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

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How to think about Ripple and Noise in circuits

Say you have a AC to DC power supply. If you were to hook an oscilloscope up you would see noise occurring. Some of it would appear to have a regular frequency in Khz or Mhz. Would this put off EM ...
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Are magnetic hysteresis losses relevant to alternating currents flowing in a wire?

Say we have an AC in a magnetically lossy material, like iron. Because of iron's relatively high permeability, skin effect will be more pronounced than it is in say, copper, so this iron wire isn't so ...
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How does voltage divided by EMF show efficiency?

I get that electromotoric force (emf) is energy per coulomb supplied and that voltage is energy per coulomb used but I don't get what it means when we say that the voltage divided by the emf gives the ...
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Voltage across voltage source in a short circuit

When we short-circuit a voltage source, the current will be very high. The voltage across the wire is 0V. If we apply KVL, also the voltage across the voltage source is 0V. How can it be 0V if we have ...
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Ohm's law experiment

I was going through my physics laboratory manual. In the Ohm's Law Experiment, the book states a few precautions without any reasoning. 1.The wire whose resistance has to be determined should ...
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Calculation Equivalent Resistance In A Circuit With resistances connected in a circle [on hold]

I am having trouble in finding the equivalent resistance between the terminals 'a' and 'b' in the following circuit: Please can anyone explain to me how to solve such problems. Thank You!
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Optimal method for solving circuit

This problem seems quite simple, and I can easily find a way to solve it but the possibility of error in my method is extremely high. This is just a sub-task of a bigger task but this is the only part ...
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Why does energy flow between a high voltage transmission line and linemen approaching it on a helicopter?

The video High power line workers shows linemen servicing a live high voltage transmission line. As the helicopter approaches the line, the lineman reaches out with a metallic wand that is ...
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Why is a series resistor needed in a simple thermistor experiment? [on hold]

I have come across the following simple question, however I can't see any need for a fixed resistor in series. The only possible reason that I can think of is that the resistance of the thermistor ...
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How to control a dc motor? [on hold]

I am in 8th standard and I am doing a project on 3d printing pens. I want to know how to control a dc motor, so that when I press a button it should increase its speed gradually till it reaches its ...
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Voltage of a battery in a circuit with an infinite resistance [on hold]

I have a dilemma that I would like to share with you concerning batteries (without neglecting internal resistance), emf and resistance of a circuit. To better visualize my question you may need to ...
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Dielectric Constant and Frequency [on hold]

How dielectric constant of a parallel plate capacitor varies by varying frequency in physical terms?
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Ampere's circuital law and Maxwell's correction based thought experiment [closed]

I just learned about Maxwell's correction in Ampere's law, when he realised that there is a magnetic field near a capacitor even if there is no current. I was wondering about other possible ...
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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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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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Help to solve a circuit with capacitor and resistor

Till now I'd never solved a circuit with resistor and capacitor. I'd seen the problem and tried to solve. But now I am in a doubt.The circuit was like that- My attempt-
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How do I show for an ideal transformer $M^2=L_1L_2$?

I've been stuck on this problem for about an hour. In an ideal transformer, the same flux passes through all turns of the primary and of the secondary . Show that in this case $M^2=L_1L_2$, where ...
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Using resistance

I want to know the purpose of using resistance. Is it used to Reduce the amount of current? Reduce the speed of the electrons in the wires? For the first reason: Why do we just don't use a ...
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Determining initial voltage across a capacitor [closed]

This one has got me stumped. I have a graph of voltage vs time and a corresponding power vs time graph. Taking the integral of the power vs time graph gives me the work done on the capacitor. Now the ...
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Are capacitors and inductors mirror images of each other?

I'm reading through my E&M textbook (Physics for Scientists and Engineers 3rd edition, Knight) and watching as many lectures on YouTube (Shankar, Pomerantz, Lewin, etc) to prepare for next ...
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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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Theoretical uncertainty of a circuit's total resistance when made entirely of resistors

My question in short(ish) is: Will the fractional uncertainty of a circuit made entirely of resistors with equal fractional uncertainties be the same as the fractional uncertainty of those resistors. ...
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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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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 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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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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Current on both sides of a capacitor

When a capacitor is connected to a DC circuit, what ensures that the current on both sides of the capacitor is the same? When charges arrive at one end of the capacitor they stop moving; presumably ...
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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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derivation of capacitive reactance

Let $Q(t)$ be the charge stored in a capacitor $C$ in $t$ time for alternating current. Now, $$\displaystyle Q(t)=Q(0)+\int_{0}^{t}I(t)dt\\=Q(0)+\int_{0}^{t}I_oe^{j\omega ...
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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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How can a voltage across a capacitor be greater than the total voltage applied to the circuit?

I was reading about complex impedance and AC circuits, and I just came across a sentence on a website stating that the voltage across a capacitor can be greater than the applied voltage. How can this ...
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How to calculate the resistance of a resistors in a grid?

I've found a lot of example of a grid where you want to total resistance of a grid. My problem is different. Let's say you got a grid of resistance (3x3) but you only have the total resistance between ...
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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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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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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 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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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.