# Tagged Questions

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

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### Is there a way to draw a thermodynamic diagram analogous to an electrical schematic for simple ideal systems?

I have a small system in air (which should be part of the schematic), consisting of several cylinders within one another and contacting ideally at various spots. How do I model it as if it were an ...
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### How can I redraw this circuit where I can apply Kirchoff's Voltage and Current Law to get correct Voltage at V?

I thought I can draw the -5V as a source but it did not turn out to be right, unfortunately.
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### Why does all the current flow through a short circuit if its voltage drop is considered zero?

Path of least resistance vs. short circuit I know the path of least reisistance has been clarified already However, to derive the equations you need to assume that the voltage of each parallel ...
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### magnetising the material using coil

I studied that when alternating current is passed through the coil ,the coil produce magnetic field (primary) as shown in figure,when any conducting material placed near to that field, eddy current ...
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### What happens if I throw a battery into water?

Today I have by accident thrown a AAA battery into a bucket of water. I fished it out of the water immediately (within 20 seconds or so) and nothing notable had happened and the battery is still full ...
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### Why doesn't the electric field inside a wire in a circuit fall off with distance from the battery?

We studied electric fields due to point charges. The magnitude of these fields decreases with the square of the distance from the point charge. It seems to me that we could treat the positive ...
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### Must a universal motor always rotate at the frequency of the AC current?

So here I have a picture of a motor (I think it is a universal motor but I am not sure). My question is if this motor is connected to an A.C. supply, does it have to rotate at the frequency of the ...
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### Parallel resistances

How is the net resistance lesser than the least resistance when resistances are connected in parallel? The electrons will have to flow through one of the resistances, right? To me, it seems like the ...
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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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### Filament lamp $(V,i)$ behavior between 0 and 1V

I was wondering why the behavior is more "chaotic" at 0~1V when compared to 2V+ (which is when it starts to glow).
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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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### Why does this electrometer works?

I was looking at this electrometer (measure of static field E). The principle is : E moves electrons between the 2 electrodes into the coil and there is a magnetometer inside the coil. This ...
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### Potential Difference in a wire with no current

Recently I encountered a circuit problem. Imagine, you have an ordinary circuit with a resistor and a battery($60\,\mathrm{V}$ emf and negligible internal resistance denoted by r) with a switch($S_1$) ...
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### Why is an $LC$ oscillator lossless, but $C V^2 / 2$ energy is lost to a capacitor connected to an ideal voltage source?

It is mathematically proven that in an $LC$ oscillation that all the energy gets transferred from the inductor to the capacitor and vice versa. There is no energy loss as there is no load in the ...
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### Is there a difference between a ground pin and voltage by an ungrounded plug and just a grouned plug?

I have a cortex dj mixer with an ungrounded plug but with a ground pin (that I don't use for now). But I get a lot of noise if a connect my speakers to this mixer, so maybe I need to ground this ...
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### Energy conservation applied to a generator

If a turbine runs with a kinetic energy of some joules, the electricity produced must also have the same power given out, according to the energy conservation law. Now if the electric flux is ...
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### Is there inductance to a DC circuit?

When a DC circuit is carrying current, large amounts or small, is there induced-emf due to the inductance? Or is it only applied to AC circuits?
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### Difference between live and neutral wires

In domestic electrical circuits, there are 3 wires - live, earth and neutral. What is the difference between the live and neutral wires? As there is AC supply, it means that there are no fixed ...
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### What holds good? [closed]

If the 1 ohm resistor is replaced by a 0.2 ohm resistor. what will be the current flowing through ? What actually determines it ? the OHM'S LAW or POWER CONSERVATION ?
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### What's the difference between a positive and a negative current?

Say I have a wire, and I connect a current source on its left end, and a ground to its right end. Then using my power supply I source a positive current, does this mean that electrons will move from ...
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### How to solve difficult resistance puzzles? [closed]

How does one solve really difficult resistance puzzles? These are presented in the form of a diagram with multiple resistances in various combinations. I have done some puzzles by reducing the puzzle ...
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### Why a capacitor's potential increase until it is equal to the potential of the battery?

I understand that the potential between the plates of the capacitor increases as the circuit runs, but why it stops increasing exactly when it becomes equal to the potential of the battery?
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### Current and Heat in Circuit [closed]

Find current through the circuit. Also, find heat generated in each resistor. MY ANSWER:- In Parallel, 1/Rp = 1/12 + 1/6 = (1+2)/12 = 4/12 Rp=3 ohm Total Resistance = 4 + 4 ohms = 8 ohms ...
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### $\vec{E}$-and $\vec{B}$-fields in RCL circuit

Consider a basic RCL-Circuit consisting of an ideal resistor, an ideal capacitor and an ideal inductor in series. Assume that at time $t = 0$ the current is zero and the capacitor is charged with ...
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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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### What does Potential Difference between a load/resistor mean?

Guys this has been bugging me for ages and all the answers i found online were unsatisfactory. My questions is, what does difference in potential or potential drop after current passes through a ...
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### Why is the total potential difference in a circuit the sum of the individual potential differences?

I am having difficulty in applying my understanding of electrical potential to circuits. Why is the total potential difference in a circuit the sum of the individual potential differences among ...
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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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### Current in Inductor and Capacitor with DC voltage source? [closed]

A DC source in series with pure Inductor and pure Capacitor no Resistance. How the current will flow in this circuit? What I just know is that in the beginning Inductor will behave as an open circuit ...
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### Current when resistance is 0

A short circuit has $\rm 0$ resistance. We use Ohm's Law $\rm V=IR$. If $\rm R=0$, then $\rm V=0$. Doesn't this mean $\rm I$ can theoretically be anything? Thus $\rm I$ can be like $\rm35A$ for ...
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### Detect Breaks in Mesh Circuits [closed]

PS: I will mess up a lot of terminology throughout the question. Anyways, I want to build a circuit which is in the shape of a mesh, something like a table and subsequently detect whenever there is ...
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I came up with an expression for the reflected power of a resonator: \left| \Gamma \right|^2 = 1 - \frac{1-\left(\frac{\kappa - 1}{\kappa + 1}\right)^2}{1 + 4 \left( \frac{Q_U}{(\kappa + 1)} ...
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### How to find power dissipation of bulbs [closed]

The following circuit is connected in series and $240V$ power supply. Bulb $A$ has $240V$, $100W$ rating. Bulb $B$ has $240V$, $500W$ rating. Calculate the power dissipated at bulb $A$ and $B$ ...
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### RLC circuit, turning off the voltage source

An RLC circuit (pictured above) is governed by two equations: \begin{align} -iR &= -L \frac{dj}{dt} = \frac{q}{C}+V(t) \\ \frac{dq}{dt} &= i+j \, . \end{align} $q$ satisfies the equation ...
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### Physical interpretation of Convolution

Let us say that we are interested in finding the voltage (potential difference) $y$ across the resistor. The circuit consists of a battery, a resistor and an inductor. The problem can be solved by ...
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### A working “mechanical” model that explains current in a wire/circuit?

In class we learned about point charges, electrostatic force, voltage, current etc. and discussed circuits along the way. Now problems arise when I try to apply the learned concepts to explain how ...
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### How can KVL & KCL be derived from Maxwell equations?

How can KVL (Kirchhoff's Voltage Law) & KCL (Kirchhoff's Current law) be derived from Maxwell equations in lumped circuits? (Lumped network: if $d$ is the largest dimension of the network and ...
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### Why is the voltage of a battery equal to the emf?

We know that there is an electric field inside the battery that works against the moving electrons of a circuit. But there is also the chemical force of the battery that at some point become equal. ...
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### Is this the reason why a circuit with no components (except wire) would discharge the battery faster?

I read that if I simply connect two ends of a battery it would discharge really quick and it would last longer if the circuit contained e.g. a light bulb. I wondered why is this happening and my ...
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### Why can gold be drawn out finer than light?

The metal gold is extremely malleable. Gold is also ductile and one ounce can be drawn into 80 km (50 miles) of thin gold wire (5 microns diameter) to make electrical contacts and bonding wire. I ...
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### Having trouble understanding the concept of current and Ohms law

Circuit in series: $10\,\text{V}$ power supply, 2 resistors connected. Each resistor is $10\,\Omega$, total of $20\,\Omega$ resistance. If I put an ammeter at the end of the circuit, will the current ...
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### Explanation for: A monopole antenna must contain a resistor (or equivalent) and therefore must have 2 terminals?

Could someone explain why this sentence makes sense: A monopole antenna transfers energy from electrical domain to the electromagnetic domain, hence must contain (equivalently) a resistor, hence ...
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### Battery charging a Capacitor

Ok I know there is a similar question already on here, but mine takes it just a step further. What I would really love to know is exactly how much energy is being transferred from a battery into a ...
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### On resonance of an RLC circuit

How do I prove that the width of resonance in an RLC circuit is the inverse of the proper time of the circuit? I know that the amplitude of charge in the condensator is ...
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### Number of electrons flowing in a circuit [closed]

Does the number of electrons flowing in a circuit get affected when we turn on the light? If yes or no, then why. Help please.
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### Capacitor charging, work done by battery on changing polarity

A uncharged capacitor $C$ is connected to a battery with potential $V$. It becomes fully charged and has a charge $Q=CV$ stored on it. Now the polarity of the battery is reversed. The capacitor will ...
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### how current flows in a parallel circuit as the potential difference is same?

Since we know current can not flow in a wire if there is no potential difference in its two terminals. How current flows in a parallel combination where each load has equal potential difference in ...
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### Why can xenon gas stay ionised after the “trigger voltage” is removed?

From my understanding of a Xenon flash circuit, a storage capacitor and a trigger capacitor are charged up to about 240V (both with similar RC values, but less capacitance is needed for the trigger ...
In Fundamentals of Physics (HRW), an equation is derived for the current in a circuit in terms of its emf and resistance by the 'Energy method'; that is, deriving $\epsilon = i \cdot r$ and saying ...