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

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Questions (intuitive) about circuits and the flow of electrons

Why don't electrons accelerate in a circuit? If there is a potential difference and the electron moves in the circuit a force is exerted on it. Why does that force produce no acceleration, keeping the ...
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Specific differential equation in RLC circuit

I have been studying differential equations in RLC circuits: specifically I am looking at a generator with fixed EMF $=E$,a capacitor $C$, an inductor with inductance $L$ and internal resistance ...
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How to calculate a charge of capacitors on a circuit (both paraller and serial)

I have a circuit with capacitors on it: I am trying to figure out the charge on each capacitor. The following is given: i know that parallel capacitors follow the equation and that ...
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Voltage in a lossless transmission line

I have a question where I'm deriving expressions for different variables within a lossless transmission line. Here's the question as posed: Consider a lossless transmission line of characteristic ...
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Ohm's Law Intuition

When we derive Ohm's Law using the Drude Model, we assume at one point of time that $E=V/L$, when is fact, $E=dV/dL$, unless $E$ is constant, in which case the assumption $E=V/L$ is true. But I don't ...
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Calculating current in parallel [closed]

Hypothetically, I have a circuit with a two $10\Omega$ resistors in parallel. I supply them say, $2V$. How do I calculate the current? What if, say, the circuit now has a $10\Omega$ resistor and a ...
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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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Ohms law and multiple resistors

In my physics class, we did an experiment in which we supported Ohm's law. We used a simple circuit that includes one resistor. The relationship of I = VR, and variants thereof, became apparent. We ...
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Resistor and LED - together and separated

Something very basic which I don't get no matter how much I read. circuit A: only a resistor and power supply - the resistor will burn. circuit B: only a LED and power supply - the LED will damaged. ...
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Physical question on an RLC circuit

I do not know if this is an appropriate place to ask this question here but this is the only website that I am a member of so I hope that it is okay. If not, I can delete it. This circuit question ...
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How to calibrate an Ammeter?

Calibrating an ammeter is tricky thing to do. The obvious way would be connecting it to another good ammeter and see if they get the same result. However, people have been telling you can use a ...
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What exactly is ''electric energy''?

If the two fundamental types of energy are kinetic and potential energy, is electric energy simply the kinetic energy of charge carriers? Also, is the statement "A cell converts chemical potential ...
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Back $emf$ and power?

The formula relating current to back emf is $V-E=IR$ where $V$ is the source pd and $E$ is the back Emf. Thus it can be seen that as the back emf increases the current decreases. But what is the ...
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High Current at first and then steady from a battery

I just came up with a question, When a battery is connected to a circuit, the current first suddenly peaks up and slowly goes down to a steady value. Why is it so? I have not actually observed this, ...
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Proof of Thevenin and Norton theorem

How can I prove Thevenin's and Norton's theorem? Thévenin's theorem can be used to convert any circuit's sources and impedances to a Thévenin equivalent.
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Calculating decibel gain and loss

I'm doing a mobile/wireless networking subject and the physics aspect is giving me some trouble. I'm mainly confused about the conversion of dB, dBm and dBW and how to calculate the gain/loss from an ...
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Do I understand impedance correctly?

$$Let\quad \vec { Z } =R+Xj$$ If $X>0$,then the impedance is lagging (current lags behind voltage).If $X<0$, then the impedance is leading (current leads voltage or more accurately, voltage lags ...
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Energy conservation when capacitor charges in a zero resistance circuit

We know that when a capacitor charges from a source $E$, it stores energy of $E=\frac{1}{2}QV $. This is derived without taking into consideration any resistances present in the circuit. We also ...
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What's the physical meaning of the imaginary component of impedance?

As you know, impedance is defined as a complex number. Ideal capacitors: $$ \frac {1} {j \omega C} \hspace{0.5 pc} \mathrm{or} \hspace{0.5 pc} \frac {1} {sC} $$ Ideal inductors: $$ j \omega L ...
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Power wasted and power delivered?

If a power source is supplying a current I and a voltage V, that travels to its destination through resistors of restance R is the power delivered at the destination = $VI - RI^2$, where $(Pi=) VI$ is ...
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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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How can current be a smooth curve?

The following is a graph of the current across some circuit element: Note how the current is treated like a smooth continuous function. Even in the analysis of things (i.e. analysis of the ...
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Circuits and Power [closed]

"The diagram below represents a simple circuit composed of 5 identical light bulbs and 2 flashlight batteries. Which bulb (or bulbs) would you expect to be the brightest? a) V only b) V and W ...
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How to model “Doppler Distortion” of speakers?

Simple Model w/o Doppler I have a speaker driven by an electrical signal. The pressure at the sampling point is some linear operator acting on the input signal: $L[ s(t)]$. Where $L$ combines the ...
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Sign convention for EMF

When we define the field generate by EMF, why there is not negative sign in $\mathcal{E} = \oint \vec{E} \cdot d\vec{l}$? Usually we talk about potential, there should be a negative sign, right?
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Batteries and fields?

Batteries generate fields in wires that essentially cause the movement of electrons. I think of batteries as two charged plates that essentially contain a mechanism between them to move electrons from ...
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Ohms Law Voltage/Potential Difference [duplicate]

Three 2.0 Ω resistors are connected in series to a 12 V battery. What is the potential difference across each resistor? � This question requires Ohms law because V is needed right? So I would use I = ...
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Back EMF & Current, how can we make the current $I$ stable?

Lets assume we have a wire that has $10V$ across and $1$ $Amp$ flowing, now if this conductor is introduced to a changing magnetic field, $-EMF$ is induced, can we control our voltage to increase it ...
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How “earthing” electricity work?

I made a simple bulb-battery circuit and then I cut one of the wires and attached both ends to cemented floor, the bulb didn't glow, this means cemented floor is a ...
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Voltage across parallel combination on adding another resistance

Suppose we have a battery with terminal PD $V$ connected to an external resistor of resistance $R_1$. Now if another resistor say $R_2$ is added in parallel to $R_1$ , does the potential drop across ...
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Finding the voltage of an inductor in a RL series circuit [closed]

Here is the solution: This assigned question is an odd one since it doesn't seem to have anything to do with phasors which is the chapter I am currently studying. I know that that the phase ...
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Circuit analysis: Two nodes as one?

Can I treat these two nodes in the center as if there were only one node connecting these four components?
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Weird resistor patterns [closed]

I came up with the following question: The vertices of tetrahedron ABCD are all connected by 1-ohm resistors. What is the total resistance between A and B? I haven't the faintest idea how to ...
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Thermal noise from capacitor; circuit analysis

I'm trying to model the thermal noise from a capacitor. The capacitor is connected directly into an amplifier with resistance $R_{A}$ and capacitance $C_{A}$. A noisy capacitor is modelled as a ...
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Is this way of solving Thevenin theorem correct?

This thevenin theorem is really giving me a headache, and I've really searched many sources in the internet but they confused me more and more. Take this as an example: The guy in the above link ...
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Wheatstone bridge Capacitor,Dead Capacitor [closed]

I want to know that if in a Wheatstone Bridge ,that is made of capacitors only we have this condition $c_1c_3=c_2c_4$. The $c_5$ capacitor would be dead and it's voltage would be zero? Actually I ...
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Charge Amplifier response and frequency response [closed]

I am getting ready for my final and have completed everything on my study guide except for two questions I cannot figure out. Here is the first question: I have gone through all my lectures and ...
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How do the different types of energy apply to voltage in a circuit

I was just wondering what happens in a circuit in terms of different types of energy transformations. If you apply a voltage to a circuit then electrons start moving (very slowly). Since the electrons ...
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Resistances connected in series

When resistances connected in series then why through each resistances the different potential difference occurs?
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The shape of the graph of the equation: $V= -r I + E$

I have recently collected data (for a school experiment) in order to measure the EMF and the internal resistance of a solar cell. The data complied with the equation: $V = -rI + E$, i.e. the voltage ...
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Kirchoff's rules and RC circuits [closed]

You can view the image bigger: http://i.stack.imgur.com/4moUP.png I'm studying RC circuits and I can't understand the part when we use Kirchoff's rule. When working with batteries, when we're ...
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If you have $N$ 1ohm resistors, how many distinct equivalent resistances can you create?

If you have $N$ 1ohm resistors, how many distinct equivalent resistances can you create? Assume that only parallel and series and mixture of them is allowed and no bridging between two parallel ...
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Simultaneous Charging and Discharging Capacitor

sorry if I sound little noobish. Though I have a fairly good understanding of physics, I sometimes don't understand the electrical aspects. Say there is a capacitor. This capacitor is expected to act ...
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How does a Photocell/Photoresistor work? [closed]

I'm just curious highschooler beginning an interest in electronics and this concept of light detecting resistance component is really intriguing to me. I assume it's an application of the ...
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The value of current and voltage in a circuit

The picture is just for example. I don't know why $i$ and $i_1$ have different directions and $i+i_1=0$ according to KCL. Also, the value of voltage at each element. I mean in why the $V$ of the end ...
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How does series circuit differ from parallel circuit?

Why does same current $I$ flow in the series circuit but it isn't the case with resistors in parallels?
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electric current in parallel circuit [closed]

If I have a parallel circuit with two resistors ($R_1=48 \Omega$ and $R_2=16 \Omega$) - and $R_1$ has a $0.1 A$ current running through, is it possible to calculate the current through $R_2$ without ...
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Power dissipated through resistor in RC circuit with charged Capacitor [closed]

so here's the problem: A simple RC circuit where the capacitor has been charged, and two resistors are in parallel configuration. How does one find the power (as function of time) through any of 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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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 ...