The study of the presence and flow of electric charge. Charges, currents, fields, potentials.

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Why can touching an iPod charger sometimes cause one's skin to tingle?

I was visiting Shanghai recently. One afternoon, while sitting on the sofa, I inadvertently brushed a family member's arm. To my surprise, I felt an unnatural tingling from his skin—quite like a mild ...
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Electric field of a non-conducting, non uniform sheet

I have to find an expression for the electric field everywhere (mag and direction). The sheet is lying on the yz plane with the center at the origin. The width of the sheet is equal to 2b. The charge ...
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Potential difference in a circuit of n cells = 0? How?

I was supposed to find the potential difference across any one cell in an arrangement consisting of n cells of EMF E connected in series in a closed circuit and internal resistance r. I proceeded by ...
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Determining potential in coaxial cylinders

If I have two conducting, coaxial cylinders as shown: The potential at the outer cylinder is = 0. And I apply a potential difference across both cylinders in the form $V_a - V_b = V_{ab}$, how can ...
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Electron flow: Are these two simulations contradicting each other?

These two videos explain how a diode works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6QUEq0nUH8#t=03m25s (3:25) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBtEckh3L9Q#t=07m40s (7:40) In the second video, electrons ...
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Is the sea of electrons in a metal at rest when the metal is in electrostatic equilibrium?

It is said that charges inside a metal in electrostatic equilibrium are at rest, and are stationary. However, don’t the electrons have their own thermal vibrations and whatnot? Aren’t they always ...
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How power lines use high voltages with a low current?

I've read that power lines use high voltages and low currents to reduce power loss due to resistance. Looking at the formula for power - P = VI So to increase P, you increase V rather than I for ...
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Why chewing a battery increases its power? [closed]

I know almost nothing about physics. Last night my TV remote was not working. I chewed the batteries and woh! It still had power left. How does chewing a battery increases its power? I think it's a ...
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Do permanent magnets have an electric current surrounding them?

Permanent magnets seems to have different properties to electromagnets, such that electromagnets can be used for induction and energy transfer if a conductor is placed within their changing magnetic ...
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How can one derive the Ohm's Law?

I am looking for the derivation of the Ohm's Law i.e., V is directly proportional to I. Can someone help me with it?
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If charge is carried by ions, is there a limit to the amount of charge that salt water can conduct? [duplicate]

The reason salt water is so conductive is dissolved ions (e.g. $\mathrm{Cl^-}$ and $\mathrm{Na^+}$). If I put an anode and a cathode in water, will ions eventually build up and create an opposing ...
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Would I get a shock from a Weyl fermion?

I know this is only just a new discovery. I assume this new quasi particle is a form of what "electricians" call current. I wonder though if it is more like AC or DC when it comes to touching the ...
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Solar Project, help needed [migrated]

I have a project where I need to install 2 ip cameras and 1 radio transmitter in a remote location that will depend on solar power. the cameras and transmitter are 12vDC and have a combined draw of ...
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Reasons for a voltage follower introducing voltage gain? [migrated]

Im using a 3130 op amp as a voltage follower (unity gain buffer amplifier). However it is introducing voltage gain. It is wired the following way: This is then just fed into a simple low pass RC ...
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Resistance of hollow metal sphere

A hollow metallic sphere has inner and outer radii $a$ and $b$ respectively. How to calculate its resistance between two a points $A$ (on the inner surface) and a point $B$ (on the outer surface)? ...
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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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Does an induction cooktop consume as much energy when it's heating something as it does when it isn't? [closed]

If you plug in an electrical charger or an adapter of an electronic device such as a mobile phone or a laptop into the power socket, but you don't actually attach the device into the charger, the ...
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Graph of Electrical Resistivity of Air vs Air Pressure

I've search many place ( Google, forums etc ) but can't seem to find anything that explains the Relationship between: Electrical Resistivity of Air vs Air Pressure Constant Variable: ...
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Do electrons transfer during static electricity by conduction to follow octet? [duplicate]

When silk and balloon are rubbed together, electrons from silk travel to balloon. Is it because balloon is trying to gain a full outer shell and become stable? Then I guess both should want to do that ...
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Magnetic field due to current carrying sheet

I have 2 infinite plates (x direction) with the width of A (y direction) and the distance between them is d (z direction). The current density is J on the first plate and -J on the second (the ...
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Is this a good explanation of electron mobility to the layman?

I'm writing an informative paper on graphene for my writing class (layman-oriented), and was describing electron mobility in very simplified terms. Let me know if anything is mistaken, badly ...
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How are charges formed in clouds during lightning?

How are charges formed in clouds that are responsible for lightning?
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Why is voltage essential in circuits?

I understand what voltage is, but why is it necessary for an electric circuit to function? Why can't current flow without a voltage?
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How can a material conduct heat but not electricity

Mica is a good conductor of heat but an electrical insulator. According to free electron theory (which applies only to metals) free electrons carry heat and electricity. Therefore, thermal ...
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Electric Motors: why do they draw more current when stalled, and less when moving? [duplicate]

I'm familiar with how an electric motor works, and also familiar with what stall current and free current refers to in an electric motor. I'm also somehow familiar with the notions of energy being ...
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Why do high voltage transmission line workers need a Faraday cage suit?

In this video the high voltage transmission line workers are wearing a Faraday cage suit. Why is this needed? Without the Faraday cage, the resistance of the human would be very high compared to the ...
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Resistance of a metal sphere

How would you go about calculating the electrical resistance of a sphere when you only know it's radius and conductivity? I know with cables you can use $$ R = L/(g \cdot S),$$ but I don't know how ...
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Relation between power & thickness of the filament

Tell me what relationship is used to solve the question given below. There are three bulbs of power 60, 100 and 20; which one has thickest filament for same source? (a) 100 (b) 20 (c) 60 ...
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Electrode (de)conditioning for breakdown

The breakdown voltage between two electrodes in vacuum depends on their surface condition. If you increase the voltage across the electrodes smoothly, at some voltage $V_0$ you will see the first ...
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potential difference across a bulb

I am doing some self studying over the summer for fun and I'm working from a book that does not provide answers. I came across the following question, and I will present my solution. I was hoping ...
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When potential difference is equal to the emf, isn't the current 0?

I have been told that the $emf$ is equal to the potential difference across the terminals of a cell when no current is flowing. Does that mean that the current is zero ($I=0$)?
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What causes contact resistance?

When two components are combined in an electric circuit, there is apart from their own resistances a contact resistance at their junction. This causes a sudden voltage drop of ...
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Why isn't this calculation of the energy of a light wave correct? [closed]

I'm trying to calculate the energy $J(T)$ that monochromatic light wave with electric field strength $E(T)$ supplies to unit electric charge over period of time $T$: $J(T)=\int\limits ...
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How are analog clocks synchronized? clocks on the frequency (50 Hz or 60 Hz) connected with power cable to the electricity network

Those clocks that use a motor that runs exactly on the frequency (50 Hz or 60 Hz) and connected with power cable to the electricity network. I mean - a frequency controlled clock / alarm - the ...
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Can lightning actually weld fillings in your teeth?

So, I remember sometime in my childhood, someone was teaching me about lightning safety, and they explained that it was important to crouch low but keep as little contact with the ground as possible, ...
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Three phase permanent magnet generator question

For my three phase permanent magnet generator, my coil plate is going to remain stationary to avoid having to use a commutator. Instead my magnetic plate will rotate. If instead of having just one ...
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Can an open cup attenuate radio waves as well as a Faraday cage?

The problem is that thieves in my neighborhood are using a power amplifier to increase the "bubble distance" of my car so that it thinks that my key fob, which is sitting in my house, is next to the ...
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Magnet dimensions for 3-phase permanent generator

I'm making a 3-phase permenant generator. According to Faraday's law, the emf produced is negative number of turns times the change in magnetic flux over the change in time. If it is only the CHANGE ...
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How do domestic appliances work at different voltages when the applied voltage is same for every appliance?

Generally, the electric connections at home are in parallel combination. How is it possible for a geyser(220 Volts) and a cellphone charger (5 volts) to operate at different voltages in a parallel ...
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Can electrons reflect light?

Lately, I have been watching sparks while connecting my electronic devices and I can notice that electricity is kind of blue, and theoretically it's blue because it reflects blue wavelengths?? And ...
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Current - Voltage curve for non-ohmic material

Forgive me for I am a math student and am quite ignorant in these topics. I would like to know, at least implicitly, how the current intensity of a lightbulb, for example, relates to the potential ...
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DIY Ring Light: Grounding Bulbs in Circuit

I'm looking at making a DIY ring light using multiple fluorescent light bulbs. I'm in New Zealand and we get 230-240V and an current of 10A. I know from this I could rig up to 24 100W bulbs in series ...
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What is the frequency of each of the moving electrons in a DC current?

I know that the DC current has 0 frequency. But what about each individual moving electron that makes up that DC current? Of course there has to be a frequency as all moving electrons are vibrating at ...
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Do electrons move easier depending on the way a TIG tungsten head is grinded?

I'm in a TIG welding course, and during the course we (inevitably) messed up a few (suicidal) tungsten heads by grazing/suicide dive into the molten puddle during operation. Standard procedure is to ...
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Electricity on magnetic powder

I had the idea of, what if you ground up some magnets into a fine powder, what would happen with the powered, and how would it act? After some google searches, it seems that this isn't done very ...
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Why the electric potential energy the charges carry in a electric circuit does not vary with its distance to the opposite terminal?

I understand that with wires assumed to be ideal, there is no resistance and subsequently no force acting on electrons, hence no work done and p.d. across any segment of wire. However, as the ...
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What happens with the electricity in a disconnected wire?

I just want my theory confirmed/corrected. Lets say I have a long wire, which gets disconnected from both ends at the same time, where does the electricity go? My theory is that it goes back and ...
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Is it dangerous to use the water tap/bathe/shower during a thunderstorm?

As the title says, is there any danger in touching the water tap or sitting in a bath tub etc. inside the house during a thunderstorm? I heard that it is dangerous, as the lightning could hit some ...
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How do I evaluate this general magnetic dipole equation for this given setup?

This shouldn't be too hard a question (mostly focused on vector multiplication) but I'm still not confident in my answer. Basically, I am looking at the force between two magnetic dipoles and using ...
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If a perfect conductor were to move, what happens to the electrons?

Theoretically, if a perfect conductor were to move (or start spinning), would the electrons inside it remain where they were or be 'dragged' along with the conductor?