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

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Resistor and LED - together and separated

Something very basic which I don't get no matter how much I read. circuit A: only a resistor and power supply - the resistor will burn. circuit B: only a LED and power supply - the LED will damaged. ...
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Cause of electromagnetic induction?

The rate of change of magnetic flux through a surface (open) is related with the line integral over the closed loop binding the selected surface by one of the Maxwell's equation. But that means even ...
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Positive test charge

Protons have positive charge on them. Protons aren't mobile. So how can a positive test charge move from the negative terminal of a cell to the positive terminal and gain electric potential energy? ...
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Is equivalent resistance always lower if we add a resistor to a passive electronic circuit?

How to prove that equivalent resistance of any passive network is always lower if we add a resistor between arbitrary two nodes? Note that this is not necessarily a parallel circuit, 2 nodes that we ...
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Power dissipated in resistor

Suppose one has a circuit consisting of an inductor $L$ and resistor $R$ in series where $L$ and $R$ are known, passes an alternating voltage of frequency $\omega$ through it and that one wishes to ...
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Electrical flow in a simple parallel circuit

I'm having trouble understanding something in one of my text books: Let’s have a look at the implications of each circuit configuration. Figure 3.13 shows the Conventional representation of a ...
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No Voltage in a Circuit but still a Current, How?

Hi I've done an experiment in physics using a basic circuit. Can anybody explain how come the data logging equipment I was using continued to register a current when there isn't a positvie voltage in ...
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Calculating current used by individual resistor?

I just recently finished a test on Physics, and when receiving my scores back I missed a question. Here's what it was if I can remember it correctly: Three resistors (10.0, 15.0, and 6.00 ohms) ...
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How can I physically demonstrate potential difference in a circuit to a 14 year old?

Children of this age have a fair idea about current, resistance, and batteries. Potential difference is a thing that cannot be felt or physically visualized. A teenager asked me if he can touch ...
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Homework: electrical circuit with 2 voltage sources & 1 switch

I can't figure out how to handle this circuit. I am asked to calculate the total resistance and the current over each resistance (R1-R4) when the switch is open. However I'm not getting anywhere ...
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How does an Inductor “store” energy?

It seems to me that an electromagnetic field is nothing more than a collection of photons, which as I've heard, extends through space infinitely. Why is it, then, that an inductor such as simple ...
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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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Current in an RC circuit inside in a magnetic field

Does my question make any sense? Context: The capacitor is charged with charge $Q_0$. There is a magnetic field $B=B_0 \hat{z}$ perpendicular to the monitor's screen. The length of the (AB) wire is ...
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Difference between $I^2R$ and $V^2/R$ and $VI$ for measuring power $P$

We use $I^2R$ or $V^2/R$ or $VI$ for measuring power $P$. Are all of these applicable for all circuits? I have seen in some circuit $V^2/R$ is not equal to $I^2R$. Why is that?
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Why doesn't current flow when the wire is open?

I realize this may be a hard to answer question but we are currently studying current in our school. One thing that struck me was why the heck doesn't it flow when the wire's closed? When you connect ...
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electric-circuits

Why can't you connect the + of a device to one battery and the - to another battery (and have it work)?
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Energy conservation when capacitor charges in a zero resistance circuit

We know that when a capacitor charges from a source $E$, it stores energy of $E=\frac{1}{2}QV $. This is derived without taking into consideration any resistances present in the circuit. We also ...
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Can resistance of wire be ignored

I was doing some physics homework involving direct current circuits and resistors in series, and I started to question the accuracy of the following property of resistors in series, namely that the ...
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How can electrons move along the conductive wire? ( seems to be a paradox )

Tangential components of the electric field across an interface between two media, with no impressed magnetic current densities along the boundary of the interface, are continuous. So: $ n \times (E_2 ...
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Does AC current produce EM waves?

Does AC current in simple wires produce electromagnetic waves? AC current entails very rapid changes in polarity and therefore the electrons in the metal will feel rapidly changing forces which should ...
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Strange electrical circuit

This is a question I would like to have an explanation with: It's in this PDF, question 9. In that circuit, if switch 1 is closed, bulb A burns normally. If 2 is closed as well, do other lamps ...
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Question regarding Drift velocity in general?

The derivation of drift velocity in case of electrons is equivalent to the case of an charged ionic gas and therefore all the arguments also apply there. Now for an ideal "ionic" gas which interacts ...
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Battery and current confusion?

How exactly does a battery produce a current in the circuit connected across its ends? I dont want to know the chemical reactions in the battery core, but just the essence of it. I believe it doesn't ...
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How to find $\tau$ in this circuit?

1) 2) I know, that $$ τ = \frac{L}{R} $$ but what is $R$ in this formula? It seems to be the total resistance, but how to find it in 1) and 2)?
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Circuit Loop Law Doubt

In a circuit with a solenoid/inductor and a resistor and a battery . Books say that $\Sigma \Delta V=0$ around a closed loop . That means work done by electrostatic field per unit charge is $0$ ...
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Help Understanding Non-conservative Fields

While watching a video lecture, I became uncomfortable with the results, (around 35 mins). The professor draws an electric circuit with a 1V batter, and two resistors (1 and 9 ohms). He then ...
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Experiment to find Ammeter Resistance [closed]

I've been studying experimental electrodynamics and I needed to describe an experiment to find the resistance of an ammeter if I just have the ammeter together with one voltmeter and a protection ...
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Frequency Response RLC circuit - Current against Frequency graph - Symmetry?

I understand that in a Frequency Response experiment dealing with an RLC circuit, the graph of Current against Frequency is supposed to be symmetrical about the resonant frequency theoretically. ...
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What are the statuses of Silicene and Graphene for real world circuit production?

A lot of hype is out there about both of them (especially the latter) and I was wondering if there is more concrete information about them other than the news IBM posted on a circuit 2 years ago and ...
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How is contact resistivity defined for a Schottky contact, or the Schottky barrier height for an ohmic contact?

Based on the transfer length method (TLM), one can accurately calculate the contact resistivity for an ohmic contact, by evaluating the absolute resistance measured through the test structure and ...
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What electric potential is found over individual resistors connected in series to an AC power supply?

Given a set of resistors connected in series to an AC power supply: What formula governs the peak-to-peak voltage which will be measured when voltage is probed over individual resistors and sets of ...
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Voltage and Current in transformers

In transformers, the ratio of the voltages equals the ratio of the turns - so double the output coil's turns and the output voltage doubles. Then, in order to conserve energy, current halves. This ...
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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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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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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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Can a transformer transfer all power?

How can the transformer transfer exact power from primary winding to secondary winding if there are core losses, eddy current losses and hysteresis losses?
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Ambiguity on the notion of potential in electrical circuits?

As everybody else I have been taught elementary electrical circuits from secondary school to engineering level in analog electronics at university. Invariably, the notion of potential used to ...
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How does AC current flow in an open circuit?

In common house hold wiring we have the hot lead, neutral and ground. If the hot lead in electrical wiring contacts earth ground (perhaps though a short circuit in the chassis of a device) then the ...
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Using the loop rule while charging circuits

We know that in an LC circuit the voltage across the capacitor is the same as the voltage across the inductor (the emf induced in it). This is a direct conclusion of KVL (Kirchoff's Loop Rule) applied ...
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Finding the electric field around an electric eel

I'm having problems solving for the electric field and the current that an electric eel generates. Would I use Gauss's law and treat it as a long charged wire? How would I find the charge of the ...
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Sign convention for EMF

When we define the field generate by EMF, why there is not negative sign in $\mathcal{E} = \oint \vec{E} \cdot d\vec{l}$? Usually we talk about potential, there should be a negative sign, right?
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Do batteries lose charge?

Say I have a charge of +q and -q on the positive and negative terminals of a battery. If I connect wires to each terminal, but don't connect the wires (essentially creating an open circuit), the ...
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How to Determine the voltage polarity of inductor in a circuit? [closed]

The Voltage polarity across the inductor is same as that across the capacitor since both are in parallel and the voltage across them must be same. But when Inductor, capacitor and resistor are ...
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How do capacitors work?

Say you have a battery, with a wire connecting the negative and positive terminal. Initially, (the transient state) the electric field is not uniform and is perpendicular to the surface of the cross ...
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Calculate required voltage in mixed circuits [closed]

Q: Calculate the voltage that V1 has to provide Given: The following circuit. The voltage through LAMP1 is 5.0V. A (U,I) chart (not shown). LAMP1 and LAMP2 are identical, non-ohmic lightbulbs. ...
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$\pi/2$ phase shift in RC circuit

I just recently learnt Alternating Current and RCL circuits and I also learnt about phasers and various graphs. Now I also know that current lags in an LR circuit. My intuitive understanding of this ...
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What does E/M field look like when I close a circuit?

Suppose that we have a charged capacitor with two pins: $ C_+ $ and $C_-$. Suppose that we have a long wire with fixed geometry, that is already connected to the pin C+. Let the ...
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How to find the total current supplied to the circuit?

Recently, I came across a question based on finding electric current of a circuit. Here's the image... I know, by using the formula $I=V/R$, we can easily calculate the current as $V$ is given and ...
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Graphene batteries/super capacitors

A while ago, there was some news about micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors and these devices can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. Question: ...
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Which direction does the electron move?

If my phone is charging that means it's mass increasing by this Youtube video. Now if an current is flowing from the power station to home, does it mean that electron is flowing from house to the ...