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

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Wave velocity (R)LC circuits.

I'm attempting to simulate some fluid like mechanics using circuits. Specifically wave propagation. I am attempting to measure the wave propagation velocity using an oscilloscope on the circuit below, ...
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Does earth conduct electricity?

if we connected a voltage source with its two terminals in the earth does it conduct electricity ? and why they use something like " ground or earth " in safety to let the residual charges go to the ...
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Why is the voltage drop across this transistor the full voltage of the battery? [migrated]

I am currently learning about transistors from allaboutcircuits.com. He presented the following schematic: He claims that when the transistor is in its cutoff state, V.output will read the full ...
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Induction on a circuit with switch

I have the following circuit: It is subject to a steady, time-invariant magnetic field which points out of the paper. At $t = 0$, the switch closes. I thought that the magnetic flux would decrease ...
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Rheostat and how ohms affect them [on hold]

I have a two welding machines with the same problem. The rheostats, Ohmite 1.5Ω, 5.77 amps, are damaged. The replacement cost from manufacturer are $100 each. After searching on ebay I found some ...
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How do I find the electron confinement energies in a spherical quantum dot?

So if I've got a spherical quantum dot, we'll say it has a 10nm diameter for simplicity. This dot is a semiconductor and it has an electron with an effective mass altered by a factor of 0.2. How do I ...
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Connection of a rheostat [on hold]

I wanted to know how is the rheostat exactly connected in an electric circuit. Can anybody help by a diagram?
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What does a negative Thevenin-equivalent resistance mean?

What is the physical meaning of negative value of "Thevenin" resistance? Sometimes in the calculations, a negative value of Thevenin resistance appears.
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How do electrons actually move in a circuit?

Last year, we were taught about electricity, about how electrons move in a closed circuit. But as our teacher had not taught us about electric fields yet, she gave us a simplified model of motion of ...
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Why is $R_2$ and $ R_3$ parallel with $R_1$ in this circuit?

I know that if $V_2$ wasn't there it would make sense if $R_2$ and $R_3$ were parallel with each other and in series with $R_1$. Why is it different in this case?
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How does one measure the power factor?

How does one measure the power factor? $$\text{power factor}\equiv\frac{\text{power}}{|V||I|}=\frac{R}{\sqrt{R^2+(1/\omega^2C^2)}}$$ for an RC circuit driven with $V(t)=V_0\cos{(\omega t)}$.
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Shouldn't the currents be time-continuous here?

My intuition is that the current upon an inductor (say, a solenoid) will always be time-continuous, without "sudden changes". But below is a case that seemingly contradicts this point of view. There ...
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How is the current flow perpendicular to the wire?

This answer gives a great explanation of how surface charge builds up to force the current to move perpendicular to the wire: http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/102936/41086 However, it fails to ...
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How does the voltage across an inductor and a capacitor vary in series LCR circuit about resonance?

I am aware that at resonance, the voltage across the inductor and the capacitor are equal in magnitude and opposite in phase. However, I want to know how the voltage across $L$ and $C$ vary if I vary ...
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self inductance basic example: meaning of current flow AFTER opening circuit

while studying self-inductiance, I got into a tricky point... Consider this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IVJaXO_0XA (minute 13.00). At this moment, opening of the R-L circuit is ...
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Do the copper connectors we used in measuring the resistance of a wire contribute to the said measurement?

We measured the resistance of a wire by setting the multimeter to ohmmeter mode and connected the ends of the ohmmeter to the ends of the wire; and we also calculated the theoretical value using a ...
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Simple Circuits [on hold]

I have a small and easy dilemma, judging by how sophisticated the website is, and need a simple answer for it So $P=E/t$. And $P=I*V$. Therefore $E/t=I*V$. I just need an explanation on how this is ...
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Why is there no induced electric field in the experiment (Faraday's Law)

Below are three circuit diagrams for each of Faraday's experiments that allowed Faraday to come up with Faraday's Law. In Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics Griffiths states (on page 302 of ...
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Wheatstone bridge intuition - and the potential divider

I am having trouble understanding the working of a Wheatstone bridge. I am looking for an intuitive understanding of the process. Basically, I would like to have the following questions answered: ...
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Which lamp is brighter, the one through which electrons flow or current

I was thinking about problem that i don't really know the answer to. A circuit is set up with one battery and two identical lamps in series. Like so I know that electrons flow in the opposite ...
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Induced-EMF in a parallel circuit, vs a series circuit?

I wanted to know the difference between the induced-EMF in a series circuit layout, vs a parallel circuit layout. In a series the current would stay the same,however, the induced-EMF would increase? ...
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Why the EMF of a battery doesn't depend on distance between the two electrodes?

I have read that resistance of a conductor is directly proportional to its length. So, the EMF of a conductor (electrolyte of battery) should increase with increase in length/distance between the ...
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Finding equivalent resistance in complex circuit

In my previous Phys.SE question, situated here, I asked about finding the equivalent resistance of the following circuit : I got some very good answers and some tips. Now what if the same circuit is ...
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How to find the voltage?

How to find the voltage ? Given is the following mixed circuit below, every resistor has the value $1$ ohm, the current flow through the last resistor is $1$A and I have to find the voltage V ...
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Power dissipated in Series versus Parallel

Do two resistors in parallel dissipate more heat per unit time for an applied voltage when compared to two resistors in series?
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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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How is derived the relation between capacitances when a $Y-\Delta$ transformation is applied in a capacitors network?

A $Y-\Delta$ transformation can be applied to circuits in order to make an equivalent circuit (but simpler to put in terms of series/parallel devices). Wikipedia and other books show how to deduce the ...
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What is Switch Contact Rating? [migrated]

If Contact Rating of switch is 5A 240V AC & 0.25A 240 DC, Then is this switch can be used for contact rating of 220V (+10, -15% voltage variation) AC & 127V (+10, -15% voltage variation)
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Power dissipation across resistors in series

Suppose we have a simple circuit with an input voltage source $V$ and two resistors. Now if we want to find the power dissipated by each resistor using the formula $V^2/R$, should the voltage be the ...
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According to the Kirchhoff's law, what's the ratio between currents in output branches of a node?

How the current distribute in branches of a node in a circuit? Is it randomly? Can it be zero in an output branch when all branches have ~same physical features? For example, suppose the current as ...
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Explanation for: A monopole antenna must contain a resistor (or equivalent) and therefore must have 2 terminals?

Could someone explain why this sentence makes sense: A monopole antenna transfers energy from electrical domain to the electromagnetic domain, hence must contain (equivalently) a resistor, hence ...
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Close or open circuit?

A electric source provides a non electrostatic influence on the charges inside the source which pushes the positive charges from the negative terminal to the positive one. Does this happen when the ...
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Capacitor discharging

We know that discharge a capacitor will cause the voltage of capacitor to drop with time. But how about the bleeder resistor? Will the voltage of bleeder resistor increase or remain unchanged?
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Potential Difference between 2 points in a curcuit

3 Cells and 3 capacitors are connected as shown in the diagram. What is the potential difference between points A and B ? What are the final charges on each of the plates of the Capacitor ? Does the ...
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Measured voltage on coil

I have a simple circuit of coil with inductance L $$u_c(t)= -L\frac{di}{dt}$$ and AC source with output voltage $u_s$ What is actually measured by the voltmeter ($u_c$, $u_s$ or $u_s - u_c$)? If ...
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What is the difference in the behaviour of the commutator in a motor between DC and AC?

Is it correct to say that in DC, the split ring commutator produces direct current flow and therefore stronger voltage, as opposed to AC which produces alternating current and therefore weaker ...
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EMF in circuits help?

Can someone explain EMF in the most simple way possible? I understand the equation i.e. $ε=I(R+r)$ but don't fully understand what is going on in the circuit.
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How to accurately mark with arrows an electric circuit

As I understood, we choose to mark the current with arrows going from the plus pole to the minus pole (even though we know that in reality it is the contrary). As I'm looking at electric circuits, I ...
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Potential Difference of a wire?

Imagine a circuit with only a 12 Volts battery and a wire connecting the ends of the battery. Point A and point B lies on the wire. What is then the potential difference between point A and B if the ...
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Why is voltage added when batteries are connected in series but not in parallel?

As I understand, the different voltage between two object is caused by the total different charged between two object. Thus, the higher extra electron between two opposite charged object, the higher ...
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Final charges on Capacitors connected in a curcuit

Capacitor C1 is charged to a Potential Difference of 10V. It's capacitance is 2 microFarad. Capacitor C2 is charged to a Potential Difference of 15V. It's capacitance is 4 microFarad. Now the ...
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Why do two connected 1.5-volt batteries become a 3- volt battery?

Why two connected 1.5 volt battery become 3 volts? If one battery plus side is connect to minus side of another battery, there should be a current flow between them until no free charge move anymore, ...
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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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The Electric Quadrupole

I've read the following sentence: "Every electric circuit with two pairs of accessible terminals is called a quadrupole." I was wondering why does it happen that the multipole expansion gives us a ...
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How does Ohm's law relate to transferring energy?

Potential difference = Current x Resistance where Resistance is a constant. Walking through a circuit I have 1 battery, a wire and 2 components. I start of with 6 volts at the battery and after the ...
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Is it correct to use $P=\large\frac{V^2}{R}$ for AC circuits?

In one of my old notebooks, I found a problem which was basically about finding out resistance of a 100W light bulb (In my country electricity voltage is 220V). Then our teacher had used the equation ...
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What is the area in Faraday's law if we have only a piece of metal moving in a magnetic field?

If a piece of metal of length $l$ is moving with a speed $v$ in a region where there is a uniform magnetic field $B$ perpendicular to it, there will be a potential difference across its terminals ...
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Avoid dependent equations when applying Kirchoff's Laws

I tutor college students in Physics. In particular, we are currently working on solving circuits using Kirchoff's Laws. In a recent problem, I ended up with a system of linearly dependent equations ...