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

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Is it possible to generate electricity using a water tower?

Is it possible to build a water tower that will provide enough pressure to run an electricity generator? A water pump can be used to send water up to the tower. The water pump can be powered by solar ...
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What happens when a lightning rod is not earthed?

A Lightning rod is fixed to the building and it is not given earthing then what happens? How does the lightning reach the ground through the building?
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Could we use nuclear bombs to generate electricity? [closed]

it seems the biggest problem with fusion power is confinement. on the other hand, we developed a fusion bomb in just a few years. i was wondering if it could be economically viable to use nuclear ...
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How feasible is it to power your home with a bicycle? [on hold]

This article claims "60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours!" How feasible is this claim? Sounds great - but the skeptic in me says "yeah, right." Hope this is an acceptable ...
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Why is the resistivity of a copper cable much higher than copper?

I was looking at the data sheet for a copper cable and noticed the conductor resistance to be specified at around 5 mOhm/m. This is magnitudes higher than pure copper, which has a resistance in the ...
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How is voltage increased from a battery?

I have recently watched a video about a powerful Octa-copter that uses 30,000 Volt brushless motors to propell, the batteries however look quite small about a 19v laptop battery. How is the voltage ...
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Why does resistance increase with length?

This is for the case of wires only (pipes are easy). I see that if I place a 9-Volt (constant) battery across any wire, the current is proportional to resistance. I don't understand why, for a ...
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How to measure the energy consumption class of a home appliance? [closed]

Some of you may be familiar with the EU energy consumption classes for domestic appliances (or equivalents in other areas). Let's say we have a domestic appliance which was made before the energy ...
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How the car keys prevent the shock caused by Static Electricity

I was reading around about the Radio Frequency and its effect on the GAS/Petrol forecourts, suddenly i came across something posted by someone, "I personally went on a trip with some friends, one who ...
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Parallel or series connection?

Are C1, C2 and C3 connected in parallel, or C2, C3 in parallel and C1 in series with C23? Btw it appeared as a question in the basic physics Albanian A-levels yesterday. You had to find the ...
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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)? The ...
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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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IF I touch anything at 0 volt with my hands and touch earth, will I get shock? Will charges from earth pass through me to 0 volt?

I know we don't get shock when we touch earth because we don't have anything to pass current to. What about when we touch 0 volts?
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Why are diodes able to amplify signals in groups, but not alone?

Single diodes can determine whether a signal passes or not (depending on the biased)(plus they can even rectify a signal), yet why does it take a combination of diodes(like a transistor) to amplify a ...
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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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Derive that $P = I^2R$

As our homework, we were asked to derive $P = I^2R$. Now, I started off with the basic relation $P = \frac{W}{T}$. I was not able to think of anything from here, so I started plugging in random ...
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The Ultimate Hand Dryer

I have come across many hand dryers that attempt to dry your hands really fast after you wash them. Here are two of them: XLERATOR http://www.exceldryer.com/ Dyson Airblade http://www.dysonairblade....
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Lightning Power?

What is the power source of a lightning? It doesn't consume fuel, nor an atomic fission/fusion, but it discharges a large amount of energy. Is it feasible to create an artificial lightning using the ...
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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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Why don't you get electrocuted when you jump and touch an electric fence?

I've read that you won't get electrocuted if you jump and touch an electric fence because you aren't closing the circuit with the ground. Which is also why birds don't get electrocuted when they're ...
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Why do coal power stations not directly use combustion to turn the turbines?

Why do coal power stations run by creating steam rather than from the expansion due to combustion? I understand that in order to generate electricity in a coal power plant, steam is usually produced ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Transformers and DC voltage

Ok, if I have a transformer with 100 coils of the primary and 200 coils on the secondary and I connect a 9 volt battery to the primary, how many volts should I expect from the secondary coil? I know ...
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How can a glass rod become charged if it is an insulator?

I was reading some of the other questions, and I found this one about a glass rod and how it gains a net charge when rubbed with a silk scarf. I learned from working in a shop one summer that most ...
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Why does holding an electrical switch in between on and off states cause sparks?

If air is a bad conductor, then why do sparks develop when an electrical switch is held in between on and off states? Why are sparks generated when cables carrying heavy electric current are brought ...
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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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How can I measure the conductivity of a copper rod?

I would like to perform an experiment to measure the conductivity of a copper rod. What device can I use to perform to experiment? is there such a thing as a conductivity meter? All i found was an ...
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If the electric field inside a conductor is zero then how does current flow through it? [duplicate]

I read in a book that when a conductor is placed in an electric field then the free electrons in the conductor will align in such a manner that an electric field is induced which is opposite to the ...
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Why does a rotating aluminium disc slow down when a current carrying coil with iron core is held above it?

What I don't understand is it the Emf induced that slows down the disc or is it a force.
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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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Charges on capacitor after full charge by battery

When the charging is finished what will be the charge on an ideal parallel plate capacitor ? To be specific what are the charges on different faces of the 2 plates ? All the books say, after 100% ...
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Current and resistance

Why the current is the same at all of the positions in a series circuit??,although there are different voltages at different positions of the circuit. What i know is that as the electron passes one ...
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Does a switched on power socket consume electricity? [closed]

Lets say I have a TV and a power socket but the TV switch is off however the socket switch is switched on, so will it consume electricity?
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Does resistance have to be constant for Ohm's Law to be obeyed?

I have looked all over the internet to try and find an answer to this question and frustratingly different people seem to have completely different opinions. What I find hard to understand is why '...
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Is there no electric field inside a conductor?

I came across this statement while studying electric currents and I am confused: "There is no electric field inside a conductor. Hence no current can flow through it". Is there a fallacy in this ...
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Resistor and voltage

Considering this simple circuit : The potential is supposed to be constant along each wire (because they're conductors), such that the left wire in its entirety is at the same potential as the ...
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What can happen when 2.3*10^28 positrons collide with 2.3*10^28 electrons? [closed]

I'm interested in this question after a writer friend asked me what happens when a human gets bombarded with positrons. Didn't want to post this under scifi because I want more "scientific" answers... ...
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Will Positron Cause flow of electricity?

Recently someone told me about antimatter. Antimatter is something that is completely opposite to matter. What I would like to know is let's say this universe was made of Anti-Matter. So since the ...
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Equivalent formulas for electric current density

I am reading an article that states that the "ratio of current to the area for a given surface is known as current density" and is defined as $J = \frac{I}{A}$ where $I$ is the current and $A$ is ...
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Why don't neutral atoms distort the electric field?

Suppose I have a positively charged conductor with a cavity. There's a positive charge inside the cavity and the system has reached electrostatic equilibrium. Then there's negative charge surrounding ...
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Electricity production

Are there alternate means to produce electricity than magnetic induction? I observe that all places this method is used .Do other methods exist even if this being the most profitable way.
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Why does material resistance increase with temperature but electrolyte internal resistance decrease with increase in temperature?

The question is pretty much in the title itself, why does the internal resistance decrease with the increase in the temperature of electrolyte? Is it related to the electrolyte bring a fluid or ...
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Defining electric potential energy

When we say that the electric potential energy at a point is X is that assuming we are using a positive test charge?
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Why touching tooth filling with aluminum foil feels so weird?

I have read that there is and electrical current, but why and how? How big can this current (and voltage) be (does an amount of foil, saliva, tooth filling have any influence on this)? Can it "dry ...
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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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What is the speed of electrical current in salt water?

I am wondering about a specific question regarding the speed at which an electrical current traverses through salt-water / saline. By this I do not mean the electron drift speed - I mean, at what ...