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

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Electric field produced by a charged ring

I have a question I couldn't find an answer for anywhere. There is a ring of radius $R$ which is charged uniformly with linear density $\lambda$, and I have to find the electric field on any point of ...
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What is drift velocity? And how to find the equation for it? [closed]

What is drift velocity? And why in some books it is expressed as drift speed and not drift velocity?Are these different ? Does it mean that the electron will have extra velocity opposite to the ...
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Current Electricity and E.M.F of a cell

The E.M.F of a cell is the work done in moving a unit positive charge in a loop or from the terminal to the same terminal. The force it experiences is a conservative force. Therefore, the work-done in ...
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(Why) would unmaintained water heater use more electrical energy?

I'm specifically thinking about lime/sedimentation at the bottom of water heater, and calcification of heating elements (and not possible thermal insulation deterioration). It is very often claimed ...
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Explain the microscopic nature of Electric current?

Explain the microscopic nature of Electric current?i.e What is is average current and Instantaneous current? A microscopic view what really happens?
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Finding the induced EMF on a bar - Faraday's law

I have a couple of questions about the following problem: A conducting bar of length L moves with velocity v, in a rectangular region with a uniform and stationary magnetic field B_1. Near the bar, ...
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What determines how much electrical charge an object can hold?

What determines how much electrical charge an object can hold? Does increase voltage force more electrical charge to be store in an object (Van de Graaff generator), since electric field increase as ...
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Different formulas for calculating power [duplicate]

$P=IV$, $P=I^2R$, $P=\frac{V^2}{R}$, what are the distinctions between these equations? How do you know which equation to use when?
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Understanding Counter - EMF?

When an coil rotor is moving around a magnetic field there is -V induced to resist the input V. Let's take an example, a 12 V DC motor induces -10V, and the actual running voltage is 2V. If there ...
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Electric Power $P$

In my textbook there are 2 formulas for electric power: $$\begin{array}{cccr} P &=& E/t &\hspace{10pt} (1) \\ P &=& VI. &\hspace{10pt} (2) \end{array}$$ What is the ...
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'ting' 'ting' sound from a tube-light?

Whenever I light up a tube-light it makes 'ting' 'ting' sound every-time it blinks. I am talking about this tube-light Why is it so? I think its because of sparking(inside glass tube) ...
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Ampere's Law and Wires?

For a current carrying wire, the magnetic field $B$ is given by: $$B = \frac{u_oI}{2\pi r}$$ Is this only valid for a cylindrical wire?
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What happens to gas molecules after Ionization?

I know that gas molecules conduct electricity after they get ionized but what will happen if we keep increasing the voltage even after ionization? Will it explode? If it will then how much energy ...
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Conversion of Moving coil galvanometer to ammeter

A galvanometer can be converted into an ammeter by connecting a low resistance (called shunt resistance) in parallel to the galvanometer. Firstly, why do we need to connect the resistance? If a ...
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Computing power based on weighted averages [closed]

I'm struggling to understand the reason why I'm getting different results with two apparently similar ways to compute the power consumption (over multiple time intervals) of an electrical circuit. ...
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Can walking provide electrical energy?

This is more of a theoretical question, but is it possible to convert the energy you use to walk into electrical energy to say, power a light bulb?
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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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How to get a function for the voltage across a capacitor connected to an AC voltage source? [closed]

I am looking for the way of obtaining a solution for $V_{c}$ ,as a function of $t$ depending of $\omega$, of the following differential equation related to an electrical circuit involving a low-pass ...
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How do capacitors work?

Say you have a battery, with a wire connecting the negative and positive terminal. Initially, (the transient state) the electric field is not uniform and is perpendicular to the surface of the cross ...
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Temperature and resistance?

Why does resistivity increase with temperature? The explanations I have heard so far are that increasing temperature increases vibrations in the lattice structure resulting in the number of ...
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Electric shock from a frayed wire

Let's say it's a laptop charger not connected to a laptop, and it is frayed near the tip. I am guessing about 20Volts runs through that area. Now if a person touches a bit of plastic below the frayed ...
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Unlimited Energy [closed]

My mother recently found a video about "free energy" (something about flying electrons which you can "catch") and was totally fascinated about it. She found that 2 Brazilians invented a machine that ...
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Electric field in wire's cross section?

 $\Delta V_{ABCDA} = - \int_A^A \vec{E} \dot{}d\vec{l}$ The requirement that the round-trip potential difference be zero means that $E_1$ and $E_2$ have to be equal. Therefore the electric ...
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The effect of high frequency AC current in a fresh corpse [closed]

Given two AC currents of the same intensity, eg 20 mA, but different frequency, 60 Hz and 20MHz, which one would be more likely to reach the heart ? I've read about the skin effect and how current ...
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Electric motors and change in flux

"When a current passes through an electric motor, the magnetic force on the motor causes a torque on the loop of wire causing it to turn". However, when the loop rotates, there should also be a ...
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Sign of Work and potential energy in electrostatics

Conceptual question: Suppose we have a configuration of point charges. If the potential of the energy of the system is negative, this means work is positive. I'm kind of rusty with my mechanics, ...
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Why Transmission of electrical energy without wires was not practical even after Tesla's proposal

Why we couldn't transmit Electricity wirelessly even after so many proposals available proposed by Tesla ? Tesla tried to generate more interest in Wardenclyffe by revealing its ability to ...
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Why does this automatic night light advertise money savings? [closed]

I just bought a night light to light the hallway since it receives no outside light. The one I bought advertises that it saves money because it turns on only during the night or (dark hours). I did ...
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The workings of the Hall effect?

I want to ask about the workings of the Hall effect. Why do the electrons come to rest on the edge of the wire? The magnetic field pushes them up, and the electric field pushes them forward. Shouldn't ...
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Surface charge in a wire?

The image above shows the distribution of the surface charge in a current carrying wire. The surface charges distributes themselves to make sure the field inside the wire is always perpendicular to ...
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Electric field in a wire?

The electric field in a wire is parallel to the wire's surface (it is always pointing "to the front"). If the electric field did not point in this direction, surface charges would build up and ...
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Superposition theorem

Is superposition theorem applicable for circuits having semiconductor components like diodes, transistors, etc.?
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Is it possible to use induction ampermeter to measure power consumption of electric water heater and dryer?

I hope this practical question is not OT and not too trivial for this forum. I am renting an apartment in a duplex with a shared water heater and dryer. Turns out, both water heater and the dryer are ...
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Why do some (older) wind generators have more than three blades?

Based on my personal observations, newer windmills seem to have three blades while older ones tend to have four or even more. This question has excellent discussion on my three is an optimal number. ...
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Why do batteries work?

Consider diagram A. In diagram A a car is at the top of a cliff. Gravity is pulling it down, but it does't move since its on a flat surface. Even though it would be at a lower potential at point B, ...
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Voltage in a circuit?

The voltage of the battery signifies the difference in voltage between the positive and negative terminal What does this mean? The definition of voltage difference I'm familiar with is the ...
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Is heat energy from electronics wasted in the winter? [duplicate]

In the winter, are not all electronics heating the house - thus no energy is wasted? Considering the energy I'm paying for: If I leave my computer running while I'm out, how much energy is actually ...
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Why does a faraday cage protect you from high currents?

In an electrostatic case it is clear that that in a space enclosed with a conductor (without charge in it) the electric field is zero. This is often demonstrated in physics shows like on the ...
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How do test lights (mains tester) work?

I was wondering how one-contact test lights work. Obviously there is a small current running from an energized pole through the human body somewhere that is still large enough to produce a visible ...
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Does all electrical insulator can be electrostatically charged?

Does all electrical insulator can be electrostatically charged, or insulator with only dielectric property can? Thank you.
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How do I combine three resistors which are in parallel with each other?

For this circuit (a and b are connected by a battery), Will I be able to find the total resistance of the circuit by adding resistors that are in series and combining resistors that are in ...
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Vortex shedding

So I was reading about vortex shedding, and got to know that it causes the building to resonate. Is there any way to use this resonance to generate electricity (maybe use quartz?) I am trying to make ...
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Electromagnetic Waves

We all know that light is an electro magnetic wave. but is electricity a EM wave? If it is then why light does not requires a medium to travel and why on the other side electricity needs a conductor ( ...
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Why does a fluorescent tube-lamp flicker before lighting up?

If you turn on a fluorescent tube-lamp, it flickers before lighting up. If you then turn it off and turn it back on after 2 seconds, this time it doesn't flicker but lights up straight away. If you ...
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Solving circuits using kirchhoff's laws and elimination method ( not any matrix method) [closed]

I need to solve this problem as part of my review in college physics. The task is to find the value of 5 branch currents using Kirchhoff's laws and elimination method (or maybe called elimination by ...
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Some basic questions related to electricity [closed]

Note These questions may be incorrect. 1) Why do positive charges flow from high potential to lower, but the electrons do not? Am I wrong? 2) Does battery supply charge to a conductor? I read it ...
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What mechanisms require the use of different polarities in DC welding?

In gas metal arc welding, an electric arc forms between the work piece and a consumable wire, heating the work piece and also melting the tip of this consumable wire, which is continually fed into the ...
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How dangerous is a parallel plate capacitor which is used in physics demo experiments?

How dangerous may it be when experimenting with a parallel plate capacitor typically used in physics demonstration experiments? Take for example this one (that's what I use): ...
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Using a lemon's energy [closed]

Some simple exercises i need some confirmations on. Let's say a lemon has U = 1V and an average current of 0.1mA for about an hour. Q1. How much lemons do you need to light a 100W bulb. Is the ...
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Can I feel (the results of) electromagnetic induction from overhead rail lines in the human body?

A few weeks back, I was standing at a Hornsey rail station (in the UK) which uses overhead lines, and particularly has a number of parallel rail lines, all close to the platform. While I was standing ...