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

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Electric warning signs question

I've always wandered why do the warning signs show the voltage, not the current. I mean, it's the current that kills you.
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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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What is the positive charge in a capacitor made of?

A capacitor is a pair of conductors separated by an insulator. When it gets charged we have negative charges in one of the plates and positive charges in the other. Negative charges are electrons but ...
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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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electron-gas theory of a metal (drude model) - intuition

I'm back to studying "Microelectronics" by Millman & Grabel (2nd ed.). The book makes some references to the electron-gas theory, and I found out to have some problems with my intuition. At each ...
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If we connect a long wire to a battery, will battery produce more electrons?

I actually have three related questions: An open circuit chemical cell separates charges creating a surplus of electrons on its negative terminus and a shortage of electrons on its positive terminus. ...
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Why two connected 1.5 volt battery become 3 volt

Why two connected 1.5 volt battery become 3 volt? If one battery plus side is connect to minus side of another battery, there should be a current flow between them until no free charge move anymore, ...
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Can magnetic flux be negative

I am studying magnetic flux linkage in an ac generator and it appears to be that magnetic flux linkage is negative half the time, how can this be?? Also with lenz's law why is emf defined as negative ...
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If air cannot conduct electricity, how can lightning happen?

If air cannot conduct electricity, how can lightning happen?
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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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Flow of water and flow of electrons, how this analogy works?

If flow of electrons analogy can be imagined as flow of water, how to imagine electricity, that comes in this whole picture? When plug from bottom of sink is taken out, gravity pulls water molecules, ...
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Is it possible to generate electricity using a water tower?

Is it possible to build a water tower that will provide enough pressure to run an electricity generator? A water pump can be used to send water up to the tower. The water pump can be powered by solar ...
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What's causing the effect of salt in voltage arcs?

I just came across this video demonstrating that salt increases length of voltage arcs. There is no explanation which leaves me quite confused. Does the salt decompose during the process?
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AC Resonances - Reduction In power

I am having trouble understanding the following; Because the Q value is based on the bandwidth at the 3dB points in the frequency transfer function, we need to find a way to measure these. In our ...
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Combination of cells

There are m*n identical cells of emf E and internal resistance r connected in parallel rows. This combination of cells is connected across an external resistance R. For what arrangement of the ...
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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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What physics considerations direct the charging of cars with wireless?

Is there any frequency at which cars can be charged with using wireless? Surely, wireless transmission can be safely assumed to be a form of energy transfer, and there can be charging of cars without ...
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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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What happens to a fully charged battery, when you continue to charge it?

If I leave my cell-phone charging the whole night, it will be fully charged after a while. What happens with the battery and the excess energy I add? Also, I noticed my charger emitting a different ...
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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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What is the difference between electric potential, potential difference (PD), voltage and electromotive force (EMF)?

This is a confused part ever since I started learning electricity. What is the difference between electric potential, potential difference (PD), voltage and electromotive force (EMF)? All of them have ...
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If we connect a block of p-type semiconductor only to a positive terminal, will it become positively charged?

Connect the positive terminal of a battery to a piece of p-doped semiconductor, say, silicon doped with boron. Will the terminal pull electrons out of the doped silicon, or equivalently, inject holes ...
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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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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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What is the real derivation of Ohm's law? [closed]

$I$ is proportional to $V$. But then how it is that I directly got $V=IR$? It looks impossible to handle this thing! If $I$ is proportional to $V$, then it must be $I=RV$. Why it is $V=IR$? The ...
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Why does the current stay the same in a circuit?

I was informed that in a circuit, the current will stay the same, and this is why the lightbulbs will light up (because in order for the current to stay the same, the drift speed of the electrons need ...
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Why is the voltage drop across an ideal wire zero?

I'm having trouble conceptualizing why the voltage drop between two points of an ideal wire (i.e. no resistance) is $0~V$. Using Ohm's Law, the equation is such: $$ V = IR \\ V = I(0~\Omega) \\ V = ...
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Why do power lines buzz?

When near high tension power lines, particularly after a good rain, the lines themselves emit a buzzing noise. A similar noise can be heard coming out of the electric meters attached to my apartment. ...
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Do glass beads show any piezoelectric property?

Do glass beads show any piezoelectric property? Since glass beads is mostly made out of SiO2 which is piezoelectric, will it show any piezoelectric property. Thanks. If anything wrong with my ...
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Why is stainless steel a poor conductor of electricity?

I recently had a metal plate put in my shoulder and was wondering why stainless steel isn't a good conductor (At least I hope it isn't). Does the alloy just lack free electrons? Why is that?
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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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Electricity consumption in fan

Does regulation in a fan vary in Electricity consumption? i.e. I want to know exactly, is the energy consumption more when regulator is tuned to highest number or lowest number?
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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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Why is emf equal to PD when circuit is “open”?

I understand that the set up of a battery consists of very good, but not ideal conductor, and therefore, some internal resistance exists. Also, I get that emf is the PD that would exist if the ...
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How can I calculate the Teslas and resistance of an electromagnet?

I'm trying to build a small electromagnet to use in a generator. Right now, I have a coil of insulated 16 AWG copper wire wrapped around a large iron nail with a diameter of 1.5cm. The length of the ...
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What trioboelectric materials create the best charge?

With developing the maximum triboelectric charge in mind: What roller and belt material combinations can I easily/cheaply buy at the local hardware store to make a Van Der Graaf generator? I've ...
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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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Circuit breaker Trips during thunderstorm

The circuit breaker at the electrical mains trips at home when there is a thunderstorm outside. Why does this occur?
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Does an electron move in a conductor?

The definition of current is flow of electric charge. But recently I have heard that the electrons cannot move, that they just transmit energy to the other electrons and so on.
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Why is there no charge in a capacitor connected to one battery pole? [duplicate]

Here is a very simple drawing of a battery pole and a capacitor plate connected by a wire (exaggerated in thickness). The question is, why is the capacitor not being charged? But as you will see ...
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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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End current without touching wire

Say I am sending a pulse down a five foot wire. If I want the pulse to not reach the end of the wire, but instead reflect at say the two foot mark, how could I achieve this without physically ...
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Meaning of potential in a discharging capacitor

I am dealing with this thing I cannot figure out. When a capacitor is discharging, the electric field inside it varies with time so we cannot perform the line integral to determine the potential ...
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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 I materialize electricity making my own lighting?

Where does electricity come from? It comes from very little charged particles inside every atom of materials. Electricity occurs when these little pieces move from one atom to another inside the ...
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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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Why is static electricity called static?

They called it "static" because it doesn’t go anywhere. To create static electricity, you have to rub two different materials. At the moment you rub them, the electrons already moved. So how come ...
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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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Does turning a light off save electricity in a room heated by an electric space heater?

Suppose I've got a basement that kept heated to 20 degrees Celsius using an electric space heater with thermostat. There are no windows in this basement (light is not escaping the room in any ...