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

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High resistance wire as a heating element

I'm redesigning one of the labs for our senior lab class at my university. It's a thermal conductivity experiment meant to measure aluminum's thermal conductivity in a thin (1.1 cm diameter) rod. I ...
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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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Is there no electric field inside a conductor?

I came across this statement while studying electric currents and I am confused: "There is no electric field inside a conductor. Hence no current can flow through it". Is there a fallacy in this ...
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Is it possible to heat plasma to the point where there is no electrical resistance?

I was discussing Ohm's Law with my teacher and asked about what would happen if the resistance of a circuit was zero, to which he replied that the wire would melt. This got me wondering about ...
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Why can't I series 5 D Cell Batteries to achieve 7.4 volts?

I appreciate this site that is allowing me to get an answer to a phenomena I am witnessing. I'm trying to series 5- D Cell Batteries. However I cannot make it completely through because the middle ...
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Calculating average energy stored in Li-Po battery

I'm currently sourcing Li-Po batteries and need to find an average mAh per cm3 to implement it into my product. From what I read (wikipedia), the energy density of Li-Po ranges from 250 to 730 W.h/L ...
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How to find the voltage?

How to find the voltage ? Given is the following mixed circuit below, every resistor has the value $1$ ohm, the current flow through the last resistor is $1$A and I have to find the voltage V ...
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Stacking batteries and electron flow

About Fuel Cells and Batteries: I understand the analogue with increased water height as two cells (battery or fuel) are connected in series. However if we for instance have two batteries contected in ...
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Electrical conductivity of pool water [closed]

What is the electrical conductivity of pool water? I tried to find some information, unfortunately with no success. I need to know it to make an underwater electronic project. Thanks
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Electron propagation

How can electrons travel in these beams if they repel?
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Is it possible for an inductor to have a voltage across it without any current passing through it?

When we calculate open circuit voltages for a non ideal transformer . We have current I2 in the right side loop =0 hence the current passing through L3 must be zero but as visible there exists an ...
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What are some good online texts for electromagnetism? [duplicate]

I am trying to gain a basic knowledge of electricity and magnetism. The resource being free/cheap is important, because I am still a high school student and don't have much money to spend on books.
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What (electrical) property does $\alpha$ represent with units of $\textrm{K}^{-1}$?

What property does $\alpha$ represent in the following passage? . . . A block (made of material of $ρ_o = 0.5 \, Ω·m$ and $α=0.004\,\textrm{K}^{-1}$) with dimensions ℓ = 8 cm, w = 3 cm, and h = 6 ...
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Does a capacitor ever get fully charged?

The time $t$ taken by a capacitor of capacitance $C$ in a charging circuit with a resistance $R$ in series with it to accumulate charge $q$ is given by the equation $$t = \tau ...
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Do batteries provide electrons

In chemistry, the reaction at negative electrode produces electrons,which flow to the positive electrode through the circuit. But then, if circuit has a conductor, then wouldn't it also release ...
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Induced magnetic field produces electric field and vice versa forever!

So here are the two of Maxwell's laws that I am interested in: So we have the simple circuit (from google): So, before the system goes into steady-state we know that charge slowly accumulates on ...
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Potential in uniform fields

First in a book I found that the electric field strength $\mathrm{E}$ of a uniform electric field from a charged plate is equal to $\frac{q}{2\times \epsilon_0 \times S}$ where $q$ is the charge of ...
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Do solar panels work forever?

Do solar panels generate electricity infinitely? IF YES then how do the electrons in the n-type which go to p-type then how do those electrons restore themselves. I mean in n-type terminal we have the ...
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Equivalent Capacitance [closed]

What is the equivalent capacitance between A and B?
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Induced potential difference paradox

So,i was studying from some lecture notes from MIT's open course program,and i stumbled across this example The example says:The solenoid is so long that its external magnetic field is negligible. ...
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IF I touch anything at 0 volt with my hands and touch earth, will I get shock? Will charges from earth pass through me to 0 volt?

I know we don't get shock when we touch earth because we don't have anything to pass current to. What about when we touch 0 volts?
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Drift velocity in Silicon wafer

I have been asked the following question in a problem sheet: A $100mm$ diameter, $0.5mm$ thick silicon wafer at room temperature has a charge carrier density of $1.5×10^{10} cm^{-3}$. A potential ...
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Induced emf problem

This is not homework question,just a thought experiment about a general question i have about induction. Let's suppose that we have a closed circuit with only two resistors in series.We also have a ...
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Electrostatics and tv screens

My physics textbook states an activity- "Cut out thin strips of paper and lightly iron them. Take them near a TV screen or computer monitor. The strips get attracted to the screen and may cling to the ...
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Electricity in a Lightbulb

This may sound incredibly moronically stupid, but where do the electrons in a lightbulb go when it is switched off?
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What are the reactions that take place inside battery at the quantum level?

I was just studying about how a battery works on the internet and found out that there are reactions of chemicals which make the electrons move. But what exactly happens inside a battery (lets take a ...
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Combination of current sources

Most books say that to connect sources in series, the current sources will be equal in magnitude. I really don't understand the meaning of this statement. What happens if you connect current sources ...
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What does 400kW(e) mean?

I am trying to read a document and it says a power grid is 400kW(e) what does this mean?
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The potential profile of two batteries in series

I would like to know the potential profile in two batteries in series, like the battery in the attached image.
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The Electric Quadrupole

I've read the following sentence: "Every electric circuit with two pairs of accessible terminals is called a quadrupole." I was wondering why does it happen that the multipole expansion gives us a ...
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Force between two finite parallel current carrying wires

Remark: This is not a homework question...It is pure out of theoretical interest. I asked this the mathematics-community a couple days ago and got no answer, so I figured I'd try here. Most standard ...
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Electric Dipole force exerted by a charged wire on a dipole

Why is force exerted by a charged wire on a dipole given as $F = P×(dE(r))/(dr)$ where P is the dipole moment? Please explain in simple words and avoid using too much technical derivations.I am a ...
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If the Earth is a good conductor of electricity, why don't people get electrocuted every time they touch the Earth?

Since the Earth is a good conductor of electricity, is it safe to assume that any charge that flows down to the Earth must be redistributed into the Earth in and along all directions? Does this also ...
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How do bathroom scales measure body fat percent?

My bathroom scale has 2 metal strips each for a foot and the producer claims that it can measure body fat percent. There is a warning in the manual, that if I have heart problems (I guess pacemaker), ...
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Why do i get a shock if i touch a live wire and my feets are on ground?

I understand that there is a large potential difference but i guess we humans offer a very large resistance.So,shouldn't the current be very small .Small enough not to kill us?
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How does the specific resistance / conductivity changes, when melting metals?

According to standard school models, the specific resistance (or conductivity) depends on the movability of the charges. In a metal lattice, some electrons can freely move and are only hindered by ...
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How does non-constant conductivity change surface charge on a wire?

Current density is equal to conductivity times electric field. Therefore flux through a cross section of a wire is equal to current over conductivity. Current has to be constant along a wire. This ...
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Resistor and voltage

Considering this simple circuit : The potential is supposed to be constant along each wire (because they're conductors), such that the left wire in its entirety is at the same potential as the ...
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How to determine whether a statically charged object is positively or negatively charged?

for example, I rub a ballon on carpet. What is an experiment I can do to tell which object is net positive charged and which is negative?
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How does insulating footwear prevent an electric shock?

The reason I have always heard to explain the reduction of electric shock when we wear insulating footwear goes as follows: When electricity passes from our body to the ground, an electric circuit ...
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What device is best to prevent electric motors from burning out? [closed]

Is there any equipment to prevent electric motors from burning out? I have researched about Transient voltage surge suppressor TVSS and also Surge protection device. Can this help?
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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 we generate electric current by injecting electrons into a copper panel

Suppose I take a vacuum tube and accelerate electrons in it by electric fields then collide it on a copper plate. Will the electrons then go inside it and generate an electric current by putting a ...
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Electricity should deform the conductor then why doesn't it?

In electric current both negative particles and positive particles flow but in opposite directions. So why doesn't the conductor's shape deform because its particles are moving here and there? OR is ...
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If the electric field is not a gradient, can it exist?

We know that the gradient of the electric potential function $V(x,y,z)$ is the electric field. But not all vector fields are gradients, for example $y\hat{i}-x\hat{j}$ is not a gradient. Does this ...
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Why does this capillary action generator not work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently the the obstacle to generating energy from the forces driving capillary action is breaking the surface tension at the top of a capillary tube. It is just ...
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How to calculate the capacity of an electroscope out of the geometry and why is it independent on the pointer deflection?

How can one calculate the capacity of an elektroscope like the following from the geometry of the setup? How does this formula implies that the capacity does not (approximatly) depend on the ...
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Why is the voltage of a battery equal to the emf?

We know that there is an electric field inside the battery that works against the moving electrons of a circuit. But there is also the chemical force of the battery that at some point become equal. ...
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Question regarding Van De Graff generator Belt

I have made a VDG generator with a rubber band as the belt and a glass roller. It doesnt seem to work because I think the rubber band may be conductive. I was thinking of using other materials for ...
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Is it correct to use $P=\large\frac{V^2}{R}$ for AC circuits?

In one of my old notebooks, I found a problem which was basically about finding out resistance of a 100W light bulb (In my country electricity voltage is 220V). Then our teacher had used the equation ...