laptop in an aluminum casing. When the power supply is ...
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Variable Resistance

We know that the resistance increase with temperature or for exemple in an AC circuit, the resistance is superior to the same resistor for DC current due to skin effect. But my question is for a same ...
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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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Close or open circuit?

A electric source provides a non electrostatic influence on the charges inside the source which pushes the positive charges from the negative terminal to the positive one. Does this happen when the ...
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Birds and cables: how is the potential difference between two diff. cables established?

The common explanation of why birds don't receive a shock when standing on high tension cables is that there needs to be a considerable potential difference between both of his feet for him to receive ...
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How does electromotive force (emf) influence electrostatic force in a circuit?

I am learning about emf and I am using university physics of Hugh D. Young which states that when the emf source is not part of a circuit the non-electrostatic force of the source moves charge form ...
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Does reflected light change LED power consumption?

If I enclose an LED in "tin foil" so that the photons it gives off are reflected back to it, would the power consumed by the LED go down?
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What happens when a wire is conneceted to a plug point directly?

I did it in my school lab and at first nothing happened. Then I jiggled around, sparks flew out with a small explosive sound. It was really cool. The wire ends got burnt and the holes of the plug ...
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Solve symmetric circuits by a glance [closed]

How to know with just a cursory glance that the Voltage needed is zero ? i think there must be a way to know it , by symmetry or something
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Where can I get fluidics components?

Many years ago people were interested in developing fluidic circuits, i.e. circuits that are analogous to electric ones but that use fluids rather than electricity. It used to be possible to buy ...
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I wnt to know HOW to create TM, TE, and TEM waves; and is it being used in industry? [closed]

Transverse Magnetic (TM) and Transverse Electric (TE) modes So I'm wholly ignorant of any knowledge surrounding these modes, so bear with me here.. One component is infinitesimally small in the ...
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portable transistor radio [closed]

I recently bought a cheap (@ US$7) transistor radio, with an FM band, an AM band, 4 SW bands, and 2 VHF (tv audio) bands covering channels 1 to 13. However, i later discovered that i couldn't tune in ...
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Formulas which describe Electric power loss accurate

What formulas describe the real power loss in conductors the best? I heard that there are different effects, like skin effect etc. I want to calculate the % the power drops per meter distance. ...
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Physical Explanation of the steady state in RC circuits

Given a simple RC circuit with a resistance $R$ connected to a capacitor $C$, the differential equation that describes the voltage is $$C \dot V + V/R = 0$$ whose solution is $$V= V(t) = V_0 ...
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Power transmission loss in a large circuit

This is a followup question to this question Consider a large circuit like the german electric power transmission network. You have a lot of of people consuming power and a lot of power stations ...