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

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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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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 ...
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Why is there a potential difference?

The question then asks for the potential difference between $X$ and $Y$, which is claimed to be $3.6\text{ volts}%$. Why would there be a potential difference in this case? If I connect a lightbulb ...
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What is voltage: strict but intuitive definition from accumulator's perspective

I know, that voltage is analogous to pressure for charge, but analogies lie. I don't see charge pressing anything and I don't understand definition of $U=A/q$ (voltage = work/charge), cause I can't ...
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Is the same amount of electricity used for ceiling and table fans on different speeds?

We use ceiling and table fans in home which are can be set to low or high speeds using regulators. I want to ask that does it uses or consumes same amount of electricity at different speeds? Here, ...
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Why does the car clock dim down so much when the headlight is turned on?

Even on a current new 2012 car, when the green LED clock inside the car is quite bright, but when the car's headlight is turned on, the clock dims down to only about 1/4 of its brightness, which makes ...
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Do you think it’s possible to make a power plant of the described kind?

We are working on a science project and try to engineer a power plant of a new kind. It is called Air HES (air hydroelectric station). The idea is described on our website. Do you think it is ...
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Can I get anions by touching the negative electrode of a battery? [closed]

It is said that anions are good for health. Instead of using an anion generator, can I get anions by touching the negative electrode of a battery?
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Magnetic flying engine [closed]

I invented a flying engine moving entirely by magnetic forces (such as the force related with magnetic field of the Earth). See http://porton.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/magnetic-vehicle/ The question ...
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Calculating electric field

This problem is giving me a lot of problems. So $E=k*q/d^2$. We'd want to find the distance from q1 to P, which is .1 meters (not cm) using pythagorean thereom. So we know k, which is just $9x10^9$ ...
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electrical field in coaxial cable

When getting the electric field between the outer and inner cylinder. why is it that we are only concerned with the field generated by the positive charge distribution on the inner surface and not ...
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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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Is it possible to avoid static electricity? [closed]

Sometimes I touch a car or a door and I feel the static electricity in my hand and it hurts sometimes. I try not to touch anything because I feel like I am going to feel this pain again. Is there a ...
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Why doesn't a fluorescent lamp implode even though the pressure difference is very high?

According to Wikipedia, the pressure inside a fluorescent lamp is 0.3% of the atmospheric pressure, so the pressure difference between the outside and the inside of the lamp is almost equal to the ...
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Confused about two formulas for electric field magnitudes

So I am going through my notes and I come across these two equations which both describe electric field magnitudes (I think.) $$\frac{k q}{r^2}$$ and $$\frac{Q}{A \epsilon_0}$$ Could someone ...
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which is efficient on solar electricity by photo voltaic or thermal

As we know solar energy used to generate electricity in two major ways: photovoltaic and thermal energy. The most small applications or personal use are mostly using solar cells. But when it comes to ...
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Voltage and Current

I know that as voltage increases, current increases by $V=IR$, but I really find some difficulty in understanding this at the atomic level (what happens with the electrons inside that wire). I ...
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How does an ammeter in a circuit work?

Apologies for this simple question, but I'm having trouble grasping the concept of how an ammeter works. Taking the following circuit as an example: When the switch is closed, current flows ...
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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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Speed of electricity in cable [duplicate]

Movement speed of electricity in cable, is same as speed of light in space? In other words, electricity moves in usual electro cable aproximatelly 300 000 km/second ?
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Mechanical equivalent to electric circuits

Could one build a mechanical equivalent to electric circuits ? I'm considering mechanical waves (like shock waves) travelling through a medium here. I'm aware that due to the high loss and practical ...
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What's the difference between a positive and a negative current?

Say I have a wire, and I connect a current source on its left end, and a ground to its right end. Then using my power supply I source a positive current, does this mean that electrons will move from ...
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Calculating the energy supplied by a battery

If you wanted to calculate the energy supplied by a battery in time $t$ you would use $E=VIt$ where $I$ is the current through the battery. If the internal resistance is $r$ we could also use ...
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Question about ohmic conductors

I'm having some trouble understanding Ohm's law. My trouble is with the different ways it is described when referring to ohmic and non-ohmic conductors. If someone can answer this question I think it ...
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Can a laser work forever if constant electricity is provided?

Can a laser work forever if constant electricity is provided? If we take a laser and provide it with constant electricity will the reactions in the semiconductor generate photons forever?
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Why can't I series 5 D Cell Batteries to achieve 7.4 volts?

I appreciate this site that is allowing me to get an answer to a phenomena I am witnessing. I'm trying to series 5- D Cell Batteries. However I cannot make it completely through because the middle ...
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Is it correct to use $P=\large\frac{V^2}{R}$ for AC circuits?

In one of my old notebooks, I found a problem which was basically about finding out resistance of a 100W light bulb (In my country electricity voltage is 220V). Then our teacher had used the equation ...
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Relationship between electrical resistivity and density

I just read this answer on EE.SE and that triggered a doubt in me. If I were asked whether there is any relationship between the electrical resistivity and the density of a substance I'd answer ...
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(Capacitance of a battery?) Finding the charge accumulated on a rod

We all know the expression for the potential difference across a conducting rod moving through a region with a uniform magnetic field: $\epsilon = B l v$ Now my question is different. Is it ...
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Kirchoff's loop law

Can any one provide me with mathematical proof of kirchoff's loop law? I am not able to understand from where to start.
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Explain the concept of “accumulated momentum” for an electron

I need someone to help me understand this equation: $ \Delta p = qEt$ where $q$ is the charge, $E$ is the electric field and $t$ is in seconds. I thought that we were supposed to write momentum in ...
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In low voltage (3-12V) DC applications, which is safer to be exposed or touchable + or - terminal?

The - side has a surplus of $e^{-}$s and the opposite is true for the + side of the power supply. Does it not matter, or depends on your configuration / contact with Earth? Please explain!
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Direction of current in concentric cylinders

Example 7.2 in David Griffiths E & M book (3rd edition) has a side view of 2 concentric cylinders, with smaller radius $a$ and larger radius $b$. The region in between $a$ and $b$ has ...
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Could this open electric circuit work?

Two batteries are interfaced by a resistor. Parameters such as resistance can be set arbitrarily. Does it work?
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electric current in parallel circuit [closed]

If I have a parallel circuit with two resistors ($R_1=48 \Omega$ and $R_2=16 \Omega$) - and $R_1$ has a $0.1 A$ current running through, is it possible to calculate the current through $R_2$ without ...
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Computing power based on weighted averages [closed]

I'm struggling to understand the reason why I'm getting different results with two apparently similar ways to compute the power consumption (over multiple time intervals) of an electrical circuit. ...
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Can walking provide electrical energy?

This is more of a theoretical question, but is it possible to convert the energy you use to walk into electrical energy to say, power a light bulb?
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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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Is current related to the length of the conductor?

Ohm's Law tells us that $V = IR$. This implies that $I \propto \frac{1}{R}$. But, $R \propto l$, where l is the length of the conductor. This would mean that $I \propto \frac{1}{l}$. But this does not ...
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There is no electricity at home,I need to light a 15W CFL Bulb.Can I Do it with the help of a hamster? [closed]

We know that i)avg speed of A Hamster is 30km/hr. ii)Avg mass of hamster is 1.5 kg. From the above info: Kinetic energy=1/2 X mass X velocity^2 So, K.E=1/2 x 1.5 x 30 x 30 ...
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Electrons drift velocity and capacitors

My friend said this to me and just want to make sure this is right " when we connect the a battery to a LED and the 2 poles are connected, electrons flow from the (-) to the (+) but with very low ...
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Voltmeter forming a closed circuit

A battery is connected to a 10Ω resistor as shown in Figure 2. The emf (electromotive force) of the battery is 6.0 V. When the switch is open the voltmeter reads 6.0 V and when it is closed it ...