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

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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?
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Electricity parallel combination

Why is resistance lower in a parallel configuration and therefore current is more? Shouldn't resistance be addition of all resistor's resistance?
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How long do electrons take to “decide” how to go through a circuit?

Many other people have asked how an electron decides which path to take, but no one has asked how long do they take. Is there an equation for their "uncertainty" time? Do they decide instantaneously ...
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What will happen when lightning strikes on the surface of the deep sea?

The lightning is having enormous amount of energy, as it strikes the ground it makes various electrical and magnetic effects. If the lightning strikes a tree, that will be burst by lightning. ...
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Is their a visual difference between air-gap sparks of the same voltage but different current?

For example, if this spark gap has a kilovolt of power behind it @ 1A and the other is also at a kilovolt but is @2A will there be a visual difference (i.e. will the one with higher current be ...
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Is it possible to raise the voltage of a power source by lowering its current indefinitely (i.e. transformers)?

Let's say you have a D battery. You wire it up to the primary of a step-up transformer, which you then in turn wire up to another step-up transformer,...etc. Is there a limit to how high the voltage ...
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The standard definition of current

The book says current is the rate of flow of charge per unit time, but I don't understand whether it is rate of flow of charge through a single cross-sectional area per unit time or the entire amount ...
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Why charge distribution is greatest at pointy edges of a surface? [duplicate]

If we have a conductor which is in electrostatic equilibrium, then the charge distribution over this surface $\sigma$ is greatest at the sharp edges of that surface. Why is this the case? I want ...
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How can I have a voltage in hall effect with zero magnetic field?

How can we obtain a voltage with no magnetic field is applied to the semiconductor? They told me that if the points where I measure the potential difference are not at the same level I would obtain a ...
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What is the purpose of defining an electric field, and how to apply it?

So, I've been reading an introductory book to physics. I've gotten to the point where I understand Coulomb's law, and now the book is introducing electric fields. I'm having a hard time ...
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Why does the electron volt seem inconsistent with mass?

If I understand correctly, an electron volt is the work done when an electron is moved from a plate with a voltage of 0V to another plate with a voltage of +1V. This is represented by $V = W/Q$, or $W ...
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How can Ac be listed as a single voltage

How can AC be listed as a single voltage (e.g 240V AC) when it constantly varies and what does this have to do with RMS Voltage.
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What is the cause of the time-varying electric and magnetic near-fields around a wire with a 60Hz AC current?

I know that it's the accelerating electrons in an AC current that are the cause of far field effects. But, what about the reactive near field close to a wire that has a 60Hz AC current? What is the ...
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Conductivity of electrically ionized water

So we see people putting salt in water for increased conductivity. What if you ionize the water with voltage. Positive and negative splitting. One side will have more free electrons than the other ...
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An infinite value for an electric field?

Consider a system of point charges. To calculate the value of an electric field at a point, we consider the contribution of the electric field from all the charges at that point. Consider the ...
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Why does corona discharge generate ozone?

When a corona discharge occurs for instance in a laser printer, ozone is generated. What is the mechanism that produce ozone for high voltage discharge?
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Capacitance of a single charged plate?

Lets say we have a single plate that has a charge of +Q on it. A plate with charge -Q is infinite distance away. Will the plate with +Q have a capacitance associated with it? Why or why not? I was ...
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Basic concepts on Electricity [closed]

How do electrons move? I mean really do they move? I read that they move in circular shells AROUND THE NUCLEUS. How can they move in the conductor? I have read that there are valent electrons that ...
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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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How exactly does a solar flare cause a power line surge?

There are occasional large scale electrical blackouts caused by solar flares. Quebec Solar Flare Blackout My question is: what affects the severity of the problem? It obviously depends on the ...
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Quality Factor in a Parallel LC Circuit

I was wondering if there is a notion of a quality factor in a parallel LC circuit, since there is no resistance. One can show that this circuit has a resonance frequency as follows: Impedance: ...
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Why do electric sparks appear blue/purple?

Electric sparks tend to appear blue or purple or white in color. Why?
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What actually happens when electrons 'collide' with other electrons in a conductor to produce heat in an electrical circuit?

Textbooks describe resistance as involving electrons colliding with other ions in metals, resulting in a heating effect, though how exactly is this achieved? Although I am not required to learn the ...
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Does “ac current” mean that the electricity goes left and right or just changes polarity?

AC goes one way in one phase and the opposite way in the other phase, but is going right and to left, or is it only changing the polarity from (-) to (+)? If light bulbs turn off and on (so fast we ...
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Why can insulators be charged by friction but not by conduction?

When you charge an insulator by friction, the close contact of two electron clouds (each from a different medium) allows for electrons to be transferred between them. Yet why can the same not be ...
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What does it mean when we say that power of a bulb is 10 W? Since $V/I=$ resistance is a constant, how can power $=VI$ be a constant?

My question is simple. In Ideal situation, at constant temperature, we know that normal appliances like a filament bulb has straight Voltage vs Current graph, meaning its resistance is constant or ...
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Potential difference inside charge distributions

Always when I think about potential difference inside a symmetrical charge distribution, I think of it being equal to zero because it's dependent on the field and I imagine the directions of each of ...
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Understanding electric field and potential inside an half-connected wire

Let's say we have a 9 V battery and a wire as shown in the image below: Let's assume H is the reference for measuring potential. I know the potential in F is 9 V, and I know the electric field in F ...
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Why did the electric potential energy fall in this situation?

Suppose you have two capacitors configured as shown in the image below. One of them has charge $q$ and the other one is uncharged. Then, you close the switch, allowing charges to flow. After ...
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Electric field on the surface of a charged sphere

We know that the electric field for a point charge is $$ E = \frac{KQ}{R^2}. $$ If $R$, i.e. distance from the electric field producer to the point where we want to find the electric field becomes ...
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Why does lightning generate multiple branches?

Everyone have seen and knows how lightning occurs. But then I realized that lightning never occurs in straight lines but it follows branching. But Why is that so? Why can't lightning goes in straight ...
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How can we prove that electric field originate from and terminate on charge using Gauss Law?

We already know that electric field originate and terminate on charge only and they doesn't make any closed path. But is it possible to prove this statement using Gauss Law ? If yes then how ?
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Can we have electronics with charge carriers OTHER than electrons?

Ions perhaps? Or other elementary particles with charge?
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How do you calculate maximum current density for alternating currents?

I think the answer is neither here nor on Wikipedia but forgive me if it is, I don't read maths well. This question applies specifically to current density during transcranial stimulation with either ...
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How is a potential difference created between two points?

I would like to know how potential difference is created between two points?Is potential difference created by adding more electrons at one side?If that's the case how to add more electrons at one ...
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Do free charges in conductor in electrostatic field still moving even after the internal electric field is zero?

By the boundary condition, if an external electric field is apply to a conductor. The free charges of the conductor will move so that in the end There is no electric field or charge inside ...
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single conducting plane and parallel conducting plane with opposite charge all have different Electric field but same Electric Flux?

Considering the electric field $\vec{E}$ created by an infinite conducting plane $M_1$ having surface charge density $\rho_s$ locate at xy plane at $z = 0$ with $\hat{a}_z$ as unit vector ...
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where does the term half in the formula of electrostatic potential energy comes from?(system of point charges)

Electrostatic potential energy stored in a system of point charges (from wikipedia) The electrostatic potential energy $U_E$ stored in a system of N charges q1, q2, ..., qN at positions r1, r2, ...
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Ohm's law holds at constant temperature - what about Joule heating?

Ohm's law states that the resistance of a conductor is constant provided its physical conditions, such as temperature, remain constant. But what I'm thinking is that as you increase the voltage across ...
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How can equipotential planes differ in potential in an uniform field?

I'm trying to solve an exercise that asks me the field strength of an uniform electric field where equipotential planes differ by $1\ \mathrm{V}$ and are $2.5\ \mathrm{cm}$ apart. First of all, I ...
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Why do lightning rods have a sharp point at the top?

We know that a lightning rod or lightning conductor is a metal rod or metallic object mounted on top of an elevated structure and, if we look closely, most of them have a sharp point at the top. What ...
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What happens when a bird lands on a power line?

I know that when a bird is sitting on a high-voltage power line, virtually no current flows through the bird because there is (almost) no voltage drop between its legs, the two points are ...
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How electrons move so fast in a electric circuit?

Whenever we switch on a bulb......it takes almost no time to glow up.....But we know that the atoms of a solid are tightly packed and there is a very little space between them. So how the electrons ...
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Planet Sized Generator

I have an interesting idea for an energy generator and I want to see what you think. Basically, you take a small planet and drill from one side to the other so it looks like a sphere intersected ...