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

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Why is the current measured through a thin film increasing with time? (experimental question)

I'm doing an experiment: I'm thermally evaporating a metal in a vacuum onto a quartz (very insulating) substrate, between two gold contacts that I use to measure the current through the (growing) ...
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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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The origin of contact noise?

I was trying to measure the noise of a device with metal probes. I was not sure whether I should trust the results because I was told contact noise might contribute to some degree. I am a little ...
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Determine potential function given initial conditions?

Assuming a radially symmetric circular disk (let's say r=1). Given two simple initial conditions: Potential at the centre is 4 V Potential at the edges is 0 V How would I determine the potential ...
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Finding Inductance in an AC RLC Circuit?

In the laboratory you find an inductor of unknown inductance $L$ and unknown internal resistance $R$. Using a dc ohmmeter, an ac voltmeter of high impedance, a 1 microfarad capacitor, and a 1000 Hz ...
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With the help of a given charge is it possible to obtain a charge many times greater in magnitude

Consider a spherically conducting sphere. If a charge(say positive) is placed near the sphere, then it will lead to separation of charges inside the sphere.My question is, can we create charges more ...
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Logarithm of the voltage of the inductor in RL circuit experiment is nonlinear with time

I performed an experiment about the RL circuit, with following circuit: (I used the PASCO RLC circuit lab.) By Kirchhoff's voltage law, (denoting the emf of the signal generator $\mathscr E$, ...
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Voltage and reactive power

Why are reactive power and voltage related? When the control system of a generator increases/decreases the current of the rotor, voltage and reactive power are increased/decreased.What is the relation ...
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Are diodes (or FETs) electrets?

The explanations I see of diodes and FETs seem to involve various depletion regions, migration of electrons and holes, and the such. My (perhaps naive) interpretation of these explanations implies ...
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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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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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What is capacitance, in general?

In circuit analysis software capacitance can be measured between any two nodes of a circuit or of a multiterminal device. In practical terms we take $C_{ij}$, the capacitance between $i$ and $j$ as ...
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What are the first couple terms of the Taylor series for the evolution of this network of capacitors and resistors?

note: This is a computational problem, and I only need approximate accuracy, so the overall goal is, for a given accuracy and $\Delta t$ to compute the state of the system at $t+\Delta t$ to within ...
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Internal resistance of a battery

It is my understanding that internal resistance of the battery is mainly due to resistance of its electrodes and electrolytes. During the charge or discharge of the battery, there's a potential drop ...
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Coupling of LC circuits

I am reading an old article in a physics journal in which the author explains that the frequency between two identical, but capacitively coupled oscillators becomes ...
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How can the response at the terminal end of an infinite ladder network be solved?

In a recent post: How can the transfer function of an infinite ladder network be used to solve real world problems? I reference how one can solve the transfer function (impedance) of an infinite ...
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If a heater was turned on its' own wire, would heating of the wire cause the resistance to increase, thus the current into the heater to decrease?

I'm thinking not, because; A) It wouldn't make much sense in the real world because you'd need to avoid ever turning a heater towards its own wire, and you'd have to regulate the temperatures of any ...
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energy conservation in an electric circuit

Define a reactive (lossless) and reciprocal two-port by its impedance matrix $[Z]$, so that $[Z]+[\bar Z] = [0]$ and let the source impedance and open circuit source voltage be $Z_s$ and $V_s$ at ...
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On resonance of an RLC circuit

How do I prove that the width of resonance in an RLC circuit is the inverse of the proper time of the circuit? I know that the amplitude of charge in the condensator is ...
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Why can xenon gas stay ionised after the “trigger voltage” is removed?

From my understanding of a Xenon flash circuit, a storage capacitor and a trigger capacitor are charged up to about 240V (both with similar RC values, but less capacitance is needed for the trigger ...
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Ampere's law and magnetic circuit

For magnetic circuit there is an equation NI=HL. This equation is obtained by applying Ampere's law. H is magnetic field intensity and L is the length of the circuit. In following picture the equation ...
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Is shaking a phone enough energy to charge a smartphone?

Is shaking a phone enough energy to charge a smartphone? For example I'd like to use some kind of power generator to charge smartphone's battery but I'm wondering if shaking (by hand, or motion when ...
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Origin of chaos in Chua's circuit

I am doing a project on Chua's circuit, but I can't seem to find anything that explains where the chaotic nature of the system comes from. Does anyone know of articles that explain it well on an ...
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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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Energy of RLC circuit

If you are given a general differential equation for an RLC circuit, for example, $$L\left(\frac{d^2 Q}{dt^2}\right) + R\left(\frac{dQ}{dt}\right) + \frac QC = V\cos(\omega t),$$ which is a driven ...
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To find the center of charge in current waveform

I have a circuit for which output current waveform has both positive and negative points. Now I want to get a center of the charge for this waveform (means where my net charge is concentrated ?). Is ...
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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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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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Different phase in capacitively coupled RLC circuits

I was trying to work with some data for a lab report I'm writing about capacitively coupled RLC circuits. The setup is pretty simple and looks like that: Where $C^{'}$ is the coupling capacitance. ...
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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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How power affects heating of a coil

So I am doing a little research on my own about electronic cigarettes. Most Ecig users value high power at a standard current. This means they buy very expensive, high voltage batteries and put high ...
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How to size an electromagnet

How can I size an electromagnet? For example if I would to attract a mass of $x$ kg what are the calculations that I must do to size the ferromagnetic core and of course the solenoid? And thus, how ...
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Braess's Paradox in Electrical Circuits

According to this and other similar papers, http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v352/n6337/abs/352699a0.html, adding a current-carrying path can increase the voltage drop across a circuit. What is ...
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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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Charges on outer faces of parallel plate capcitor

Can there be charges on outer charges of a parallel plate capacitor if both the plates are initially charged by different amount and then connected with a battery.
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RL vs RLC circuit magnetic field

If I want to create an alternating magnetic field using an inductor, what difference would it make to use a series RL or a series RLC circuit ? How will the presence of a capacitor affect the magnetic ...
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Solving traveling wave using the shooting method

The spatially-dependent Hodgkin-Huxley equation for a cylindrical dendrite or unmyelinated axon: where $\frac{a}{2\rho}\frac{\partial^2V}{\partial x^2}$ is a diffusion term $a$ is the fiber radius, ...
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Resistance of a plate of smaller plates made up of different materials?

This problem propped in my head yesterday related to a project I'm working on and I just can't figure out how to crack it! If we have a large plate made up of nxn smaller plates, what is the ...
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Can current be induced in a grounded conductor?

I'm engaged in a rather lively debate with a group whose physics I believe to be a bit shaky. Basically they're claiming that if a conductive object is grounded to earth, the current cannot be ...
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Ion Source Design

I want to design a DC arc discharge ion source but I can't find a good book that explains how to do it. Can anyone please recommend me a book or paper that explains this? thanks
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How does the introduction of a new ground affect a circuit?

I was talking today at lunch with a friend about getting shocked by a light socket while changing a light bulb the other day. The glass got separated from the metal threads where the positive and ...
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Impedance of transformers

What does mean by impedance reflecting? Why this phenomena occur? What does mean by Zl=zs to gain max power but power is constant in transformers?
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Triphasor Problem

Given the data presented in the following link I have to get $R$ for $P = 90~\textrm{kW}$ and the line currents $i_1$, $i_2$ and $i_3$. Any ideas?
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Alternating current. Resultant force

I've just been wondering: In an alternating current, the direction of the current is constantly changing. This implies that the acceleration of the charge carriers is constantly changing (pos. neg. ...
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Why is the force from an electric resistor linearly proportional to the drift velocity?

In a circuit, the potential difference across a resistor is given by Ohm's Law as V=IR. Since the potential difference is the loss of potential energy per charge and the force is -dU/dx, we get that ...
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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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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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Potential difference across a resistor

I would like to know if the potential difference between the two ends of the resistance is same as the potential difference between any tow points in the resistance whose length is smaller than the ...
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How do the voltage rises balance with the voltage drops in this example of a series circuit?

Consider a resistor and a capacitor in series, with the capacitor initially charged. There is a conservative electric field in the circuit, so $$\oint \vec{E}\dot{}d\vec{l}=0,$$ which gives $$\int_a^b ...
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References on Josephson ring modulators

I would like some good references on Josephson junctions and, in particular, Josephson ring modulators. I know that Devoret has written a handful of papers and notes on JJs, but I am hoping to find ...