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

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Why are trampolines more likely to give you a static shock when it is sunny?

It could just be in my head but I have noticed that I am more likely to get a static shock from my tramp when it is sunny than when it is not sunny. Is there a reason for this?
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Potential difference on a curcuit

Above is a simple circuit. It has a voltage of 9V between the two terminals. I have drawn red lines which look like vectors, indicating how the current will flow. From the above diagram, I have a ...
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How would you define a difference in potential?

I'm currently in 12th grade, and am required to write an essay about physics and biology. The topic of the essay is the artificial brain (with the researches of the Human Brain Project in Switzerland ...
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Wait… why exactly does farady's ice pail experiment prove Gauss's law?

You'll notice there are no equations in this: that's because this is a question of morale, not of math. But a humble one at that! I come to learn, not to expound. But don't let that limit the form ...
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My electrophorus doesn't work

I have failed in generating charge using electrophorus. The charging material was a balloon rubbed with hair until it became very full of static, as well as a small piece of Styrofoam rubbed with the ...
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Electrical network of current sources - What happens if one source is defect?

Suppose you have connected in a parallel circuit a pair of, say for the sake of concretness 5 sources of 300 mA and 0,5 V each, which are themselves connected together in series. Hence, in total one ...
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What causes a larger (longer) electrical arc when using a tesla coil

So, I really don't know much about this subject, if any at all, but I'd like to do a project on it. I've done some testing with my tesla coil and there appears to be a trend such that a larger ...
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How does current flow in the circuit during negative cycle of input?

So,as far as I know the input signal just controls the current from +Vcc as per this analogy But in the first picture during the negative half cycle of the input waveform the output wave form is ...
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Why can't mutual inductance create perpetual electricity?

Consider the following image. When the battery is connected then current starts flowing through the primary cicuit and magnetic flux changes through the coil, this causes electricity to be induced ...
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Temperatures reached in arc flashes

Good morning, I have a question regarding the arc flashes. Some papers mention that temperatures of nearly 20000 K can be reached during an arc flash. Could anyone explain how to come up with those ...
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Electricity from effervescence, is it possible?

I've had this idea for quite some time (after having a cold and seeing Tabcin sparkling tablets), is there the possibility to generate electricity from effervescence? I envisioned something like the ...
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Thermometric Properties

A thermocouple thermometer with 10 ohms of resistance is calibrated with its hot junction and cold junction immersed in steam and melting ice respectively. An EMF of 5.6mv is measured. This ...
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In what way can a Solar storm hitting the Earth disrupt electronic equipment [duplicate]

I was reading this Wikipedia article on the 2012 Solar Storm event, which describes a Solar storm which nearly missed the Earth by a few weeks. It says that if it had hit the Earth, it would have ...
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Measured voltage on coil

I have a simple circuit of coil with inductance L $$u_c(t)= -L\frac{di}{dt}$$ and AC source with output voltage $u_s$ What is actually measured by the voltmeter ($u_c$, $u_s$ or $u_s - u_c$)? If ...
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Theoretical uncertainty of a circuit's total resistance when made entirely of resistors

My question in short(ish) is: Will the fractional uncertainty of a circuit made entirely of resistors with equal fractional uncertainties be the same as the fractional uncertainty of those resistors. ...
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Relation between Power, Voltage and Current when one or more of them is amplified?

Power(P) = Voltage(V) * Current(I) If voltage or current is amplified or multiplied what happens to power and current. Does this affect in increase or decrease in power and current values or does ...
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How did the author derive the distance the particle takes as $\dfrac{h}{cos\theta}$?

On Page 292 of Griffith's Introduction to Electromagnetism (3rd ed.) he mentions that the a basic for of a generator is one in which one pulls a square wire with one side of it in an uniform magnetic ...
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Electric and Magnetic Field Created by Moving Electron

From a classical perspective, what are the electric and magnetic fields created by a single electron, initially located at the origin and moving along the $x$ axis with velocity $v \ll c$? I'm ...
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Time domain reflectometry (TDR) used on conductive “block”, not wire

What would happen if you tried to use time domain reflectometry (TDR) on a conductive block, opposed to a wire? Using electrodes or something. If you could describe the physical behavior of the ...
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Using theater lamp for heating [duplicate]

I'm asking myself a question about how to warm my house up, and the efficiency of such a thing : I live in a theater, and we got plenty of 1000W lighting fixture, mostly Tungsten incandescence ...
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Mean-free-time between collisions and drift-velocity

In a physics text book I need help to make sense of the part highlighted in yellow: This is out of context of course, so just to make it clearer: $\tau$ is the mean free time of the electrons in a ...
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Determine the size of a conductive medium

Are there any measurable characteristics that would allow one to discern the size of a conductive medium? Say I apply the same voltage to a two foot long wire and a four foot long wire. Is there ...
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Ratings for my solar car using brushless dc motor

I need help to decide the ratings of motors,solar panels,battery ratings for my solar car.. I want my solar pannels to charge the battery while the car is running at speed nearly 70-80 km-ph. since I ...
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How can a negative charge move towards a position of a higher electric potential but lose electric potential energy?

I understand that the equation is: change in electric potential = (negative)change in electric potential energy / unit charge. And I understand that if q is negative, then the change in electric ...
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Does the Magnetic Flux change (at a point) If the wire which causes it was cutted into a half?

If the electric charges move through a wire Does the generated Magnetic flux at any certain point chanage if this wire was cut into a half
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Formulas which describe Electric power loss accurate

What formulas describe the real power loss in conductors the best? I heard that there are different effects, like skin effect etc. I want to calculate the % the power drops per meter distance. ...
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Is that ground, wall conductive?

If i put my foot exposed to ground and put my finger to the USB power, i will be electrocuted. So the electron(s) from the USB power is passing over my hand, run to foot and go to ground ? As i might ...
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Power transmission loss in a large circuit

This is a followup question to this question Consider a large circuit like the german electric power transmission network. You have a lot of of people consuming power and a lot of power stations ...
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Power transmission in a circuit

lets say you have a battery and a resistance which form a circuit. The electrons flow through the resistance. How can you visualize the flow of energy? How do you visualize the energy field? I ...
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Current lagging voltage by more then 90 degrees

According to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leading_and_lagging_current An alternating current that reaches its maximum up to 90° behind the voltage producing it is said to be lagging. and ...
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Out of phase AC transmission lines in parallel

I've been reading up on power transmission networks and came across this thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrature_booster Basically it balances the load between two parallel power lines by ...
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What does it mean to charge a length of wire up to potential v?

I have to study the text "On the Theory of the Electric Telegraph," By William Thomson, 1855. I am having trouble gaining a conceptual understanding of the opening: "Let c be the electro-statical ...
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How does the Triboelectric effect work? [duplicate]

The general description for the Triboelectric effect (the main cause of static electricity in everyday life) is that when two certain materials come into contact, electrons are transferred between ...
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Polarization vector of dielectric electrostatics

I know two laws for Polarization vector of a dielectric material $$\vec P = N q \vec{\Delta L}$$ Where N is the number of dipoles per meter cube, $\vec{\Delta L}$ is the vector that represents the ...
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Explaining the current flow of the positive shunt clipper (diodes)

I am currently studying clippers or parallel limiters in the Navy and I was wondering if someone could clear up a few things for me. Here is a picture that fits my description: A clipper has a ...
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Physical sides of Electromagnetic Wave Propagation as nonlinear in metal

This Wikipedia page says that the electromagnetic wave propagation in air can be done by Freshnel transform: $$U_{0}(x,y) = - \frac{j}{\lambda} \frac{e^{jkz}}{z} \int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty} ...
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Graphs of electric quantities for cell with internal resistance [closed]

A cell of EMF $E$ and internal resistance $r$ is connected to an external resistance $R$. Draw graphs to show the variation of (a) $E$ with $R$, and (b) terminal potential difference $V$ of the cell ...
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Why is the voltage negative?

What I don't understand is why the the two voltage sources are subtracted when working out the emf for part a, The graph does not show the orientation of the solar panel so I thought I was to ...
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Electrical charge equilibrium and the piezoelectric effect

About the piezoelectric effect: if I press a crystal the electrical charges segregate and an electrical voltage appears on the other two faces of the crystal. See this link for example: ...
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Is there a relationship between the diameter of a copper wire and the bandwidth it can carry?

I'd suspect intuitively that the bandwidth should decrease as the diameter decreases, but I don't have any reasoning to back it up. Secondly, would the actual wavelengths that it can carry, also ...
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Calculate expected Voltage at a distant electrode

Firstly, please forgive me for misconceptions and errors as my knowledge of Physics is very basic. I have EEG data (uV vs time) traces for an array of platinum electrodes placed on the surface of ...
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Is ohm's law violated in electric transmission lines?

Electricity is generated at a very high voltage say, 11,000 V... Does that voltage refer to the potential difference across the transmission line or does it refer to the electric potential at the ...
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Can a current source provide Voltage to a resistor?

We know that the tension between a perfect current source is 0 We have Va-Vb= 0 but we also have by ohm's law Va-Vb=RI=5V so 5 = 0?
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trying to understand the electricl potential and potential energy

I am trying to understand some facts on electrical potential and potential energy. It is quite confusing in the text to say that the zero potential could be freely chosen for convenience. In that ...
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Parallel plate capacitor

How does a parallel plate capacitor emit a constant electric field between its plates? Isn't the electric field governed by an inverse square law? Then what would happen if I put a charged particle ...
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Mechanism of Current flow in Metals [duplicate]

I do not fully understand the mechanism of current flow in conductors. It cannot be that a current starts only when an electron from one terminal of the electric supply physically reaches the other ...
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Does magnitude of a charge influence magnitude of force that individual charge exerts on another charge [closed]

two point charges, q1 and q2, are placed 0.3m apart on the x-axis, as shown in the figure above. Charge q1 has a value of -3 nano Coulomb and q2 has a value of +4.8 x10^-8 C. The net electric field ...
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Speed of a charge in a magnetic field

Does speed of a charged particle change in a non-uniform magnetic field? I know that a uniform magnetic field cannot change the $KE$ of the particle, i.e. $\frac{1}{2}mv^{2}$ is constant. And we ...
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Potential Differences (Voltage) from Point Charges [closed]

Identical +1.8 micro Colomb charges are fixed to adjacent corners of a square. What charge (magnitude and algebraic sign) should be fixed to one of the empty corners, so that the total electric ...
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Will charges redistribute on the surface of an insulator?

When I shot an electron beam onto an insulator, electrons will be knocked out of the material, leaving an immobile positive charge at their place. Some of the knocked out electrons might manage to ...