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

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Why are electric shocks felt asymmetrically?

I have been zapping people quite a lot recently (e.g. when shaking hands), probably due to new shoes. What I noticed is that usually I can't actually feel the shock, even though the other person quite ...
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Why is the electric current instantaneous while the drift velocity of electrons is slow? [duplicate]

The speed of an electron is very slow while going through a conductor(like 1mm per second),but the current passes instantaneous.why?
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Null point (vector) between n point charges

I have derived the result for 2 positive charges, and for one positive one negative can be obtained by using the minus sign correctly. But I was unable to extend it or solve for n charges. Is my ...
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Why don't capacitor charging graphs look like other exponential growth graphs?

Sorry if this question is stupid, but I can't find any answers for this online. Physics websites show that capacitors charge and discharge exponentially. The discharging graphs of charge against time ...
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What is the reason for extremely high speed of electric current?

I know that electric current is the flow of electrons but electrons have a very slow drift speed (about 2mm/s). How is it that electric current reaches its destination at almost the speed of light?
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Are objects generally neutral or charged?

Basically the questions relates to what is taught about electroneutrality and has 2 parts: Is the overall charge in the universe zero? Are objects the world generally neutral or slightly charged, ...
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Amplitude of voltage from centre tap rectifier?

Should be the amplitude of voltage obtained from a centre tap transformer be about half if not rectified? Because in centre tap the potential difference for each half cycle is taken a cross only half ...
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Wind turbine design question [closed]

I am planning to design a wind turbine that is has rotor blade radius of 0.915m and is connected to a generator. The generators specifications are, it is an ac generator with 5000 coil turnings and a ...
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Is the electric field strength along an equipotential surface constant?

I'm trying to determine whether or not the electric field strength $|\vec{\mathcal{E}}|$ is constant everywhere on an equipotential surface. I know an equipotential surface is defined as $$ S = ...
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Magnetic field of rotating charged insulating loop

A charged insulated square loop of side length $a$ is rotated about an axis perpendicular to its plane. What is the ratio of the magnetic field in its centre to the magnetic field of a rotating ...
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Can current be induced in a grounded conductor?

I'm engaged in a rather lively debate with a group whose physics I believe to be a bit shaky. Basically they're claiming that if a conductive object is grounded to earth, the current cannot be ...
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Voltage without charge

Can a non-moving charge still have a (nonzero) voltage level? Basically, if i(amperes, measuring current)=0, does V(voltage) have to be 0 too?
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Why does alternating current change direction? [closed]

As the title implies, I would like to learn why. I have read wikipedia pages in 3 different languages, searched the net and found nothing. Thanks in advance.
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ionisation of gases by electrons

In canal ray experiment, how do accelearating electrons coming from cathode knock out electrons from the gaseous atoms in the discharge tube and thus ionise them ?what is happening exactly when an ...
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relationship between electrical resistance and Hagen Poiseuille's law

For the electrical resistance of a conductor, we have $$R = \rho \frac{l}{A}$$ Noting the structural similarity between the Hagen-Poiseuille law and Ohm's law, we can define a similar quantity for ...
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Why are metals worse conductors when heated?

When metals, (such as in circuits), are heated, their ability to conduct electric current is hampered. Why is this? Does the transition towards liquid disrupt a metal's ability to conduct, or is ...
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Temperature dependence on conductivity of a metal in terms of band gap, conduction band, valence band,

I am trying to find an answer to the following question: Why did the conductivity of one of the metals decrease with increasing temperature? Explain in terms of ...
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Why are some Air Gap Sparks Orange?

While testing the ignition system on my car with a variable gap spark tester I noticed that the spark was orange. I suspect that there may be a problem with the ignition coil such that there is ...
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I got an electric shock from a metal door…but no one else did?

Earlier today I got shocked 3 times by a metal door that didn't shock anyone else. The door (to a convenience store) is glass with a metal grate built in, and a metal handle and edges. I touched the ...
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Why isn't there short circuit in a Mylar conducting sheet?

Basically, we use probes connected to a ammeter to outline equipotential lines. I don't know why it's ammeter not voltmeter. Think it's because if there there is no potential difference, there won't ...
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How does the earth wire work? [duplicate]

Since we say when the live wire touches the metal casing of the appliance, the appliance gets live and touching it we feel a shock. Now let's think about the same situation having a earth wire. Here ...
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How much current travels transversely in a coil ?

Excuse the the cryptic q. I was just wondering, say in a guitar pickup or AC transformer, we have a coil of copper wire that is coiled around a magnetic core(s). Current is induced in the wire by the ...
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What material used in soil based microbial fuel?

I have seen from wikipedia that there are soil based microbial fuel which need only anode and cathode while soil itself could act as proton exchange filter But what kind of other material it needed? ...
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power in an ac circuit - difference between in series and parallel

In AC-circuits, we have different kinds of power: active power $P$, reactive power $Q$ and apparent power $|S|$. Let's say we have a circuit with a resistor $R$ and an inductor $L$. My understanding ...
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How could a solar eclipse cause my light bulb to explode? [closed]

Any explanation to this? as it happened right during the phase of eclipse or is it just coincident? I had just finished my breakfast and on the way to go outside to watch the eclipse and before it ...
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Does electron drift model apply to current in liquids

The electrons in a metallic conductor, tend to drift at abysmally slow speeds, but still a current is able to flow through it, because the net movement is in the direction of the applied emf. How is ...
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How does the jumper in Christmas lights work?

This is the structure according to my textbook: I don't know what the glass insulator are for?? But there is indeed a thin layer of insulator coating on the jumper. Why I don't know, too, what that ...
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Electric Honeycomb

Set a vertically oriented steel needle over a horizontal metallic plate. Place some oil onto the plate. If you apply constant high voltage between the needle and the plate, a cell structure appears on ...
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Discharge Static Electricity from Carpet without chemicals

I've got a large amount of static electricity built up in a room. Is there any way I could discharge the static without the use of chemicals?
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How can the fact that there is no electric field inside a hollow conductor be explained by Faraday's ice pail experiment?

Basically something very similar to these pictures These are from two separate books. The bottom picture says that all the excess charge in an object can be transferred to an already charged metal ...
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Why don't we feel shock when there is lightning? [closed]

When there is lightning in the sky and I am are standing on the ground having no insulating material between me and the ground, why do I not feel an electric shock? If this looks stupid to you I am ...
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What are the clicking sounds when static electricity occurs?

Sometimes, when there's static electricity, soft clicking sounds can be heard. This may happen when two fabrics are rubbed or when you get a static shock. What exactly causes this sounds?
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Proving an AC current with peak amplitude of 311V is equivalent to a DC current of 220V [closed]

If one starts with an alternating current in the form of a sin wave with a peak amplitude of 311V and then goes through the usual RMS procedure of integrating $sin^2$ from 0 to 2$\pi$ then the result ...
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What phenomena occur in a low voltage arc between copper and graphite electrodes, and why is the result dependent on electrode polarity?

I was playing around with a laboratory power supply, drawing arcs between electrodes of various materials. I noticed phenomena that I found interesting, and couldn't really explain myself: The ...
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The Photoelectric Effect in passive cooling?

Information on the Photoelectric Effect: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photoelectric_effect Summary: Some metals release electrons when struck by a certain frequency of photon. What does this mean ...
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How is it possible to even develop any current in an inductor?

Potential difference across an inductor (ie p.d. between current exit point and current entry point) is given as $$V= -L\frac{di}{dt} -iR,$$ where $L$ is the inductance of inductor and $R$ is its ...
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What does the movement of charge in an object mean?

When it is said that charge "moves" throughout an object, like if negative charge moves to the edge of an object and the charges become polarized, does this mean that the electrons has moved to the ...
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Will putting a rubber cap on a steel bar prevent it from getting struck by lightning?

Let's say there's a stainless steel bar pointing to the sky from the ground. Like this there's a possibility it gets struck by lightning. Now would putting a rubber cap on top of the bar change this ...
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Error in current voltage relation? [closed]

The current voltage relation of diode is given by I=(e^(1000V/t)-1)mA,where the applied voltage V is in volts and the temprature T is in degree Kelvin. If I made an error measuring +-0.01 V while ...
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How quick does a regular household bulb lights up after being switched on? [closed]

In this video the narrator mentions a study in which if a light bulb lights up quicker than 40ms it would seem as though it lit up before it was even switched on. How quick does a regular household ...
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Why is it that when potential difference across a capacitor is equal to the supply voltage, no flow occurs?

Can someone explain to me how and why this happens? I'm really confused. I'm also confused about how the net charge between 2 plates is 0.
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What happens when we connect one end of a wire to the main supply and the other end to ground?

If we connect a wire to the main supply(240v) and if we ground it, what will happen ?? Will there be a current flow ? Will I get a huge electricity bill at the end of the month ?? Also if we connect a ...
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Negative ampere and graphical convention

Since only electron's flow in electricity and electrons have negative charge, then why we don't say —1amps (—1C/s)? Secondly, as conventional way we write down independent variable in $x$ axis and ...
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Can an Oven being set to a different temperature cause electric board to go off?

Basically: the electrical system kept going off (when light goes down in a division due to too many electrical appliances on at a time, or their combined power consumption). My roommate said it was ...
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tranfser of electrons between two metals and a wire

If you have a circuit of a battery, a Resistance and a light connected with a wire by example: in the middle the wire is cutted in two pieces. if you connect each piece of wire with a metal object and ...
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How much is a Coulomb, really?

I've heard it said in my physics class that a Coulomb "is a lot of charge". And I believe it; most of the problems I've done in the class so far involve charges on the order of micro-Coulombs (or, ...
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Drift velocity of electrons in a conductor

How does the drift velocity of electrons in a conductor depend on the temperature? I have two contradicting views for this. First, we can say that increasing the temperature of the conductor will ...
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Why do we prefer using materials of high resistivity in laboratory instruments?

I know that :$$R=\rho\frac{l}{A}$$ where $R$ is the resistance of the wire, $\rho$ is its specific resistance (resistivity), $l$ is its length, and $A$ is the area of cross-section of the wire. Why ...
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Doesn't any massive conductor look like “ground” to an AC supply?

I've been puzzling over this excellent answer to the perennial "Why don't I get shocked by a hot wire if I'm not grounded?" question. The orders of magnitude just don't seem right for two reasons: ...
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How to insulate static electricity

This is a follow up question to Extending the reach of a crocodile clip for Kelvin Water Dropper experiment. We have resolved the issue, but now we have the following cable (in the image) that ...