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

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Why the electric bulb turns on almost instantly when the switch is closed? [duplicate]

The electron drift speed is estimated to be very low.How could there is current almost the instant a circuit is closed?? By the discussions it is known that The information about beginning of the ...
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Do electric and magnetic lines of force physically exist?

As per my imagination any thing can't impose force on the other by not giving even a touch(i,e action at a distance). So I thought there must be some physical existence of lines of force. Although ...
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Question about superconductivity

A long cylinder of radius $R$ is made from two different material. Its radius $r<r_0$ $(r_0<R)$ part is a material with superconducting transition temperature $T_1$, and its $r_0<r<R$ ...
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What is the distinction between thermal and electrical conductivities?

Aren't they both caused by electron motion?
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How does a crow sitting on one of the electric lines attain the same potential as that of the line so as to prevent a charge flow through its body? [duplicate]

The crow doesn't get an electric shock while sitting on only one electric line because it has the same potential as that of the line. Since there is no potential difference the charge does not flow ...
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Calculating Electric Field from a Potential Difference w/o Charge

So here is my homework question: Two long cylindrical shells of metal (radii $r_1$ and $r_2$, $r_2 > r_1$) are arranged coaxially. The plates are maintained at the potential difference ...
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Strange electrical circuit

This is a question I would like to have an explanation with: It's in this PDF, question 9. In that circuit, if switch 1 is closed, bulb A burns normally. If 2 is closed as well, do other lamps ...
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Will there be any force of attraction or repulsion between an electrified body and a non-electrified body?

Up to my knowledge an electrified (charged) body can attract a non-electrified (neutral) body. I thought this because, when we bring a charged (suppose negatively charged) body near a neutral one. ...
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How does current work

In all diagrams i have ever seen of circuits it's implied that electrons travel through load/bulb and bulb makes light/heat. Now there is a problem here...because of this implied logic i assumed more ...
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Does a battery in a vacuum produce a current?

I've always assumed that the strong resistance of air is the reason there is no flow of electrons between the terminals of a battery until a wire is connect. However, in a vacuum there is no resistive ...
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Why is the voltage drop across an ideal wire zero?

I'm having trouble conceptualizing why the voltage drop between two points of an ideal wire (i.e. no resistance) is $0~V$. Using Ohm's Law, the equation is such: $$ V = IR \\ V = I(0~\Omega) \\ V = ...
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How does electricity 'decide' on it's pathway? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to understand the fundamental concepts of electricity, more specifically, the way in which it 'chooses' its optimal pathway. I appreciate electricity will always choose the path of ...
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Variation of electric field and current flowing

Theoretically, a change in either electric or magnetic field will cause a current to flow , I am already familiar to Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction, so I tried to search about producing a ...
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Why does voltage remains same over Parallel Circuit

Why does voltage remains same over parallel circuit. If a resistor is connected in the circuit some of the charge should be transformed into heat and make a lack of charge after the resistor (in my ...
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combination of 5 identical capacitors [closed]

Given 5 identical capacitors, each EMF. Draw the proper combination of all these 5 capacitors.. 1.) 2.5 2.) 4.17 I really do not know how to solve this thing and if anyone of you knows the title of ...
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Where does the energy of a light bulb come from?

Where does the energy of a light bulb come from? Is it from the coil of wire, magnet in the generator, mechanical input to the generator or plug where the generator is connected to the wall?
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Why does an armature of a generator rotate?

Why does an armature of a generator rotate? a) like poles repel b) unlike poles attract c) current flows up d) an outside force turns it I am thinking that (d) is the correct answer but ...
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Basic Physics Question [closed]

I'm having a difficult time answering this question. I think I'm just converting the units wrong somewhere: You're the CEO of a courier company, and you decide to select an electric car for your ...
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What's the difference in subatomic structure between a conductor and a non-conductor?

I mean, some elements don't conduct electricity, while some do. They are all atoms, and electricity is always electrons. So why won't it flow sometimes, and why does it flow in other times?
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If I switch on a generator connected to an open circuit, are the charges oscillating along wires?

If I switch on a generator connected to an open circuit, are the charges oscillating along wires? Where has the energy gone in the open circuit?
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Book recommendation [duplicate]

I already learned the Physics' basics like Newton Laws, Electricity, and Optics. Can you recommend me a good book for advancing with my learning of physics(with some math)?
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Buzzing/Vibration in body under power lines [duplicate]

I am hoping someone can please give me an answer. I was at a dog park with my dog and son (hes 12), which is directly under high/loud voltage power lines. I went to brush some dirt of my sons neck ...
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What is meant by boiling off electrons in a heater coil?

In my electricity and magnetism course, we used a Thompson tube to produce an electron beam. There is a heating element at the back of the tube and the lab manual claims that "electrons are boiled ...
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Calculate for Multiple Resistors with a Bridge

Background A circuit is constructed with five resistors and a battery as shown. The battery voltage is V = 12 V. The values for the resistors are: R1 = 78 Ω, R2 = 150 Ω, R3 = 132 Ω, and R4 = 83 Ω. ...
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Why the electric force does no work on the charge when perpendicular to the field?

I was reading my physics textbook and came across this sentence: When a charge moves in an electric field, unless its displacement is always perpendicular to the field, the electric force does ...
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Are Fresnel lenses widely used for solar electricity? If not, why not?

I was just wondering why Fresnel Lenses are not widely used in the production of solar electricity. Their use there would mean that you could produce heat within a fraction of a second, up to a few ...
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How to produce a bigger rotational velocity from two rotational velocities?

If I have two electronic motors, both running at the same voltage and current, delivering the same rotational velocity, how could I produce a bigger rotational velocity from them?
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Why junction removal method doesn't work like this?

This is a question from my textbook's chapter on electrical currents. It has a square circuit as shown in figure 1, where all the wires have identical resistivity. While solving the circuit the ...
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Motion in insulating fluid under high voltage

I observed the following phenomenon in an experiment (I'm not a student of physics, just an amateur) and was hoping for an explanation. A metal pan is electrically grounded and a layer of insulating ...
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Why isn't this working? [closed]

I just broke a 120mm computer fan in name of science and now I'm pissed; can anyone explain why this doesn't work? : The battery should create a potential difference across the motor, causing the ...
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Electric circuit question [closed]

http://www.fisme.uu.nl/nno/opgaven/bestanden/Ronde1-Theorie-2009.pdf, question 5: You have to calculate Id when the switch at S is opened, when its closed, the Id = 0.5 A. All resistors are ...
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Why does Joule heating not occur when no current flows through a conductor?

Joule heating happens every time when the conduction electrons transfer kinetic energy to the conductor's atoms through collisions, causing these conductor's atoms to increase their kinetic and ...
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How is a Lichtenberg figure created?

Related: Breakdown voltage of a dielectric When I think of the dielectric breakdown of air, an electric field of $3×10^6$ V/m is enough to accelerate initially ionized electrons created primarily ...
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What is the pressure of a gas required to ionize the gas using an electron gun?

How dense does a gas (Argon in particular ) have to be to in order to ionize it using electron bombardment and weak magnetic fields. Is there a correlation with the density of a gas and the easiness ...
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What is vacuum to DC flow?

I know how an air gap behaves: for lower voltages the resistance is extremely high, until spark voltage is achieved, at which point resistance rapidly drops, creating electric arc. Now, how does that ...
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The moving capacitor

To what extent can a charged capacitor mounted on a moving platform (e.g. a rotating wheel) be considered an electric current generator? Electric current, after all, is nothing more than the transport ...
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Potentiometer voltage change

I'm trying to understand simple things about electricity reading allaboutcircuits.com web. This chapter includes image which´s principle I don't understand. Here it is: When supplying constant ...
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Why does shorting two cells in series heat them up?

I tried this with two 9V batteries that you can interlock easily and they heat up a lot. Why does this happen? The internal resistance of the batteries would be quite small so why would they still ...
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Effective Resistance [closed]

For the combination of the resistors, shown in the figure. Calculate the equivalent resistance between A and B, please help me to find the answer of this complicated question this is a question from ...
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Voltage and parallel-plate capacitors

Suppose we have two parallel plates (each of area $A$) spaced with distance $d_1$ acting as a parallel-plate capacitor within a circuit. If the capacitor is connected to a power source with constant ...
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Conceptually, why does an electric field not require a charge flowing through it?

My son has been asking me a lot about electromagnetism and so I got to read up on it.One of the interesting and hard to grasp (for me at least) concepts is that an electric field will exist even when ...
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Voltage reading between hand and 3.3V source is only 0.1mV. Why?

I held one multimeter probe to a 3.3V source, the other probe I held in my hand. The voltage measured between these 2 points was around ...
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A question from a Physics 2 exam: About electron cloud an a constant external field:

I am trying to prepare for my exam in Physics $2$, the following is a question from an old exam (the question also have a detailed answer to it, but I don't really understand it). An acceptable ...
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Why does electric field intensity $E$ can be uniquely determined by its divergence and curl? [duplicate]

My question is, the number of following equations $$\nabla\cdot E=\frac{\rho}{\varepsilon}$$ $$\nabla\times E=-\frac{\partial B}{\partial t}$$ is 4 while the number of unknown variables ...
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Why are electrons defined to have negative charge? [duplicate]

We normally think of the "default" or "root" state of things as being on the positive side of the spectrum. For example, we don't normally use a + symbol to ...
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why does headlights dim when a starter motor is turned on

okay first of all, what exactly does the starter motor do? does it increase the current flow and decrease voltage? and does starter motor have its own internal resistance? i understand how there is a ...
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Can an AC magnetic field be measured by a hall probe?

Many hall sensors on the market have a datasheet that explain the proportional relationship between the analog voltage that is outputted and the relative gauss/tesla reading (for example: 2.5mV = ...
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Inductor rise time and inductor wire length

So here is an interesting question about inductors or coils in general. Suppose you had a inductor which was 12 inch's in diameter and say 12 inch's in length and has 100 turns of wire. The total ...
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Which physics subjects should a math major follow if s/he's interested in Smart Grid Networks? [closed]

I study mathematics and I would like to work on Smart Grid Networks in the (near) future. I would like to do so by applying optimization theory, percolation theory, Markov chains and more to problems ...
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Why does connecting a battery's positive terminal to the negative terminal of another battery not create a short circuit?

This is a question regarding the physics behind the observation. I have guessed the answer to the question, but I may be wrong, so I want to wait for the responses before posting it. Some major ...