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

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Why does the thickness of a wire affect resistance?

For small thicknesses of wire, it's pretty obvious why resistance affects thickness. (The electronics squeeze to get through). But after a certain thickness shouldn't the thickness become irrelevant? ...
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Voltmeter readings at different points in a circuit

I have a circuit with a 6 volt battery and 2 resistors A and B in that order.A has a potential drop of 2 volts and B has a P.D of 4 v. which means every electron moving across the resp. resistors ...
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Understanding frequency of a signal

I'm trying to understand how can one transmit different signals on a same copper wire using different frequencies. How does the electrons actually interact with the frequency? And how does the ...
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What is zero impedance in AC circuit?

If a capacitor is connected with an inductor, then because $$Z=\frac{1}{j\omega C}+j\omega L,$$ the Z may be zero. Does that mean when I apply a voltage, the current will be infinite large? What's ...
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Finding power in series circuit

A resistor of resistance 12 ohms is connected in series with a cell of negligible internal resistance. The power dissipated in the resistor is P. The resistor is replaced with a resistor of resistance ...
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N-type semiconductors and the number of holes?

Let us say we have Germanium which has been doped with antimony. Antinomy has a a fifth valence electron not involved in bonding. Is this electron in the valence band? I ask because all texts on the ...
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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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How to calculate current flowing down a wire connecting charge to ground

If charge Q is connected to ground through a wire, how would you calculate the current that flows as a function of time? No other information is given. I have not seen this type of problem in the ...
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Simple confusion about parallel resistors

that tension generator has 1V , Can i just ignore it and apply the parallel resistors theorem R= R1R2/R1 + R2 ? and replace R1 and R2 by R? if the generator wasn't there this would be easy
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Can Thevenin voltage ever be negative?

So in context of Thevenin's and Norton's theorem, can Thevenin voltage $V_{th}$, as in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thevenin_theorem, ever be negative? I know that $R_{th}$ can be negative, but never ...
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Why isn't resistance proportional to distance squared

Here we have a wire. At both ends there is an equal and opposite field caused by a chemical reaction. So, if we decrease or increase the distance between the two points, the strength of the field ...
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Getting maximum power/brightness from 5 lightbulbs with different resistances [closed]

Hi I am trying to figure out the best way to arrange 5 lightbulbs to get all of them to have the maximum brightness with a 30V battery. The 5 five lightbulbs have different resistances: 3ohms, 6ohms, ...
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How to deal with a $0\Omega$ resistor connected in parallel? [closed]

There is a side without resistance, what is the equivalent resistance? Can anyone help me solve this?
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I wonder why I cannot charge a capacitor with alternating current?

Why can't I charge the capacitor with AC? How do the plates block the flow of electrons with DC but not with AC. Somebody told me that the DC is blocked by the capacitor, so the capacitor gets ...
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$V = V_1 + V_2$ confusion? Why is my “proof ”incorrect? [closed]

Why isn't $V= V_1 + V_2$? $V=V_a - V_c = V_a - V_b + V_b - V_c$, $V_a - V_b= V_1$ and $V_b - V_c = V_2$ Doesn't that prove that $V = V_1 + V_2$? Regardless of $V_3$, If i'm wrong , is there a way ...
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Is $V= V_1 + V_2$? horrible question but im confused [duplicate]

So yeah , the answer seems true but i'm very skeptical about it since D3 is in the middle
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Parallel and series circuit problem

When two resistors, each of resistance 4.0 ohms, are connected in parallel with a battery, the current leaving the battery is 3.0 A. When the same two resistors are connected in series with the ...
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How similar is comparison between the principle behind Newton's Cradle versus AC Current moving down a transmission line?

Anyone who has taken high school physics has seen the following assembly. You drop one ball from the left hand side and the ball from the farthest right hand side gets knocked away. This is to ...
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AC circuit analysis: Why does current have the same frequency as the voltage?

The above example we have a 50hz AC voltage source. Why is that when we solve for I, I must have frequency of 50 Hz? Is there any phyiscal (non-mathematical) reason to explain this? Thank you
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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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What happens in a circuit, when the wire and the battery are superconducting. And shorted

When a wire with no resistance is connected to the terminals of an ideal battery, will a current exist in the circuit? If a capacitor is added to the circuit, will it be charged by the battery or will ...
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Different batteries connected in parallel

If we have 2 batteries one of emf x and the other is of emf y and we connect them in series we get an effective emf of x+y. But what if we connect them in parallel, how to calculate the emf now?
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Why doesn't a resistor dissipate reactive power? [closed]

Is there a (preferably microscopic) explanation for why a resistor does not dissipate reactive power?
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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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Is real voltage always the real part of complex voltage?

If I have a complex voltage $V_z$ is real voltage $V$ (i.e. the voltage used in the normal ohms law and the voltage we normally talk about) always given by $V=Re(V_z)$. Does the same apply to current? ...
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Finding the current in a parallel circuit [closed]

Two resistors are joined as shown. The top resistor receives a current of 3 A. What is the current in the other resistor? What is the current that enters at junction A? I'm confused on how the two ...
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Am I solving this basic Kirchoff's current law and Ohm's law problem correctly?

After moving onto some of the practice textbook exercises in the section covering Kirchhoff's current law and Ohm's law, I came across a problem which evades my best attempts at solving it. Using ...
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What's wrong with this solution to freshman textbook example for Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's current law?

I'm a freshman taking an introductory course on circuit theory and I've run into a bit of trouble working through a textbook example practice problem. Unfortunately, it only lists the answer and not ...
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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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How is voltage increased from a battery?

I have recently watched a video about a powerful Octa-copter that uses 30,000 Volt brushless motors to propell, the batteries however look quite small about a 19v laptop battery. How is the voltage ...
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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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Question about indutive loads in power system [closed]

Our home appliances are mostly resistive loads and the bill we pay for consuming power is actually real power. If we use more inductive loads at our home, will it just cause problems in power factor ...
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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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What does raising voltage do?

If I raise the voltage of a wire from 0V to 1000V and then to 5000V, am I merely packing it with more and more electrons (with those electrons being trapped there until they find a path off the wire)? ...
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Unsure how resistors are connected? (Series/Parallel) [duplicate]

I am currently attempting this practice question in my tutorial and while I am able to reduce the circuit below to I do not know whether the 6/6/6/6 pane is connected in series or parallel, it ...
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Resistors in para and series circuit, finding volt [closed]

How anyone know how to do the question? I know how to reduce it to a window pane of 6/6/6/6 with a 3 in series but i have no idea how to do it. Well i did manage to reduce the right side of the ...
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Unsatisfactory explanation for the EMF measurement of a battery

Experimentally, I have seen how hooking up a battery to a simple circuit just with a high-resistance voltmeter raises the voltage reading (allegedly to a level equal to the EMF of the battery). ...
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Are voltages discrete when we zoom in enough?

Voltages are often thought of as continuous physical quantities. I was wondering whether by zooming in a lot, they are discrete. I feel like the answer to the above question is yes as voltages in the ...
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potential difference in parallel connecting resistors

How could the potential difference be constant across all the resistors of parallel connecting resistors although each resistor has a specific resistance?
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How does Ohm's law apply to superconductors?

As radio amateurs we've all learned the various relationships of power, voltage, current and resistance as expressed in Ohm's Law. My question relates to the following simple circuit showing an ideal ...
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Concepts in Gabriel Kron's later papers

Gabriel Kron was an important research electrical engineer known for applying differential geometry and algebraic topology to the study of electrical system. Towards the end of his career he published ...
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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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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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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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Potential difference (PD) and electromotive force (EMF) in terms of electrons?

I am trying to understand potential difference and electromotive force in terms of electrons. In the above 3 circuit diagrams the red shows (what I think to be) the distribution of electrons ...
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Current in a circuit with resistors and capacitors

Suppose we have a circuit with both resistors and capacitors and some voltage source. If we want to calculate the current in the circuit, do we apply Ohms law? My doubt is that this would only take ...
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Energy stored in a capacitor in an RC circuit

Suppose we have a capacitor of capacitance $C$ and a cell of emf $E$, why is the maximum energy stored in a capacitor equal to $\tfrac{1}{2}CE^2$? I feel confused because, the potential difference ...
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How are electromagnetic waves differentiated?

I would like to know how the signals for remote controlled cars, radios, etc.. That use radio waves are told apart from each other. I know that the radio waves are modulated to encode data and the ...
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Current through two inductors after a long time

I'm having trouble with visualizing the following problem, which is asking me for the final, steady current in both inductors $L_{1}$ and $L_{2}$. I was thinking that after a long time, essentially ...
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Would magnetic flux be necessary for analogous systems?

I learned about the analogousness between mechanical and electrical systems a few months back (with the help of Feynman). Yesterday, my professor was lecturing about this topic, when she told that ...