# Tagged Questions

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

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### Why do people say that 'power flows' into or out of a component in an electric circuit?

Currently, I am learning about electric circuits, and how to apply the basic concepts of physics, like work and energy. But I keep running into the same phrase--on Wikipedia, my textbooks, everywhere--...
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### Why is a circuit of linear elements itself linear?

A resistor's voltage is proportional to it's current. V=iR. And a source maintains a constant voltage or current. So these are linear, time independent relations. If I put combinations of them in a ...
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### Phase difference in currents in parallel RC circuit

shouldn't the phase difference be 0. The potential difference across any branch at any instant should be V.so what's wrong ?btw correct answer is (C)
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### On a AC to DC adapter there are +12v wire with 24A and -12v have 0.5A. How many amp this adapter will provide in total? [closed]

I have a PSU of a pc which is 500w. I want to charge a 12v 100ah battery which need 20 amp of current. Is this psu can provide current that I have wanted? Main question is On a AC to DC adapter (PSU)...
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### Spherical 'capacitor' with only one charged plate

A question I came across asks about two concentric spherical conductors where only the inner sheet is charged. The question first asks to find the capacitance of such an arrangement. The first part ...
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### Solving traveling wave using the shooting method

The spatially-dependent Hodgkin-Huxley equation for a cylindrical dendrite or unmyelinated axon: where $\frac{a}{2\rho}\frac{\partial^2V}{\partial x^2}$ is a diffusion term $a$ is the fiber radius, ...
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### Why is $\text{R}$ resistance in $\text{V=IR}$? [closed]

Today I studied about Ohm's law which states- The current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the voltage across the two points.By introducing constant of ...
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### Capacitors in a series circuit with dielectric

When a dielectric slab is inserted between the plates of one of the two identical capacitors in Fig. 25-23, do the following properties of that capacitor increase, decrease, or remain the same: (a) ...
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### Why is there a potential difference?

The question then asks for the potential difference between $X$ and $Y$, which is claimed to be $3.6\text{ volts}%$. Why would there be a potential difference in this case? If I connect a lightbulb ...
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### Charging of a battery

A battery has an Emf 6 Volts. It is completely discharged. It is charged by maintaining a potential difference of 9 Volts across it. If the internal resistance of the discharged battery is 10 ohms, ...
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### Does the thermal expansion of a conductor contribute to its change in resistance when it is heated?

We know that the resistance of a conductor varies with a change in temperature and we are taught that this change occurs due to the change in resistivity of the material but does the thermal expansion ...
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### Use of rheostat in a potentiometer practical?

in potentiometer practical why a rheostat is used in series to potentiometer wire? as we move the jokey the primary circuit current will also change. so is it to flow same amount of current by change ...
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### What is the player's role in the functioning of a theremin?

I recently see a video on how the theremin works, and wasn't satisfied with the answer. I watched around, but they all seem to give the same explanation. A diagram as below is given, and it is ...
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### Why current in series circuit is the same?

I have read in the internet that the charges do not have any other path to go and they must go through the same in a series circuit,hence the current is same. It was quite convincing but what ...
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### Capacitor in AC circuit

Can someone explain to me the process of discharging of a capacitor when the EMF of AC source is decreasing? And where do charges go? I mean if there's a weak battery, it will be charged but what ...
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### If the potential drops across a resistor (=$V_d$) then shouldn't the potential difference be the $\epsilon-V_d$?

Consider the following circuit: Suppose a current $I$ travels in both the branches, then as the current $I$ passes through the $60$ ohm resistor, there will be a drop in the potential of $60I$. ...
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### Potential Difference of a wire?

Imagine a circuit with only a 12 Volts battery and a wire connecting the ends of the battery. Point A and point B lies on the wire. What is then the potential difference between point A and B if the ...
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### Resistor cube problem solving method

I was solving problems from Irodov when I came across the method called point of symmetry method. I cant find this method anywhere. So what is this method? Here is the link to the problem solution ...
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### Why do voltmeters and ammeters have high and low resistance respectively?

I understand why voltmeters are connected in parallel and ammeters are connected in series, but why is it that to measure voltage, you must have high resistance, and to measure current, you must have ...
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### Inductor potential difference direction

If you have increasing current going down an inductor, the inductor will produce a potential difference to produce a counter current in the opposite direction, or up. The lower potential is then on ...
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### Kirchhoff's laws in phasor domain

While analysing AC circuits, we write voltage, current etc all with complex numbers namely "phasors". While studying the same, I wondered if Kirchhoff's laws held good with current and voltage in ...
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### Why does voltage change in series circuit but not in parallel circuit?

Voltage divides after every resistor in series but not when placed in parallel. Please explain this with using very less or no mathematical equations. I have tried searching for an answer online but ...
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### Finding Inductance in an AC RLC Circuit?

In the laboratory you find an inductor of unknown inductance $L$ and unknown internal resistance $R$. Using a dc ohmmeter, an ac voltmeter of high impedance, a 1 microfarad capacitor, and a 1000 Hz ...
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### What happens in the RC circuit when being charged?

Say I have this RC circuit and at the start, the switch is off (current going from left to right and the starting point is just above the battery). I understand that then the capacitor acts just like ...
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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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### 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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### With the help of a given charge is it possible to obtain a charge many times greater in magnitude

Consider a spherically conducting sphere. If a charge(say positive) is placed near the sphere, then it will lead to separation of charges inside the sphere.My question is, can we create charges more ...
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### Series circuit of capacitor and ohmic resistance: Voltage drop at Capacitor? [closed]

I have a question to an exercise I am currently trying to solve. It is given an Capacitor and an ohmic resistance in a series circuit. The whole voltage is 40V, the resistor has an resistance of 10kΩ....
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### Making a conductive paint out of graphite powder [closed]

I want to make a conductive paint out of graphite powder and gum to use as an electrode. What shall be the best gum to use, as i need a low resistance of around some kilo Ohms. I am getting very high ...
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### Imaginary component in capacitive reactance

This is a trivial question in first year but, unfortunately, this popped up in an elementary yet compulsory lab experiment. The capacitive reactance is defined as $$X_{c}=\frac{1}{\omega c}$$ The ...
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### How can current remain same when potential difference decreases?

According to Ohm's law, $$\text{potential difference} = \text{resistance}\times\text{current}$$ Also, current remains the same everywhere. Now when current passes through a bulb, the electric ...
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### Adding two same DC voltage source in parallel

In a parallel circuit(imagine two branches),with one DC voltage in a branch and another DC voltage in a branch, what is the method of computing the total DC voltage? The voltage through each component ...
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### What is the current passing through wire AB as a function of angle theta? [closed]

This is a high school contest(CAP) question: Consider a circuit made of a wire with uniform resistance in a shape of a circle as shown in the picture. The circle is connected diagonally from point A ...
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### Reducing voltage with resisitors [closed]

I am working on a project in structure, in which i have to rotate the second storey of my building, now my assembly consists of 12 v battery connected in parallel with 12v motor which is connected to ...
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### Why is it said that electric current always flow from higher potential to lower potential?

Why is it said that electric current always flow from higher potential to lower potential? It is said that current flows from positive terminal to negative terminal, but it is actually the negative ...
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### How does electricity travel through a set of resistors arranged parallel to each other? [duplicate]

For calculating net resistance in a combination of parallel resistors we use 1/R=1/r1+1/r2+1/r3....but electricity must travel through least resistance. Then how does this relation come in use? I am ...
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### Logarithm of the voltage of the inductor in RL circuit experiment is nonlinear with time

I performed an experiment about the RL circuit, with following circuit: (I used the PASCO RLC circuit lab.) By Kirchhoff's voltage law, (denoting the emf of the signal generator $\mathscr E$, ...
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### Resistance of a plate of smaller plates made up of different materials?

This problem propped in my head yesterday related to a project I'm working on and I just can't figure out how to crack it! If we have a large plate made up of nxn smaller plates, what is the ...
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### Power dissipation in AC RC circuit [closed]

Can anyone help me with this question? A 20 A peak-to-peak 60 Hz current passes through a 0.01 µF capacitor which is in series with a 33 Ω resistor. What is the power dissipation? I have ...
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### Is impedance the ratio of voltage to current at any instant?

My book defines impedance as the ratio between the amplitude of voltage to that of the current (Vmax to Imax), I just wanted to make sure whether its also true for the instantaneous values of voltage ...
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### To determine the path of current in a complex circuit. (CAP contest question) [closed]

How to determine the path of current in this diagram ? Intuitively, I guess the current won't pass through wire DC... Any help will be appreciated!!!
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### Things that must be considered when mass producing a capacitor [closed]

The question is to list four things that must be considered when a capacitor is chosen for inclusion in a circuit which is to be mass produced. Are there a specific set of four things? I've come up ...
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### Why current loses its energy?

Can someone explain or give a link to explanation why current looses its energy? For example in simple circuit with lamp. I understand that the energy is spent for heating and lighting. But how ...
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### Path of EM wave propagation in a circuit wire

The image is my visualization of drift velocity and electromagnetic (EM) propagation of charge wave in a closed circuit. The slow drift velocity of the electrons follows the path of the circuit (a ...
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### If we connect a block of p-type semiconductor only to a positive terminal, will it become positively charged?

Connect the positive terminal of a battery to a piece of p-doped semiconductor, say, silicon doped with boron. Will the terminal pull electrons out of the doped silicon, or equivalently, inject holes ...
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### Why electrons flow through a wire connected to a battery?

I would like to know why does electrons flow through a wire connected to a battery as said in AC/DC: What's the Difference?.It tells that "the electrons that are stripped from the carbon electrode is ...
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### Opposing currents in a Ciruit

If I have two currents flowing in opposite directions in a wire where both currents are equal magnitude and their is a bulb on the same wire does the bulb light up at all or is it bright/dim ?
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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. $$\frac{1}{R_{ev}}=\frac{1}{R_{1}}+\frac{1}{R_{2}}+\frac{1}{R_{3}}+\frac{1}{R_{4}}+\frac{1}{R_{5}}.......\frac{1}{R_{n}}$$ ...