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

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Impedance Matching

When viewing fast pulses on an oscilloscope, why is impedance matching required? I'm not totally clear on why. I'm guessing it is because I don't want 'ringing' and because I want signal integrity.
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How electric currents can flow between 2 points at the same potential?

According to Ohm's law, if there is a potential difference, $V$, across a resistor then there is a current, $I$, flowing through it. Since we assume that points along the connecting wire are at the ...
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Confusion about P=VI and V=IR

If we look at $P=VI$, we see that if the current doubles then the potential difference is halved but this doesn't seem to make sense according to $V=IR$. If we look at that equation, since the ...
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Solving a rather unusual (diagonal) circuit

I have problems solving an electric circuit. I need to find the red drawn "I" (Current). However the way the electric circuit is drawn strikes me. I have very basic knowledge of physics and my skills ...
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Solving a circuit with Kirchoff/Ohms Law

Good evening, I haven't had physics since year 7 and now I need to use elementary things in university. Since I lack a lot of basics I am now trying my best to fill these holes. Currently I am stuck ...
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What is the electric current $I_{12}$ and voltage $U_{12}$ in following electric circuit? [closed]

What is the electric current $I_{12}$ and voltage $U_{12}$ in following electric circuit? $I_{12}$ and $U_{12}$ are between points 1 and 2. . I have used this in constructing this electric circuit ...
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What is current of electric circuit which has only one component - a battery (or cell)? [closed]

What is current of electric circuit which has only one component a battery (or cell)? Explain why.
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Electromotive force

EMF is defined as: "The potential difference across the terminals of a battery or dry cell when it is giving no current to the circuit." So, if current starts to flow from the ...
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Basic questions about voltage drop in DC circuit

I understand all the concepts of what voltage is using all the analogies but some things related to the drop of voltage across a circuit confuses me. If I had a short circuit and attached a ...
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Instantaneous current after battery unplugged in RL circuit?

I've been racking my brain over this, and I can't find any clues in my textbook as to how to approach it. I have the following circuit: My goal is to find R such that, right after the switch is ...
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Why do we use Root Mean Square (RMS) values when talking about AC voltage

What makes it a good idea to use RMS rather than peak values of current and voltage when we talk about or compute with AC signals.
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Compute closed line integral of electric field in circuit

I have a circuit where resistor is parallel to capacitor, which is charged with voltage U. How to compute line integral around closed loop to get the result of Kirchhof second law - ...
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Nodal Analysis of an electrical circuit

I have several doubts about solving circuits. Can any circuit be solved using Nodal Analysis? If some circuit can be solved using Nodal Analysis, can it be solved using Mesh Analysis too? Why do we ...
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Electrostatic notion of voltage as it applies to circuits

I have a question that's been bothering me about electric fields, voltage, and circuit analysis. Initially, I came to understand voltage as it was taught in the context of electrostatics - through ...
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Derivation of Ohm's Law

Is it possible to derive Ohm's law (perhaps in some appropriate limit) from Maxwell's Equations?
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Finding current using EMF & internal resistance

What exactly is the difference between internal resistance and resistance? This came up in the context of a homework problem I have been given: The circuit shown in the figure contains two ...
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An Ideal Transformer

In a transformer assumed to be transformer, power in the primary is equal to power in the secondary. So in a sense, the power in the secondary is 'fixed'. Output voltage in the secondary is also fixed ...
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Microphones, Loudspeaker and their analogies to spring mass system

I have just started studying Microphones and Loudspeakers. I need a good text to refer which can explain their mechanical analogies with simplicity and basics too.
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Why is the anode (+) in a device that consumes power & (-) in one that provides power?

I was trying to figure out the flow of electrons in a battery connected to a circuit. Conventionally, current is from the (+) terminal to the (-) terminal of the battery. Realistically it flows the ...
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Why is current not 0 in a regular resistor - battery circuit immediately after you closed a circuit?

In regular open circuits with either a capacitor or inductor element, (when capacitor is uncharged) with a battery, when a switch is closed to complete the circuit the current is said to be 0 because ...
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Can a battery charger be too powerful for a rechargeable battery?

I got the impression that a regular iPhone charger can charge the iPhone and the iPhone won't become too hot while charging, and the charging time is standard, but if using the 10W iPad charger to ...
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How does power consumption vary with the processor frequency in a typical computer?

I am looking for an estimate on the relationship between the rate of increase of power usage as the frequency of the processor is increased. Any references to findings on this would be helpful.
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Battery fully loaded, pull out the chord?

I recently bought a new phone (Samsung Galaxy 3) and when the battery is fully loaded, it says like "Battery fully loaded, pull out the chord". Is this a typo from Samsung, or would there ...
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What are the characteristics of a quadripole circuit element?

I'm reading Music, Physics and Engineering (H. Olson 1967), and contains models of musical instruments as electric circuits, i.e. uses the analogies between electrical circuits and mechanical ...
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Can inductance or resistance be negative or “infinite”?

Since the potential different or voltage drop is positive (am I allow to say voltage drop or potential difference in the presence of a changing current?), the current flows from right to left since ...
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Non-conservative Electric Field

I was watching this video from Walter Lewin and while watching these two videos, I noticed there is a "contradiction" in what he is doing. All links direct you exactly to where he begins, so you don't ...
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Voltage and resistance in series connection

In a series connection with n elements it is true that (voltage): $$V = V_1 + V_2 + ... +V_n$$ and (resistance): $$R = R_1 + R_2 + ... +R_n$$ If I know one of these I can infer the other. But is ...
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How are quantum potential wells fabricated?

Potential wells, such as infinite and finite potential well, have been the standard examples in quantum mechanics textbooks for tens of years. They started being only theoretical toy models but as ...
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What are the effects of cosmic rays on consumer electronics?

When electronics/computer companies design a new chip, processor/ memory card/ or a solar cell, do they study the effect of cosmic rays on such electronically sensitive materials? If not, why not?
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Algorithmic approach for applying Kirchhoff's Rules to circuit analysis

Working with Kirchhoff's rules, I am attempting to device an algorithmic approach to finding the unknowns of the problems, I am of a Computer Science background and I am finding it difficult to ...
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what exactly do electric waves transfer from one point of the wire to other..? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how does electricity propagate in a conductor? so basically i was considering the speed of the charges inside wire defined by the drift velocity and speed of electric ...
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Imaginary voltage in simple RC circuit

As a homework assignment, we have to find $U_a(\omega)$, that is the voltage that drops over the right resistor in relation to the frequency $\omega$ of the input AC voltage $U_e$. For the two ...
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Parallel or series connection?

Are C1, C2 and C3 connected in parallel, or C2, C3 in parallel and C1 in series with C23? Btw it appeared as a question in the basic physics Albanian A-levels yesterday. You had to find the ...
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Franck-Hertz Experiment explanation

Can anyone explain to me how the Franck-Hertz experiment works? (in term of electric current and voltage changes) I am getting all confused. More specifically, why is an accelerating grid (or mesh ...
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short circuit an alkaline battery

i'm not doing anything related to physics, but i'm just curious : What really happen when i short circuit an alkaline battery ? some article in the net shown that fire/explosion can be happened when ...
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Distorted colors of Google StreetView photographs near electric power lines

This is a followup to my question: Cyclist's electrical tingling under power lines Some users presented a convincing picture that the electric shocks under power lines are primarily from the ...
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Could a variable capacitor divider replace a Variac?

Hmmm... You can definitely drop down the voltage, and ideal capacitors don't dissipate any power. So it seems, at first glance, that you could use a capacitor divider as a lossless voltage step-down ...
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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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Modeling stochastic process with frequency-dependent power spectrum

I'm trying to model of Johnson-Nyquist noise propagation in a nonlinear circuit. An ideal (linear) resistor can be modeled very nicely by the Fokker-Planck equation (equivalently, the drift-diffusion ...
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How are the CPU power and temperature caculated/estimated?

From Wikipedia The power consumed by a CPU, is approximately proportional to CPU frequency, and to the square of the CPU voltage: $$ P = C V^2 f $$ (where C is capacitance, f is ...
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Cyclist's electrical tingling under power lines

It's been happening to me for years. I finally decided to ask users who are better with "practical physics" when I was told that my experience – that I am going to describe momentarily – prove that I ...
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Does using batteries in a series raise the overall Wh's of the batteries used? Why/Why Not?

If one has 2 batteries of 6 Volts each with 500 mAh each, then separately the batteries should provide 6 Volts * 500 mAh = 3 Wh each or 6 Wh total. However would it be the case that if someone where ...
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Emf Of a Cell in a common circuit

My questions will be based on the above figure. The Emf Source V1 and R1 Together form a cell(R1 is internal resistance) R2 Represents the entire load on the source VoltMeter My teacher told ...
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RC circuit theory and voltage in the capacitor vs Ohm's Law

Consider a simple series RC circuit at steady state (capacitor is full). I've been told that once the capacitor is full we can literally "cut" the circuit because no current can flow. That ...
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Measure the voltage of a resistor without error

We have a simple circuit given, a resistor $R_x$ and a fixed current source with $I = 50 \, \mathrm{\mu A}$. Now over the resistor there is a currentmeter which has an internal resistance. In any case ...
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Lightbulbs in circuits. Why does the current go UP? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the light bulb's brightness decrease? So I have a circuit in the picture with three resistors. If I were to remove/disconnect $R_2$ from the circuit, ...
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Why does the light bulb's brightness decrease?

The book said that the brightness of R1 would increase and R2 would decrease. I don't understand this at all. Why does adding a wire from b to c change anything to R1? Shouldn't charge still flow ...
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In an alternating current, do electrons flow from the source to the device?

If electrons in an alternating current periodically reverse their direction, do they really flow? Won't they always come back to the same position?
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Electric circuit. Slight problem with the sign on voltages

Translation first! The figure shows an electric circuit. a) Use Kirchhoffs 2.law on the part-circuit abed and show that $I_3$ = 0,50A. b) Explain that $I_2 + I_5 = 2,0A$. Use Kirchhoffs 2.law on the ...
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What's the right way to calculate charge on a capacitor?

How much charge is on each plate of a 4.00-F capacitor when it is connected to a 12.0-V battery? I said 2.4 x 10^-5 C because there are two plates of a parallel plate capacitor. But the key said only ...