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### About to purchase a 3d-printed Keppe Motor Kit for art project - what should I test for? [on hold]

I'm about to apply for art-grants in order to purchase a educational student toy called a 3d-printed Keppe Motor Kit. Says on their page "Designed with educators and students in mind".. So.. It is ...
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### Is the passive reference configuration different from the conventional direction of current?

Is the passive reference configuration different from the conventional direction of current? According to the passive reference configuration, current enters the positive polarity of voltage, while ...
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### Study electronic from (not so much) scratch [closed]

I am going to start my last year (5th) of physics. I have studied linear circuits during my 2nd, but not very good... then I did some courses about electronic, but sincerely I can affirm that I have ...
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### how much voltage and current require to pull 5 kg load by electromagnet? [on hold]

I made 600 coil turn electro magnet area of electro magnet 2.235 m square. I want pull nearly 5 kg load distance between load and electromagnet is 40 mm. So how much current and voltage required??? 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 to conserve energy with electrical noise?

If a resistor experiences thermal noise, it will dissipate energy to the environment. But where does the resistor's energy come from? It seems that it will just lose energy until ran out.
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### Why do electrical storms cause metal objects to vibrate?

I am curious about the vibration of metal objects as a sign of an impending lightening strike. This is apparently a common occurrence; so much so that a quick google search will yield many pages ...
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### Which power equation to use: P = (I^2) * R or P = V^2 / R

Ideal max voltage V = 200V and max current I = 5A (these are both given) Therefore ideal resistance R = V/I = 200 /5 = 40 ohms Therefore Ideal max power P=IV = 5 * 200 = 1000W 1st power equation: P = ...
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### Tunnel diode/quantum tunneling

How does a tunnel diode work?/How does a tunnel diode use quantum tunneling, and how does quantum tunneling make the diode faster?
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### What is the smallest possible electronic transistor?

Computers have increased in processing power mainly due to the miniaturization of transistors. I read recently that IBM, with great difficulty, shrank circuits from 14nm to 7nm but progress seems to ...
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### How does electrostatic force affect electronic devices?

How does electrostatic force generated by two seperate plates having opposite charges affect electronic devices? I know that magnetic fields have some harmful effects to electronic devices but I am ...
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### Are there any issues connecting Neutral and Live at once to the supply line? [migrated]

This is related to electrical engineering. A normal plug point has the wiring structure of the normal cct diagram I've drawn below. I'm thinking about plugging a device into the outlet in a permanent ...
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### Why the rotational speed of a simple single-coil DC motor will increase as the number of turns in the coil increases?

I am working on a report about a simple DC motor. I have known that the speed of a DC motor is directly proportional to the applied voltage. However, based on the data collected, why the speed of the ...
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### Negative resistance temperature coefficient of metals

How is it explainable that some metals have their electrical resistance increased while other metals act the other way? When the temperature of a metal rises the molecules move faster and from my ...
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### How do you model the resistance across a symmetric sheet of plastic, streched (think ceran wrap) between a circular anode and cathode?

Here is the problem. You need to model the resistance across a circular sheet of polypropylene (plastic). The resistivity of polypropylene is 1E15 Ohms per meter. The expression for resistance on a ...
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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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### What happens if the load on the electrical generator exceeds its generation power ? and why?

What happens if the load on the electrical generator exceeds its power generation?and why?
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### How to calculate electrical and thermal conductivity, enthalpy and density of plasma column in air for a series electric arc?

I am modeling an electric arc according to "Lowke's Simple theory of free burning arc". Its a very interesting theoretical arc model and I want to implement it in Matlab/Simulink. But here, the arc ...
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### What is the probability of quantum tunneling occurring in this CPU?

You may have noticed over the last few years that Moore's law is no longer applying to the real world. This observation states that over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on ...
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### Why is the electric field highest in regions of highest resistance?

I know Kirchhoff's law and that current must be constant. But what exactly is the phenomenon, from first principles, that causes the electric field to be stronger in a region with lower carrier ...
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### Does doping silicon affect its coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE)?

Everywhere I have searched I always see the CTE of silicon listed as 2.6*10e-6 °C^-1. However, I have silicon that was phosphorus-doped to an ion concentration of of 2.41*10e11 atmos/cm^3, and I would ...
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### What would be the effective resistance of the ladder of resistors having n steps

I'm a tutor. This is a high school level problem. In high school, every one have might have solved a problem of effective resistance of a ladder of resistors having infinite steps. Now the problem is ...
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### Ohm's Law Question?

Since $V=IR$, if you were to have say a $5\:\mathrm{V}$ source connected directly to ground, no components in the circuit at all, you would need to add resistance for the current to flow? Or is there ...
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### Does the equation CV = q break down when V is small or a wire is very long?

I'm trying to understand how the equation $CV=q$ relating the voltage difference and charge stored on a charged capacitor breaks down under extreme circumstances. In most problem statements that I'm ...
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### Help with finding an equation to work out the length of cable required to produce loss of colour on an analogue video signal

When I briefly taught Broadcast Engineering I set up an experiment in order to demonstrate the effect of signal reflections along coaxial cable on an analogue PAL waveform. It involved getting the ...
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### Is it viable or possible to make your own transistor?

Just wondering if it is possible/viable to construct your own transistor, not small like todays, but the same scale as the one created at Bell Labs.
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### How long can a cellphone battery(pictured) power a LED light that produces light equivalent to traditional 60W bulb(800 lumens)?

Assuming Energy Star rated LEDs which produces 100 lumens/watts. Battery rated as 9.88Wh. Power consumption by LED = 800 lumens/100lumens/watt = 8 Watts Does it mean that it will power circuit for ...
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### How do High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMT) work?

I am studying High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMT), but I simply cannot understand how they work in the way described by the references I've read on the Internet. This is what I understand so ...
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### Would touching a bimetal probe short a nichrome wire heater?

Long story short: found electrical equipment box to play with. So would trying to get the temp of a heated nichrome wire with the use of a k probe short the nichrome? (k probe touching the wire) And ...
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### In a noiseless environment, how accurate do today's transmitters send EM waves?

Suppose that there is no external noise in the environment. How accurate are today's TEM wave transmitters in such a case? So if we want to send $200\cos(1000\pi t)$, can transmitters send exactly ...
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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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### What device is best to prevent electric motors from burning out? [closed]

Is there any equipment to prevent electric motors from burning out? I have researched about Transient voltage surge suppressor TVSS and also Surge protection device. Can this help?
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### Transformer: primary side & secondary side current 180 degree out of phase

I am a novice in electrical engineering. I notice that in transformer the secondary side current & current referred to as primary are 180 degree out of phase from each other. But why it is so, I ...
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### There is some attempt to build a magnetic flywheel (reservoir of motion)

We know how flywheel works! There is some attempt to substitute the flywheel-friction mechanism for some magnetic torque ? Exist some mechanism that uses thermal cycle of gases for generate magnetic ...
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### Stability of an unstable system using nonlinear element, is it possible or not?

Say there is a system with open-loop transfer function $$G(s)=\frac{1}{(s-1)}$$. The system is definitely unstable. If I put any nonlinear system in cascade with $G(s)$ and from the output, a ...
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### Can incandescent light bulb can be brighter if fixed power?

I found that luminous efficacy of 60 W tungsten incandescent bulb is 14.5 lm/W. Is this value defined by design details listed above or it depends on something else too? Can we design 60 W tungsten ...
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### Explanation for transistor as amplifier

In transistor as an amplifier, we have NPN transistor (base in the middle and emitter and collector at the sides). The collector has electrons in majority because it is N-type. similarly, holes are in ...
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### Holding a photolithography mask (EUV litography) with magnets, to minimize deformation on the photomask?

Some background: what is this question about? On 20/11/2014, I visited the ASML Holding in the Netherlands, which is according to them, and according to Wikipedia: the largest supplier in the ...
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### Problem with the sign of the Thevenin resistance in a circuit

I have the following issue: when I want to find $R_{Th}$ for a circuit with dependent sources, I excite the circuit with a voltage Vo, and then proceed to find the resulting current $I_0$. Finally, ...
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### How did the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor work?

I've been trying to understand how the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor worked. The point-contact transistor uses Schottky barriers (metal/semi-conductor junctions), so under what conditions ...
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Consider the simple circuit below: Suppose $V$ and $R$ have set voltage and resistance values respectively, and you are to choose the resistance values for $R_1$ and $R_2$. However, you must choose ...
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### The role of resistor in e.g. an AND gate

What is the role of the resistor in e.g. an AND gate like this one? : One often sees lots of resistors in electric circuits, but I haven't really understood their role.
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### Capacitance per unit area and CMOS case

In a modern 0.35μm CMOS processor, the gate oxide thickness is around 80Å = 8nm. This gives us a capacitance per unit area of $430nF/cm^2$ I am not getting how one gets this capacitance per unit ...
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### Quantum random numbers from a laser — simplest setup?

I'm a software / maths guy who would like to build a physical setup for generating quantum random numbers. I have no physics background, so bear with me. Background The project is for a public ...
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### Why a tunnel diode (TD) is called a diode?

Traditionally, a diode is a 2-terminal device that limits current to flow in one direction, i.e. a rectifier. But a "tunnel diode", according to wikipedia, is not rectifying: In the tunnel diode, ...
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### Internal Combustion Engines

I need to know the typical energy balance of an IC engine and where this energy goes, but I am unsure what exactly they are asking? Engines are not my main strengths, so I could do with as much as ...
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### Why does material change electrical property based on frequency of input electrical signal?

I was investigating whether dry soil would conduct electricity. What I found was that at 60 Hz frequency (i.e. power line fell to the ground), dry soil is a very good conductor. But if you increase ...
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### Why do we apply Fleming's *left* hand rule in case of DC motors but use Fleming's *right* hand rule in case of generators?

Why do we apply Fleming's left hand rule in case of DC motors but use Fleming's right hand rule in case of generators to find the direction of induced current?
So let's say that we have a electrical circuit with a current source that is sinusoidal, but has DC offsets. How then do we convert this $i(t)$ into phasor $I$? Or is this generally impossible?