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

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How does the movement of electrons produce radio waves?

I'm mostly wondering about radio frequencies. I understand that voltage is the movement of electrons, and that the antenna acts as a light bulb, emitting at radio frequencies, following the reverse ...
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Formula for Electrical Arc Length

I was playing with some High-Voltage the other day, when a question popped into my head. Can you calculate length of an electrical arc? It probably would be proportional to :- 1. Voltage of the source ...
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Electricity supplication [closed]

Is their any reason I can search up as to why electricity is generally harder to inaugurate in regions of vast inhabitability?
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Does the skin effect and the proximity effect cancel each other out?

I'm interested in how the Skin Effect and the Proximity Effect interact with each other. From what I can understand: The Skin Effect is when AC current 'collects' on the skin of conductors due to ...
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If light is an electric and (magnetic field), how can it be absorbed?

I was wondering how light or any electromagnetic radiation can be "absorbed" if it consists of electric and magnetic fields. For example if there is a charge at point A, and the light reaches point ...
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Why does a Resistor cause a potential drop?

I need to know the underlying physics of what exactly happens different with the electric field in the resistor than in superconducting wires. Why is it that when I connect a resistor, potential ...
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Why does smashing a TV remote load its batteries?

Many times I had the same problem: my TV remote's batteries were too weak for it to operate, but then, when I shook the remote a bit and smashed it on my palm, somehow the remote regained its ability. ...
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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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Basics of Current Electricity

I have certain questions which confuse me a great deal. I want to have a very basic and clear idea about some concepts. Here it goes: 1) I am really confused on how a battery actually works. The very ...
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Why is low resistance beneficial to ion exchange membranes?

http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/jcp/139/11/10.1063/1.4821161 The article states that the graphene filter has a much lower electrical resistance than existing ion exchange membranes, ...
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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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Drude model: A concerning approach to $\tau$ hurts Ohm's Law

Here's the question. Between two points, $a$ and $b$, if an object is accelerated between them, it will cross the distance between them in time $t=\sqrt{2\frac{d}{a}}$. So, if the acceleration is ...
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Repulsion and attraction of electric currents

Now, I understand that when a an electron travels, it creates a magnetic field. If you put two wires with current traveling in the same direction they repel, and current traveling in opposite ...
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Why isn't resistance proportional to distance squared

Here we have a wire. At both ends there is an equal and opposite field caused by a chemical reaction. So, if we decrease or increase the distance between the two points, the strength of the field ...
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The measurement of electricity

I'm a student trying to understand electricity. As I learned from school, electricity is the flow of electrons, but I'm confused about the measurement of electricity. As I learned, voltage is the ...
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Curious about this perpetuum concept

I know it's not possible to build a perpetual motion machine, but I still got this concept running in my mind. If you take a (longer)copper coil, and insert an axis through it(right-angled) with a ...
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Heat loss using alternating current

I am looking for somebody who can explain this to me. As I have read in physics books, the Joule-Lenz Law (Joule effect of heating) is represented by the formula: $$ W = I^2Rt $$ which can be ...
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Is it possible to overload a lightning rod?

A couple of weeks ago we had a big storm roll through the Chicago area. I watched as the city's skyscrapers were struck multiple times by lightning throughout the night and told my coworker about it ...
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Why is the perfect obstructor the perfect conductor as Heaviside 'believed'?

How might one consider a conductor to be an 'obstructor'? Might the strength of the 'skin effect' of a conductor be in direct relation to conductance? And how does this relate to insulators, as ...
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transfer of electricity through electromagnetic waves

Is it possible to transfer electricity from one place to another without the help of physical wires.
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What really is resistance? How does it generate heat?

OK I know that R= V/I. I also know that R = ρl / A But what I want to know is that what really causes resistance? Is resistance equivalent to force? or is it just a constant? Also, what causes ...
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Can we pass electricity through air?

Electricity: I was wondering, whether we can pass electricity through air over a distance of 100 meters or so as electricity means the flow of electrons and we have seen the discharge or movement of ...
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Convert pressure to energy [closed]

I read a little about electricity being created from pressure, Piezoelectricity. I'm still pretty newbie about it though. Let's say I want to charge a battery from that technique, using my hands to ...
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How does AC current flow in an open circuit?

In common house hold wiring we have the hot lead, neutral and ground. If the hot lead in electrical wiring contacts earth ground (perhaps though a short circuit in the chassis of a device) then the ...
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Numeric value of the electrons drift velocity in superconductors

Somebody knows the numeric value of electrons drift velocity in superconductors? How this value depends from the used superconductor material? What's about the current? Since the electrical resistance ...
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Natural electricity in the atmosphere - lightning

If air is such a poor electrical conductor, how can lightning be produced that appears to travel through it?
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Is it possible to generate electric energy from the radiation of radioactive materials

I wonder if it is possible to generate electric energy from the radiation of radioactive materials like nuclear waste? If it is then wouldn't that also mean that it could be used as an energy source ...
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Protect drone from lightning [closed]

I am designing a dirigible, robotic drone. It is basically a polyurethane airship, approx 3.6 m length and 2.1 m diameter. I am worried about lightnings: as far as I know, a Faraday Cage should be ...
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When we get an electrical shock, the ciruit is incomplete but still the current flows, why?

If we touch the live wire and ground at the same time, we will get a shock. But the current goes from live to ground and not to neutral i.e, circuit is open. Then how can we get a shock? This is ...
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Earth connection through resonant inductive coupling with Schumann resonances possible?

I have been playing around with Tesla coils for a while now, but one limiting factor for portability is the fact that it requires an earth connection on the secondary coil. Since a Tesla coil works ...
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Simple Parallel Electric Circuit [closed]

Ammeter (A1) and voltmeter (V) in series have parallel connection to another ammeter (A2). Currents in A1 and A2 are respectively 0.2 and 1.7 amp. Voltmeter's voltage is 6 volts. How should I find ...
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Is watt unit depended on turbine speed

I'm new to electronics. I have a doubt. That is... Is watt unit depended on speed of turbine ? In my mind When turbine rotates fast the power in increase. Is it right ? Please help me. Thanks for ...
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Why is parasitic capacitance in inductor said to be in parallel?

Internal resistance of inductance (or other devices) are said to be in series. But parasitic capacitance is said to be in parallel (in case of an inductor). Why is that so? What determines whether an ...
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Spherical Shaped Electrical Leads for Thermal Conductivity Mitigation?

I am designing a thermionic converter and one of the biggest inefficiencies is the thermal conductivity and limited electrical conductivity of the leads. I'm trying to mitigate the loss of heat ...
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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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How to measure area under the waveform (electric current)?

I have a current waveform from my circuit which goes up and down the x-axis. x-axis represents time and my y axis represents current. How should I calculate total area under the curve? Should I take ...
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How does one find the average relaxation time for a current through a conductor?

For determining the drift velocity of a flow of charge we need to find the average relaxation time for that flow at that specific temperature. My question is, how does one find that? Is there some ...
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Why doesn't current flow when the wire is open?

I realize this may be a hard to answer question but we are currently studying current in our school. One thing that struck me was why the heck doesn't it flow when the wire's closed? When you connect ...
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Are all means of heating equally efficient? [duplicate]

In terms of cost of electricity, does it matter if I heat my room using a space heater, an open oven, a flood light, an ASIC? Assume no energy escapes the room, that the heat quickly becomes uniformly ...
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Calculating electric motor's weight lifting ability knowing power. What else do i need to know?

So, my company works with electric motors, and my boss wanted me to calculate how much weight could be lifted by a motor rated at 750W. I know that i can't just calculate the work done by it without ...
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Non-zero net charge on cosmological scale

It seems very clear, that because atoms and ion compounds are electrically neutral, our world seems to consist of an equal amount of positive and negative charge resulting in a zero net charge. What ...
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How does Passivation in Mercury-arc-valve cause “diode” behavior

Does passivation of lead anodes cause them to become semiconductors? Or even become diodes (eg. a p-n passage)? How does this work on an atomar level? This question has been risen by trying to ...
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How is the direction of Magnetic/Electric Lines of Force Known?

It is shown that the direction of magnetic line is from north to the south and that of the electric line is from positive to negative. How do we/scientists know that the imaginary lines of force or ...
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electric-circuits

Why can't you connect the + of a device to one battery and the - to another battery (and have it work)?
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Electricity voltage & current [closed]

Why does current return to its source?
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Wireless electricity through Wi-Fi power signal?

Could there be a method to obtain and send worldwide electricity through WiFi? I mean if we have internet everywhere and only need a WiFi device, can we apply the same to electricity technology? or ...
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How do I calculate the speed of a temperature change?

I know how to calculate the change of temperature in a copper wire depending on voltage and current, but not how fast the temperature would change.
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Transient Stress and Piezoelectric Generators

From what I can gather, the piezoelectric effect links mechanical stress to the potential difference across a material, with a two-way relationship between the two (motor or generator). I don't know ...
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Power delivered by a plug

Ok so i know that (in the UK) the voltage of a mains supply is 230v. But when we plug a item e.g. a tv in to it what determines how much power is drawn from this supply. I presume it is the current ...