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

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What is the amount of charge density in a metal wire for the electron's which are involved in current flow?

According to the question Why is charge = nALe n is the charge density (number of electrons per unit volume). Which of the electrons in a metal wire are involved in current flow? Only the unbounded to ...
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Current and Resistance-Effects of the Length of the Wire

Two wires of the same material are both connected to a 9-V ideal battery. They have the same cross section area but wire 2 is twice longer than wire 1. Compare the following quantities by answering ...
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Experiment: releasing the copper bar above a permanent magnet

A classic experiment shows that when we drop a magnet through a copper coil long tube, there is eddy current induced in the coil. Then, due to lenz law, the motion of the magnet will be opposed and it ...
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Why can insulators be charged by friction but not by conduction?

When you charge an insulator by friction, the close contact of two electron clouds (each from a different medium) allows for electrons to be transferred between them. Yet why can the same not be ...
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Why does an electron lose all of its energy in a resistor?

Why does the electron uses nearly all of its energy for one resistor in a simple circuit made of a battery, wire, and resistor? I really need to know what happens exactly at the atomic level in the ...
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How exactly does a bulb light up?

A typical value for the electron drift velocity in a copper wire is $10^3\ \mathrm{m\ s^{-1}}$. In the circuit below, the length of the copper wire joining the negative terminal of the batter to ...
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Lightning sprites

Lightning usually occurs due to an electrostatic discharge between an electrically-charged cloud and the Earth's surface, or between clouds. There are also sprites, electrical discharges that occur ...
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What is electric energy since electrons are not consumed?

I am interested in electronics as a hobby, so I have been reading up on the physics of electricity. I understand that difference in charge on battery terminals causes electrons to flow naturally ...
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Do electric and magnetic lines of force physically exist?

As per my imagination any thing can't impose force on the other by not giving even a touch(i,e action at a distance). So I thought there must be some physical existence of lines of force. Although ...
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Calculating torque needed to climb a graded hill [closed]

this is my first post but I'll try to give my best understanding of the problem. I've been designing an electric skateboard which is driven by only one of the rear wheels (for the moment). As I was ...
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Why is current shared in a parallel circuit but not a series circuit?

Electricity test coming up. It's not clear to me why current is shared in a parallel circuit but not a series circuit.
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Can a floor made of copper pennies produce a static electric shock?

A friend is going to install thousands of pennies in a mosaic layout to be used as flooring in his home. Can this floor produce a static electric shock when walking on it? Is it possible to ...
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Relativistic drift velocity of electrons in a superconductor?

Is there a formula for the effective speed of electron currents inside superconductors? The formula for normal conductors is: $$ V = \frac{I}{nAq}$$ I wonder if there are any changes to this ...
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Can electricity flow through vacuum?

People say yes, and give a wonderful example of vacuum tubes, CRTs. But can we really say that vacuum (..as in space) is a good conductor of electricity in a very basic sense?
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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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How can we know that a particular charge is positive or negative?

Suppose I am provided with a positive is charged....and someone tells me to find which type of charge is present in it? Then how can we detect that the body is positively or negatively charged? Is ...
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Why is there an electric field in a wire even though it is a conductor?

If you take a perfect conductor, there cannot be a field across it since if there were, the particles would arrange themselves in a way to cancel out the field right? Yet, why does the same not hold ...
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Why Change Of Magnetic Flux Induces Current In circuit?

Why change of magnetic flux with the time through a coil induces current in it? Please tell me that what happen to charge in the coil if the magnet or electromagnet wave around this? Also, why a ...
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Will spinning DC motor in space generate infinite energy?

If I take a DC motor far in space and spin it, will it continue to spin forever and generate infinite electrical energy? If so, then won't it violate law of conservation of energy?
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Is the electric field in the wires of the parallel circuit always the same and how that affects current?

When we connect two resistors connected in parallel with a battery, it creates an electric field through this wire. well, my question here: Is the electric field in the main wire is the same as the ...
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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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Is there mechanical strain on a wire along the direction of current flow?

The (attractive) magnetic force on two parallel wires can be seen by the two wires bending towards each other. This can be explained by the Lorentz force acting on the charges and the charges ...
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How does an electric field come inside a conducting wire inside the circuit? [duplicate]

This has been a really great confusion for me now .... Many places I have read in books that when a potential difference is applied across the ends of a wire a constant electric field is generated ...
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Why current of a battery drops continuously in high currents?

I have asked this question on EE SE but could not get a satisfactory enough answer. I have shorted an AA battery through an ammeter. Inititially, the current reading on ammeter was around 0.9 amperes ...
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electricity and magnetism [duplicate]

A charge Q is distributed uniformly on the surface of a spherical conducting shell of radius 5 cm.The magnitude of electric field on the surface is 106 V/m. What is the magnitude of electric field20 ...
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Corona discharge leading to hexagonal structure

Hexagons appear many times in nature, and I'd like to know why they appear in this situation too. Somebody has already been kind enough to help me figure out why this phenomenon occurs - it is due to ...
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Charge of an electric wire

If an electric current is flowing through an electric wire, can we consider that wire charged? The answer is required with a proof. Can we consider the wire to be charged positively or negatively?
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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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What is Electric-flux?

I've searched the question in the forum, and found the following conclusion : - "In electromagnetism, electric flux is the rate of flow of the electric field through a given area. Electric flux is ...
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What would be the capacitance of an unequal charged capacitor?

I searched for this question but I cannot get satisfactory answer. Say if we have a parallel plate or cylindrical capacitor and if I supply unequal charge to it how could I find its Capacitance. We ...
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The potentiality of the electric field

Could you please explain using just words why electric the field is potentially? I know the proof using integral: $$A = \int_{12}q\vec{E}\cdot{d}\vec{r} = qQ\int_{12}\frac{\vec{r}\cdot{d}\vec{r}}{r^3} ...
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How does electric potential relate to charge density in a wire?

Lets say we are talking about a wire with resistance connected to a battery. How is the charge density, taking into account bound and free charges, at two points connected to the electric potential ...
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Why current loses its energy?

Can someone explain or give a link to explanation why current looses its energy? For example in simple circuit with lamp. I understand that the energy is spent for heating and lighting. But how ...
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Why is electric flux zero if my point charge is outside of a sphere? [duplicate]

I am currently studying Gauss Law and Electric flux , during one of my exercises they ask me to find the electric flux of a sphere with radius 5 cm and my point charge is 10 cm to the left of the ...
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Simulate Band Bending and Band Alignment in Semiconductors

Are there softwares (simple ones preferred) where we can simulate the band alignments and band bending of a p-n junction, where we can vary properties of the junction materials such as carrier ...
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comparison between current and voltage sensitivity

Current sensitivity of galvanometer is defined as deflection per unit current. $$\frac{\phi}{I}=\frac{NAB}{k}$$ Here, $\phi$ is the angular deflection,k is the torsional constant of the spring,NAB is ...
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Why not run a cable from the north pole to the south pole to access its energy (magnetic or electrical)

Would a cable tied to the North Pole around the curve of earth downwards to the South Pole give us access to a HUGE AMOUNT of energy (magnetic or electrical) by linking into it.
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Electric power for current density

The electric power produced by a current $I\in\mathbb{R}^+$ and a voltage $V\in\mathbb{R}^+$ is $$ P = IV. $$ Now the current is given as an (alternating) current density ...
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Flow of electrons in an open circuit

In a closed circuit, electrons flow from negative electrode to positive electrode. In an open circuit, electrons only flow up to the end of the circuit. Why don't the electrons keep flowing into the ...
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Can an electric current's magnetic field be represented by a magnet/magnets?

Is it possible to recreate the exact same magnetic field that electric currents have with a magnet and if it is, how?
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Can the lightning be captured and used as power source?

I would like to update my knowledge in this area, that is really out-of-dated and stopped somewhere like ten years ago. I asked the very same question on my physics lecture at my studies and got the ...
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Conductive Rod in a Magnetic Field [closed]

I have a question about induction. Imagine a conductive object being moved in a magnetic field. What forces will it experience and how does the induced current in the object affect the motion, will ...
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Retardation on a Conducting Object in a Magnetic Field [closed]

I cannot solve this question and I need help to understand the physics. The picture below says it all. What is the retardation (negative acceleration) on the conducting object with a mass of 2.5 kg's ...
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Why do electric pickles only glow at one end?

The electric pickle is often used as an example of a non-ohmic resistor. In the experiment, electric current excites the sodium ions inside pickle, producing very bright and intense light effect. What ...
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Three phase permanent magnet generator question

For my three phase permanent magnet generator, my coil plate is going to remain stationary to avoid having to use a commutator. Instead my magnetic plate will rotate. If instead of having just one ...
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How are superconducting magnets powered?

Since the resistance of a superconducting circuit is exactly 0, it would try to draw infinite current from a power source, since P=I^2*R. For a finite power source, I-> infinity as R->0. Correct? ...
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Attracting lightning with an ion beam

Can an ion beam be strong enough to create a path for lightning to travel to the ion machine? This is what I found in a lab that may help: An ionization factor jτi (the product of electron beam ...
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When mutual inductance is occurring between two coils, is self inductance always occurring in each individual coil?

When a coil connected to an AC generator creates an EMF in another nearby coil (mutual inductance), is self inductance simultaneously occurring in both coils?
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Can lightning be used to solve NP-complete problems?

I'm a MS/BS computer science guy who is wondering about why lightning can't (or can?) be used to solve NP complete problems efficiently, but I don't understand the physics behind lightning, so I'm ...
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Why does grounding yourself prevent feeling a static shock?

Sometimes I get static electric shocks when I touch certain metallic objects. However, I seem to be able to prevent this by grounding myself by first touching that object with a small piece of metal, ...