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

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Questions about voltage

For some reason, I feel like the concept of voltage is escaping my grasp. I've done much research on these forums and through texts, and come across answers that seem quite well thought out, but still ...
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Complex impedance triangle, why is there a complex part?

Why is the inductive reactance written as jωL? I know that multiplying by j rotates the inductive reactance on the j axis, but why do we do that? Why is it not on the same axis as the resistance?
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Transmit DC power with one cord?

My DC devices have two wires connecting them to the power source, but what would be needed to transfer DC power using just one? I depict it as a kind of headphone, which can work with just one wire.
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How does one estimate the electrical power of a power plant?

I have two related questions that I would like help on: When a power plant creates power like the Hoover Dam, it can provide 2.07 GW of electrical power. My question is what does this mean? I assume ...
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Capacitor related query

Why does a capacitor charge only upto the voltage of the source? I mean in an r.c. circuit if we have a resistor that is in series with the capacitor then because of the potential drop there will be ...
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Relation between voltage and current [duplicate]

What I know is that voltage is the electrical pressure which is required to drive the electrons in a circuit. According to that we have higher currents when there is a high voltage. Ohm's law confirms ...
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How would I explain Ohm's Law in terms of Electrical Fields and Force?

In terms of current, resistance, and voltage, it's easy: Ohm's Law is the relationship between current, voltage, and resistance of a circuit. Boom, simple as that. How could I put this in terms of $E$ ...
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how can electromagnetic waves reach a cell phone in faraday cage?

is there any way to make electromagnetic waves reach a cell phone in faraday cage although conductor surround cell phone everywhere , can we pass current through conductor to make charges move as a ...
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Yearly onshore wind turbine energy production [closed]

I am trying to work out the yearly energy production of an onshore Siemens SWT-3.0-101, hub height 94m, total height 144,5. Here is the power curve at each wind speed level worked out through a ...
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Do electric fields generated by plane charges lose intensity over distance? If not, why?

Sparknotes' studyguide for the SAT II: Physics test says that for a point charge (1-dimensional, e.g. an electron), the formula for intensity of the generated electric field is given by ...
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Can wire not melt under the current of a lightning?

In a recent Hunger Games movie, there's a scene where a certain scientist says that he invented a wire which will not melt under the current of a lightning. Is that even possible?
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Voltage and current in parallel circuit

I am having a bit of a tough time understanding the following: ...
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How can one explain the Kelvin Water drop experiment without assuming the container to already possess a positive charge?

Kelvin Water Dropper experiment refers to the electrostatic generator invented by Lord Kelvin, which uses falling water to generate a voltage by electrostatic induction occurring between ...
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Power loss and Joule's law of heating

I really can't understand the power loss law. If we have a wire carrying a $15\:\mathrm{V}$ and $1\:\mathrm{ A}$ going into an inverter, giving $150\:\mathrm{V}$ and $0.1\:\mathrm{A}$, if we want to ...
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What's the typical material used as a low-k ILD in semiconductors?

Semiconductor companies (namely IBM, Intel, TSMC and etc.) may use different low-k materials as inter-layer dielectric (ILD) in their fabrication process. I'm wondering what is the most typical one. ...
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Use kirchhoff's second law to deduce the resistance R of the resistor [closed]

Using what I learned so far, i constructed an equation like this: $$30V=(I_{1}\times 20\Omega)+10V+(0.2A\times 10\Omega)+(I _{3}\times 10\Omega)+(0.5A\times R)$$ Which is clearly not solvable on ...
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How do stun guns not kill people?

Now, I've seen a lot of answers to this sort of question, but most of them provide answers that don't actually make sense from a physics perspective. As an example of such an answer, I've commonly ...
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E&M question in example in my book [closed]

So I still not sure how to apply like Right-hand rule (RHR) in this setup in problem like the one in the following so I tried to do RHR in order to get the direction but it didn't work out. This is an ...
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Do glass beads show any piezoelectric property?

Do glass beads show any piezoelectric property? Since glass beads is mostly made out of SiO2 which is piezoelectric, will it show any piezoelectric property. Thanks. If anything wrong with my ...
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Current without voltage?

Suppose you have a 120 volt, 20 amp circuit which only has a light bulb connected. When measuring the voltage going to the light bulb my meter reads 120 volts. The basics taught me that a circuit is ...
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Where does energy in electricity come from?

In a simple battery-wire-lightbulb circuit the moving electrons in a wire generate electromagnetic field, and that field transports energy. And the bulb goes light. But where does the energy come ...
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Electric heating rod

I usually heat my bathing water with electric heating rod, I always thought that the base of rod is an insulator so that it can develop high heat. But when I tried touching water while rod was dipped ...
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How to evaluate, how much current flows in the circuit?

Please take into advisement, that I'm quite a beginner in subjects of physics and especially about electricity. Lately I've decided, that I want to learn more on basics of electronics and I've started ...
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Why are high voltage lines “high voltage?”

If I have two spheres of the same size and one sphere has a small amount of charge compared to the other that has a lot more charge, then clearly the sphere with the larger charge has a larger voltage ...
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Magnetic core, and a DC solenoid

A DC solenoid creates a magnetic field B. A highly permeability magnetic core is added to solenoid to increase B. Now, there is change in flux, due to the increase in magnetic field. What would be ...
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How can there be a current and an electric field in an idealized wire with no voltage drop?

In an ideal circuit, How can there be a current b/w points a & b, when there is no potential difference and thus no electric field between a & b? If there is no current, then where does ...
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How long does it take for a metal to reach equilibrium?

I wonder if there is a measure of how long a piece of metal takes to reach electrostatic equilibrium. Does it depend on piece's size? Does it depend on the amount of imbalance? Lots of websites and ...
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Tungsten Wire Heat discipation

Background Information: I'm doing an experiment in which I place a bare tungsten wire in to various liqids, to measure a coefficient $\alpha $ in the equation $$ Power Dissipated = \alpha * \Delta T ...
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Calculating the power of a lightbulb [closed]

How do I calculate the power of a lightbulb? I have values but I don't know the equation to use.
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Calculate required voltage in mixed circuits [closed]

Q: Calculate the voltage that V1 has to provide Given: The following circuit. The voltage through LAMP1 is 5.0V. A (U,I) chart (not shown). LAMP1 and LAMP2 are identical, non-ohmic lightbulbs. ...
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Finding potential difference (PD) between two points [closed]

How do I find the potential difference between two points in a circuit without using Kirchhoff laws?
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What is the Definition of Static Electricity?

What is the Definition of Static Electricity? My grade nine textbook states: Static electricity is the imbalance of positive and negative charges. What exactly does this mean? I understand ...
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Lorentzforce and righthand rule [closed]

Figure 1: A spool is hung on a spring. A part of the coil hangs in front of a homogeneous magnetic field. The coil is incorporated in an electrical circuit. See Figure 1. the coil ...
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Power and magnetism

If we have a solenoid and a magnetic field passes through it, a DC voltage will be produced in the wire. If we want to calculate the power, we find out the current using Ohm's law. I know there is ...
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Why is it written 'High voltage' in danger boards if current is the one which actually causes the shock?

After reading the answers given to this question I could understand that the amount of shock is dependent on the current and not majorly on the voltage even-though in some cases it depends. But, in ...
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What makes charges flowing in a circuit with a higher potential difference perform more work?

I understand that a 1.5 V cell will not deliver as much energy per coulomb as a 150 V power supply will. What I do not understand is that why it is so. I am digressing now. If we place two point ...
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Electric field and capacitance across a resistor

Using a simple lattice model of conduction, where electrons are accelerated by an electric field, and are slowed down by bumping into the lattice, you get the following equation for current density: ...
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Electric Field from Dielectric Shell

This is a question taken from a past E&M exam A thick spherical shell (inner radius $R_1$ and outer radius $R_2$) is made of a dielectric material with a "frozen in" polarization ...
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How does a Tesla Coil exactly work? [closed]

How does a Tesla Coil exactly work? I am currently making a Tesla Coil in school but before I start, I want to know exactly how does a Tesla Coil work? I understand the various electrical components ...
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Direct current and metallic conduction

Suppose we have a circuit with and EMF source and a resistor. We know that when electron moves from one terminal of a voltage source to another it encounters resistance, which is basically collisions ...
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how does an electric field comes inside a conducting wire inside the circuit? [duplicate]

This has been a really great confusion for me now .... Many places i have read in books that when a potential difference is applied across the ends of a wire a constant electric field is generated ...
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Electrical circuits problem

Batteries have a circuit which looks like this : The electrons go around the circuit and then return through the battery where they get charged again and flow around. My issue is, what about ...
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Find current in a nontrivial circuit

Let us assume that we have this circuit: We know that: $$I_1 = I_2 + I_3$$ $$I_1R_1 + I_3R_3 = V$$ $$I_1R_1 + I_2R_2 + \dfrac{q_c}{C_1} = V$$ Therefore we can write: $$I_1 = k_1 - k_2*q_c$$ ...
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What are the fields produced around a current carrying conductor?

If you consider a current carrying conductor, every instant an electron enters the conductor, another electron will be leaving the conductor. Thus, the current carrying conductor will not be charged ...
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Will the current carrying solid conductors emit light?

If we pass current through a gas, like in the discharge tube, the electrons will accelerate in the electric field. The accelerated electrons will collide with gas molecules, and transfer some of their ...
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traditional transformer design improvement [closed]

The traditional tranformers suffer a lot of losses in various forms, some of them are as follows : 1. Flux leakage 2. Eddy currents 3. Hysteresis Figure : But as we are taught induction we come ...
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Benefits of the sign convention for electrons?

Benjamin Franklin considered electrons to be positive, but J.J. Thompson considered them negative. We obviously went with J.J. Thompson's convention. Why? What were the benefits of moving to J.J. ...
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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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Why can't batteries be charged quickly?

Charging of laptops, cell phones take so much time. Why can't we make such batteries easily/commercially which are charged more quickly? What's the thing behind this limiting?
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Plasmon Based Transistor vs conventional one

Conventional wires become very lossy at high frequencies. Is this because of the skin effect? Plasmon based computer chips, since plasmons can support much higher frequencies (~100 THz range). ...