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

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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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Resistance in A.C. circuits

Why do electromagnets offer maximum resistance in A.C. circuits?
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How do radio antennas follow electrical rules

Power = current times voltage. However current requires a complete circuit to 'flow'. How can a 1,000 Watt antenna work if the output of the transmitter is connected to a single emitting wire or ...
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Resistor Puzzle [closed]

I was going through physics competition problems on http://fykos.org/ when I stumbled across this one: ... The Square The Joker The electric circuit in the image is made from the infinite ...
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Why is Kirchoff's Current Rule valid?

The fact that Kirchoff's Current Rule is valid means that whatever current flows in flows out. But this will only be valid for a steady current circuit, that is, when there is no accumulation of ...
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How to apply kirchoff's laws to motors in DC and AC settings

DC case: is it ok to treat a motor as a variable resistor, with resistance depending on the load? AC case: suppose I have a motor that runs at 120V AC and is rated to X watts, how can I determine how ...
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Sign of induced EMF and other elements in AC circuit

I am having problems to determine the direction of the induced EMF in AC circuits. For example, we have an inductor of inductance $L$. The induced EMF is given by: $$ \epsilon = - L \frac{di}{dt} $$ ...
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Some questions related to circuits and flow of electrons

I have some doubts related to electric fields and flow of current. So, let us assume an electric circuit, which contains a battery and a wire connecting positive and negative terminal of the battery. ...
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Electric circuit for nonlinear pendulum?

Is it possible to make an electric circuit analogue of nonlinear pendulum? To model the equation $y''=sin(y) $. They did this on analog computers in the past, how? How to model sine-nonlinearity?
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Input Resistance vs Output Resistance

I am having trouble understanding the difference between these two concepts. I know that input resistance is the resistance as seen by the input terminals and output is as seen at the output ...
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How do electrons choose their way through nodes? [duplicate]

Suppose I have a circuit, powered by some emf ($V$). If I put two resistors $R1$ and $R2$ of different resistances in parallel, the current at the node is divided following Kirchhoff's circuit laws. ...
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Drift velocity of electrons with changing area

What would happen with the drift velocity of a cylindrical resistor's diameter increases, with a given voltage between its terminals? According to the expression: \begin{align} ...
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Kirchoff's law, can it tell me the direction of current in this case?

Say I want to find the current Ia in the circuit below: If I use the approach of using kirchoff's voltage law and ohm's law on the left loop, I get $-24V -12k\Omega*1mA -21k\Omega*I_a = 0$ $I_a = ...
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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 ...
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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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Intuitively, Why is Power Proportional to $I^2R$

As the resistance of a circuit goes down, the power increases because the current increases, assuming constant voltage. Why is this? I feel like resistance and current are inversely proportional, so ...
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Circuit current direction [closed]

Can someone explain to me why the direction of the arrows are drawn the way they are in the electric circuit in the picture.
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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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Electrical injuries - Doorknob vs powerline

This is something that has bothered me since high school physics. I have a medical and engineering degree, yet I can't for my life answer this question in a way that's logically consistent in my ...
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What's the purpose of capacitors in parallel

In my school textbook it is written that the capacitor acts as a filter, that is, it decreases the fluctuations in the potential difference across the load. But since all the components are ...
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What changes in the electrons before and after a voltage drop?

It is easy to visualize gravitational potential energy as a function of the position of height, and a change in this potential is manifested in a change in height. Further, by the work-energy theorem ...
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Effective resistance across 2 adjacent vertices of a dodecahedron with each edge $r$

What will be the effective resistance across 2 adjacent vertices of a regular dodecahedron (12 faces) with each edge having resistance $r$? Here is the source for the problem, it's problem 20. on ...
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Problem with differential equation RLC circuit serie [closed]

I am trying solve the differential equation of RLC's circuit in serie, I have: $C=4\ F, L= 1\ H$, $R=5\ \Omega$, and $V_e=20\ V$. $1)$ first I got the equation, it is: $i''+5i'+\frac{1}{4}i=0$, what ...
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Do resistors have internal energy?

I was reading about LC Oscillations in my book and came upon this: In actual circuits,there is always some resistance and some energy is therefore transformed to internal energy. Why internal ...
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Why does current density changes but not current? [closed]

let us assume that we have a conductor with a specified resistance ( case 1 ) and a normal conductor ( case 2 ) as shown in the figure , and now we apply an external electric field with a battery on ...
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Potential difference across a resistor

I would like to know if the potential difference between the two ends of the resistance is same as the potential difference between any tow points in the resistance whose length is smaller than the ...
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Electric field along a wire and load

I have referred to many books and all of them apply loss in potential across a resistor only in case of circuits. However, the electric field is present in the whole conductor. Hence the electrons ...
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Why does wet skin offer less resistance?

I know that water with salts is a good conductor-However wetting a hand only adds water to a not very conductive surface. How does water actually reduce the resistance of skin? The way I am seeing it ...
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Resistors in parallel - Written description of a circuit - drawing needed [closed]

I can't visualise what this circuit looks like from the description Three identical resistors are connected across a potential difference V so that one of them is in parallel with the other two ...
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Graph of 1/Current on Y, and R on X axis. What does the intercept represent?

1/I on the Y axis, and Resistance on X. Gradient represents 1/V. Am I right in thinking that the intercept is representative of the Emf of the supply? As I believe the equation would be 1/I=R/V+C, ...
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Why does an electron lose all of its energy in a resistor?

Why does the electron uses nearly all of its energy for one resistor in a simple circuit made of a battery, wire, and resistor? I really need to know what happens exactly at the atomic level in the ...
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How can the transfer function of an infinite ladder network be used to solve real world problems?

In his lectures on Physics, Feynman illustrates a mathematical 'trick' in formulating the impedance of an infinite ladder, LC network. It basically counts on the assumption that adding one more 'rung' ...
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How do the voltage rises balance with the voltage drops in this example of a series circuit?

Consider a resistor and a capacitor in series, with the capacitor initially charged. There is a conservative electric field in the circuit, so $$\oint \vec{E}\dot{}d\vec{l}=0,$$ which gives $$\int_a^b ...
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Textbook recommendations for electrical circuits and electronics?

I'm a junior physics major focusing on theoretical physics. I didn't take any courses in electrical circuits or electronics (though I did take E&M). Recently I started feeling that this is a ...
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How to compute the charge as a function of time in a simple C-L circuit

I am trying to compute $q(t)$ in a series circuit consisting of a capacitor of plate charges $q_0$ and $-q_0$ and an inductor. The switch is closed at time $t=0$. By Kirchoff's Law, ...
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References on Josephson ring modulators

I would like some good references on Josephson junctions and, in particular, Josephson ring modulators. I know that Devoret has written a handful of papers and notes on JJs, but I am hoping to find ...
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Distribution of surface charges in an electric circuit

I'm reading Sherwood and Chabay's brilliant textbook Matter and Interactions, in particular the section that deals with how the surface charges in an electric circuit distribute themselves to generate ...
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Diode's volt-ampere characteristics

The Problem is that If the reverse saturation current is $10\ \text{nA}$ ($1\ \text{nA}=10^{-9}\ \text{A}$), Calculate the forward current while the forward voltage is $0.6\ \text{V}$. And explain ...
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Applying Kirchoff voltage law to a short circuit

If you consider an ideal wire with no resistance that shorts an ideal battery, the only voltage drop that exists is the emf of the battery, with nothing to balance it. Obviously in the real world ...
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RC circuit discharging capacitor, trouble understanding

If we apply loop rule while charging the circuit we get: $$\varepsilon -iR-\frac{q}{C}=0$$ The way I understand, we follow trough the circuit just before the battery, as we move trough the circuit ...
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What is capacitance, in general?

In circuit analysis software capacitance can be measured between any two nodes of a circuit or of a multiterminal device. In practical terms we take $C_{ij}$, the capacitance between $i$ and $j$ as ...
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How do electrons “know” to share their voltage between two resistors?

My physics teacher explained the difference between voltage and current using sandwiches. Each person gets a bag full of sandwiches when they pass through the battery. Current = the number of people ...
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Why don't you get electrocuted when you jump and touch an electric fence?

I've read that you won't get electrocuted if you jump and touch an electric fence because you aren't closing the circuit with the ground. Which is also why birds don't get electrocuted when they're ...
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Closing a switch in series with a capacitor

Suppose we have the following circuit: Such that for $t<0$ the switch M was open. If we close the switch at $t=0$ what will the voltage on the capacitor, $V_C$, be at $t=0^+$? What about $\dot ...
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Why is there an electric field in a wire even though it is a conductor?

If you take a perfect conductor, there cannot be a field across it since if there were, the particles would arrange themselves in a way to cancel out the field right? Yet, why does the same not hold ...
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Why does the symbol have an arrow? [closed]

What does the arrow in the symbol mean? Does it mean that it is a variable voltmeter and ammeter?
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Is the electric field in the wires of the parallel circuit always the same and how that affects current?

When we connect two resistors connected in parallel with a battery, it creates an electric field through this wire. well, my question here: Is the electric field in the main wire is the same as the ...