# Tagged Questions

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

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### How is a variable potential divider able to reduce current/voltage through a component to zero, unlike a variable resistor?

For example, the diagram in my text book shows a filament lamp, in series with a uniform resistive wire, which can have its voltage and current varied by moving the sliding contact, e.g., a ...
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### Circuit with three capacitors

A potential difference of V = 38.0 V is applied across a circuit with capacitances C1 = 4.1 nF, C2 = 4.7 nF, and C3= 2.3 nF, as shown in the figure. What is the magnitude and sign of q3l, the ...
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### Why is resistance $U/I$ rather than $I/U$?

What is the difference between resistance and conductance and why is resistance $U/I$ and not $I/U$? (I know $I/U$ is conductance.) But I don't see the difference between both.
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### Why do we consider current to be constant throughout a circuit? [duplicate]

Let us consider a circuit made up of connecting wires, a resistor, a switch and a battery. Now, the resistance of the resistor is much higher than that of the wire. Now, intuitively, I am thinking ...
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### Why does a variable potential divider have the ability to reduce current through a component to zero

For example, the diagram in my text book: shows a filament lamp, in series with a uniform resistive wire, which can have its voltage and current varied by moving the sliding contact, e.g., a ...
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### The sign of the current flowing in a circuit

I was doing the following problem: And I was asked to find Iy. I found Iy to be 2.64 using KCL. However, the right answer was negative 2.64. Is it negative only because there is a dependant ...
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### How is a potential divider able to reduce current to zero?

For example, a filament lamp, in series with a uniform resistive wire, can have its voltage varied by moving the sliding contact, e.g., a rotatable wheel. However, why is a potential divider able to ...
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### Definition of equivalent capacitance

I know that equivalent capacitance of multiple capacitors in series is $$C = \left(\frac{1}{C_1} + \cdots + \frac{1}{C_n}\right)^{-1}$$ and in parallel is $$C = C_1 + \cdots + C_n.$$ But there are ...
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### Capacitors and external electric fields

I am grading questions from the lab manual provided by the professor to review with the students. I am trying to wrap my head around one of the questions about what an external electric field would ...
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### What exactly is potential difference? What are the factors that effect it?

I am asking this question because at first I thought that this concept was pretty clear to me, but it is not. So, my first question: Is potential difference only a property of an electric field? If ...
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### Are diodes (or FETs) electrets?

The explanations I see of diodes and FETs seem to involve various depletion regions, migration of electrons and holes, and the such. My (perhaps naive) interpretation of these explanations implies ...
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### $P=V^2/R$ confusion

I am confused on how to apply the formula $P=\frac{V^2}{R}$ If I am given a bulb say with power 60W and it is connected to a supply of 120V. Then the resistance of the bulb is 240$\Omega$ but if ...
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### The separation between the two plates of a capacitor is increased

I had the following question on a quiz recently: A capacitor consisting of two parallel plates, separated by a distance $d$, is connected to a battery of EMF ε. What happens if the separation is ...
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### Why is Kirchoff's Voltage Rule not satisfied when the circuit is shorted?

For example if I have a simple circuit with a battery and a resistor, and then the resistor is shorted, Kirchoff's Rule is no longer satisfied. Since the current through the resistor is 0, the voltage ...
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### Why didn't 0.2A at 2V kill me? [closed]

I was recently connecting a circuit together like here: and I had the voltage set at 2V, with a 10Ω resistor. By Ohm's law, there was a current of 0.2A (and was confirmed by my multimeter). I ...
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### How to find the current source Is and the voltage V1 of this circuit schematic? [closed]

I have Vs= 1.5V, R1=1 Ohm, R2 =6 Ohms, I got the equivalent resistance to be 7 Ohms. Then I set equal Req to Vs for 7I=1.5 and got my current source to be 0.214A. Since it is only Vs and Req in the ...
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### If the electric potential is location dependent, why do charges loose it when passed through a heavy resistor in a circuit?

I really cannot understand this: I know through reading that unlike electric potential energy, which is charge dependent, the electric potential is purely location dependent. For example: If at a ...
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### If there is a potential difference between the ends of a battery, does it mean that there is always an electric field?

First of all, I am really sorry if this question is wrong. But, I thought that this would be the best place to ask this. Here is what I am thinking: Batteries promote flow of current in a circuit due ...
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### How to think about Ripple and Noise in circuits

Say you have a AC to DC power supply. If you were to hook an oscilloscope up you would see noise occurring. Some of it would appear to have a regular frequency in Khz or Mhz. Would this put off EM ...
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### Voltage across voltage source in a short circuit

When we short-circuit a voltage source, the current will be very high. The voltage across the wire is 0V. If we apply KVL, also the voltage across the voltage source is 0V. How can it be 0V if we have ...
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### Ohm's law experiment

I was going through my physics laboratory manual. In the Ohm's Law Experiment, the book states a few precautions without any reasoning. 1.The wire whose resistance has to be determined should ...
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### Calculation Equivalent Resistance In A Circuit With resistances connected in a circle [closed]

I am having trouble in finding the equivalent resistance between the terminals 'a' and 'b' in the following circuit: Please can anyone explain to me how to solve such problems. Thank You!
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### Why is a series resistor needed in a simple thermistor experiment? [closed]

I have come across the following simple question, however I can't see any need for a fixed resistor in series. The only possible reason that I can think of is that the resistance of the thermistor ...
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### Why does energy flow between a high voltage transmission line and linemen approaching it on a helicopter?

The video High power line workers shows linemen servicing a live high voltage transmission line. As the helicopter approaches the line, the lineman reaches out with a metallic wand that is ...
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### How to control a dc motor? [closed]

I am in 8th standard and I am doing a project on 3d printing pens. I want to know how to control a dc motor, so that when I press a button it should increase its speed gradually till it reaches its ...
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### Voltage of a battery in a circuit with an infinite resistance [closed]

I have a dilemma that I would like to share with you concerning batteries (without neglecting internal resistance), emf and resistance of a circuit. To better visualize my question you may need to ...
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### Help to solve a circuit with capacitor and resistor

Till now I'd never solved a circuit with resistor and capacitor. I'd seen the problem and tried to solve. But now I am in a doubt.The circuit was like that- My attempt-
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### The equivalent resistance betweeen A and B. I need the answer with proper explaination [closed]

how are we supposed to do this question if resistance is given as 1 ohm
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### How can power factor be improved by using a capacitor in an LCR circuit?

First of all what is even meant by improving power factor? My book says we can improve power factor by making impedance tend to resistance I.e. Z-》R, and then they say that power factor is improved by ...
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### Circuit energy evaluation

I saw in a documentary that given a circuit, the electron comes out of the negative side of the battery with some electrical potential energy and upon passing through a resistor it gives up all its ...
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### How to figure out if an element in a circuit is absorbing or delivering power?

. Eg: In the above circuit. 50v source and 0.2Va current source is said to absorb power.If power is absorbed,what work is done with the absorbed power.
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### what is the function of Current Source in a circuit?

The voltage across current source is due to current itself or due to the circuit within which it is present.
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### What is the condition for resistance in the branch to be parallel [closed]

What if the incoming current at one node not equal to the other, does the resistance in branch still parallel. Eg: In the above circuit diagram how is 17.5 Ω resistor parallel with 5Ω and 2.5Ω ...