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

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Conductors and electric fields

I was given this problem: The maximum intensity of an electric field that can exist near the surface of a conductor in vacuum such that no field electron emission is produced is around $10^8$ V/m. ...
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Multimeter reading between wire & air

Why does a multimeter show 10-20 V(AC) when I connect one of its cables to the hot wire of a 220 V(AC) plug while the other cable is in the air? Also why does this not happen with a 5 V battery? (It ...
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where does electricity come from in piezoelectric?

I have some questions here. BaTiO3 is a material which exhibit piezoelectric effect when we give external pressure on it. It contain Ba2+, Ti4+, and O2- ion in its crystal unit. The Ti4+ ion will move ...
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Conductor held at constant potential

What does it mean for a conductor to be held at constant electric potential? So if my reference point is infinity, and I integrate inwards over the electric field to any point on the conductor, I will ...
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Finding the torque on a dipole affected by electric field

A $H_2$ molecule with charges $\pm p$ separated by $d=10^{-10}$m and masses $1.66\times 10^{-27}$kg is put into an electric field with uniform strength $E$, making an angle $\theta$ with this field. ...
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Why does my shirt make a crackling noise when it is static?

I thought that when clothing becomes "static" (used as a colloquial adjective for that state when clothing fresh out of the drier sticks to everything) it's because of a build up of electrons. That's ...
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How two electric charges know about each other? [duplicate]

Suppose we have two electric charges $q_1$ and $q_2$ a distance $r$ apart in euclidean three-space. Coulomb's force law states that there's a force $$\mathbf{F}_{12} = \dfrac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} ...
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Potential difference between Earth's surface and 2 meters above

Assuming Earth is a charged sphere of radius $R = 6400\times10^3$ m with uniform surface charge density $\sigma = -10^{-9}$ C/m2 and with $\epsilon_0 = 8.85\times10^{-12}$ F/m I find that ...
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Wireless energy flow through earths magnetic field

Seeing that technologies such as that developed by WItricity are based on magnetic fields, is it possible to transfer electricity that way through earths magnetic field?
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Show that the current in a cylindrical conductor is uniformly distributed across it's cross section

Using relevant equations for E and J, show that the current in a steady current I in a cylindrical conductor with uniform conductivity $\sigma$ is uniformly distributed across its cross-section. I ...
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Long life energy usage

Im doing a project on school. I want to re-use energy. I know that it will not run forever (but i hope it runs very long). So i wanted to ask if the image below is right and i could use it at school. ...
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Biological Signal Extraction Methods

EEG / MEG Back in 1929 Hans Berger recorded the first electrical potential variations in the brain from the scalp. Great advances have been made in this science since discover, with many scientists ...
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Electric field 0 everywhere inside Gaussian surface

Gauss's Law shows that the electric field everywhere inside a spherical shell of uniform charge density is $0$. Suppose we have a surface which divides space into two disjoint regions (an interior and ...
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How does the solar cell work?

As of i know that a solar cell consists of a transistor(NP) .First step it creates a barrier between the n type and the p type junction.Then following that the sunlight i.e,(the photons) supply ...
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Repulsion of electric charges

If a take a vacuum tube and put electrons in it and put a negative ion strip or something like that outside the tube will the electrons inside the tube start moving due to the repulsion of charges of ...
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Electricity is the movement of electrons or ions?

Electricity is the movement of electrons from one atom to another or the movement of charged negative particles (ions)?
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Understanding the relationship between electric energy and force

I'm trying to do the following problem: One of the three types of radioactive decay is "β decay", during which protons decay into neutrons or vice­versa, emitting either electrons (β­) or positrons ...
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Why can't I connection the anode of a battery to the cathode of an other battery and get a current flowing?

If I touch the anode of a battery or connect the anode the the cathode of an other battery, none (or rather: a very small current) flows between those two. If I instead connect the connect the anode ...
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Derivation of Faraday's law using Lorentz force?

For a stationary loop of wire with a time varying magnetic field $\vec{B}(t)$ through it. Is it possible to derive Faraday's law, using only the Lorentz force $$\vec{F}=q \vec v\times \vec B \tag ...
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current passing in primary circuit of transformer

When the secondary circuit is open ,why does the self induction found in primary coil would resist the flow of current in it? whereas in the small examples that I have taken in my studies from coils ...
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Non-linearity of energy conversion efficiency

I have a very general question to all of you. I am wondering if there is any basic physics principle that would state that energy conversion efficiency will be always non-linear (for the practical ...
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Which of the following has higher resistance - milliammeter or ammeter?

The question is the same as the heading - Which of the following has higher resistance - milliammeter or ammeter ? Now my teacher's and my answers don't match. It is assumed that the spring constant ...
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Static Electricity - Plastic comb, hair and small pieces of paper doesn't work for me?

All I have to do is run the plastic comb through my hair and hover it over small pieces of paper, right? The comb should then be charged and attract the pieces of paper... but that doesn't seem to ...
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Where do the electrons go?

In our house most of the plug-points have 2 holes. I know that one hole is neutral and other one supplies electricity. I can say that when i plug any device and turn the switch on electricity starts ...
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Static electricity experiment

My teacher always asks me to do the experiments on static electricity in winter. I don't know why? What will happen if I conduct the experiment in monsoon?
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What can happen when 2.3*10^28 positrons collide with 2.3*10^28 electrons? [closed]

I'm interested in this question after a writer friend asked me what happens when a human gets bombarded with positrons. Didn't want to post this under scifi because I want more "scientific" answers... ...
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Filament Lamp equation (Current/Voltage)

I'm starting to work with simple circuits (learning how to measure electromagnetic variables). I have been looking up on the internet for a formula or deduction of a formula that relates the current ...
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Can incandescent light bulb can be brighter if fixed power?

I found that luminous efficacy of 60 W tungsten incandescent bulb is 14.5 lm/W. Is this value defined by design details listed above or it depends on something else too? Can we design 60 W tungsten ...
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Why doesn't a levitating superconductor generate usable electricity?

Why doesn't a super cooled superconductor generate usable electricity due to the phenomenon of electromagnetic induction when placed upon a magnet? I basically mean, why can't it create electricity by ...
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Basic Conductor question

I have just taken a physics test in my high school in which one question posed that a positively charged rod is held near two uncharged spheres being held by silk filaments. Sphere 1 is held by a dry ...
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Why are trampolines more likely to give you a static shock when it is sunny?

It could just be in my head but I have noticed that I am more likely to get a static shock from my tramp when it is sunny than when it is not sunny. Is there a reason for this?
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Why is the potential difference across these two capacitors both 9V?

So above are two difference circuits, each with a 9V battery and a capacitor of the same capacitance. $C_1=C_2$ Why is the potential difference across both capacitors 9V? Shouldn't it be less than ...
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Potential difference on a curcuit

Above is a simple circuit. It has a voltage of 9V between the two terminals. I have drawn red lines which look like vectors, indicating how the current will flow. From the above diagram, I have a ...
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How would you define a difference in potential?

I'm currently in 12th grade, and am required to write an essay about physics and biology. The topic of the essay is the artificial brain (with the researches of the Human Brain Project in Switzerland ...
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Why do bowlers rub the ball before bowling in a cricket match

Why do bowlers rub the ball before bowling in a cricket match? What is the science behind it? Is it because of friction?
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Wait… why exactly does farady's ice pail experiment prove Gauss's law?

You'll notice there are no equations in this: that's because this is a question of morale, not of math. But a humble one at that! I come to learn, not to expound. But don't let that limit the form ...
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Is a CRT / Electron gun in need to be in a closed loop?

I'm trying to understand electricity and there for electrons. And so far i believe i am grasping it. But there are a few parts i have a hard time understanding. For example in as i understand it, in ...
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My electrophorus doesn't work

I have failed in generating charge using electrophorus. The charging material was a balloon rubbed with hair until it became very full of static, as well as a small piece of Styrofoam rubbed with the ...
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Electrical network of current sources - What happens if one source is defect?

Suppose you have connected in a parallel circuit a pair of, say for the sake of concretness 5 sources of 300 mA and 0,5 V each, which are themselves connected together in series. Hence, in total one ...
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A question about induced fields

This is something that I just realized bothers me, after thinking about it too much. Faradays law tells us a changing magnetic field creates a circulating electric field. This electric field has a ...
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What proved Conventional sense wrong?

What fact proved for the first time that the conventional sense of current was wrong? And when it did happen? As a corollary of this question, why do we say that electrons have negative charge? Is it ...
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Is there a formal proof for the superposition theorem?

I was just wondering whether there is a formal prove for the superposition theorem in electric circuits? I tried searching it online but couldn't find anything sufficient. Most of the sources assume ...
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What causes a larger (longer) electrical arc when using a tesla coil

So, I really don't know much about this subject, if any at all, but I'd like to do a project on it. I've done some testing with my tesla coil and there appears to be a trend such that a larger ...
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Help me understand static electricity

This is what I understand about electricity: (The following information is paraphrased from the book CODE by Charles Petzold.) Atoms are made up of protons, electrons and neutrons. Protons and ...
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Are centrifugal fans subject to triboelectric effects, and if so can the increase in charge be predicted and measured?

A centrifugal blower is a device that moves gas, usually under power of an electric motor. The blower housing and impeller may be metallic, but often are made of plastic materials. My question is ...
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How do I set up the Biot-Savart equation for the magnetic field inside a circular loop of current

The way I have derived the magnetic field for inside the current loop of radius $R$ is very different from how I have seen it online. Generally they take the equation for the magnetic field at a point ...
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How does current flow in the circuit during negative cycle of input?

So,as far as I know the input signal just controls the current from +Vcc as per this analogy But in the first picture during the negative half cycle of the input waveform the output wave form is ...
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Why can't mutual inductance create perpetual electricity?

Consider the following image. When the battery is connected then current starts flowing through the primary cicuit and magnetic flux changes through the coil, this causes electricity to be induced ...
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What material can achieve the highest temperature before failing when being heated by electricity?

Just as a qualifier, I barely made it through physical science in college, so... Please be detailed in your answers and assume I know nothing. Let's say I wanted to make an electrical coil for the ...
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Temperatures reached in arc flashes

Good morning, I have a question regarding the arc flashes. Some papers mention that temperatures of nearly 20000 K can be reached during an arc flash. Could anyone explain how to come up with those ...