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

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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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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 ...
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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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Why does the primary coil get very warm with DC supply but not with ac supply?

It's about an investigation carried out on the transformer effect . The primary coil of 20 turns and the secondary coil of 50 turns is wound around a laminated iron core.
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Why does electromagnetic induction creates both voltage and current but static electricity only creates voltage and no current?

Why is it that electrons do not move the same way in triboelectric as in magnetic induction when both creates voltage? Triboelectricity can even create tens of thousands of volts like Van De Graf ...
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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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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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Would an ordinary or fluorescent lightbulb generate electricity when exposed to light?

I was wondering whether the physic laws or the nature in which lightbulbs are constructed would allow for lightbulb to generate electricity when subjected to strong (intensive and concentrated) light.....
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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 $E=\frac{...
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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 $...