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

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The influence of electric potential of a planet to a spaceship

How does the electric potential of a planet influence a spaceship? If a distant planet is at very high potential compared to Earth. A spaceship is sent from Earth to land on the planet. Is the mission ...
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AC is more dangerous or DC? [duplicate]

If, though not possible DC also works on specified frequency or follows sine wave form then which one would be more dangerous AC or DC?
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How do I show $e_r$ and its first- and second time derivative?

What does a charge q moving in a circular orbit with a constant velocity (a "rotating charge") and a stationary observer that measures the E field look like? And how do I show $e_r$ and its first- and ...
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Why isn't the magnitude of the electric field in a circuit zero?

I've been re-reading my knowledge of circuits and how current flows as well as the surface charge distributions in the steady state, since it's been quite some time and we've just started studying ...
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What does an increased time constant of a capacitor do?

If a capacitor is being charged to any voltage, what effect would increasing the time constant have on it and if a graph of Charge Q/Time T was plotted to give a positive decreasing gradient, how ...
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Is battery the supplier of charge in an electric circuit?

In a simple electric circuit consisting of wires, battery and a bulb... Are the charges which flow in the circuit provided by the battery or are they coming from somewhere else?
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Question about DC & AC Generators

Main question: moving a alternating magnetic field past a coil can create AC, if the same pole is moved past repeatedly does this still generate the same amount as the AC version would? or is the ...
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How much work do I need to convert 300ml of water from 25°C to 3°C? [closed]

A question on how to apply thermodynamics principles to figure out how much work is needed to hold 300ml water in room temperature at 3°C. So far I have: 1Cal for each degree per g of water. We have ...
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Why the electrons flow from higher potential to lower potential?

We know that every thing moves from a higher potential to lower potential. In fact we also studied in our textbooks that a charge travels from higher potential ie. Positive side to lower potential ie. ...
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How can we know that a particular charge is positive or negative?

Suppose I am provided with a positive is charged....and someone tells me to find which type of charge is present in it? Then how can we detect that the body is positively or negatively charged? Is ...
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Is electric current a scalar quantity?

According to the definition of a Scalar quantity that i have read in class 9 is that ''those quantities which has only magnitude but no direction is known as a scalar quantity''.....But in class 10 i ...
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Energy conversion (conceptual) question

Suppose I have a electronic car. It runs by electrical energy. So when wheels rotate, mechanical energy is produced. Then why can't we convert it back to electric energy and produce somewhat unlimited ...
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Why doesn't current induced by changes in flux affect the flux, while current induced by a battery does?

Faraday's law states $V=-\frac{\mathrm{d}F}{\mathrm{d}t}$, where $F$ is flux. Since $V=IR$ for passive circuits, $I = V/R = -\frac{1}{R}\frac{\mathrm{d}F}{\mathrm{d}t}.$ But by the Biot-Savart law, ...
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How does the phase of an alternating current change when flowing through a multi-layered material?

I have questions regarding the properties of the alternating electrical current in the following imaginary experiment: There is an AC (sinusoidal wave with frequency $f = 5\ \mathrm{Hz}$). I would ...
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How to calculate temperature of an incandescent bulb filament?

Suppose we have a light bulb, for which we know its power rating, like voltage of $12\mathrm V$, and power consumption of $10\mathrm W$. We also know it's a halogen bulb with a tungsten filament ...
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Wave velocity (R)LC circuits.

I'm attempting to simulate some fluid like mechanics using circuits. Specifically wave propagation. I am attempting to measure the wave propagation velocity using an oscilloscope on the circuit below, ...
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How can the effects of temperature be accounted for in-situ electrical resistance corrosion monitoring?

In reading the Berkeley Lab's article Rust Never Sleeps, where research is underway investigating the use of iron oxide rust as a photovoltaic, they state: Rust – iron oxide – is a poor conductor ...
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How to find the distribution of charge on two spheres connected by a conducting wire?

A solid metal sphere of radius $R$ has charge $+2Q$. A hollow spherical shell of radius $3R$, concentric with the first sphere, has net charge $-Q$. What would be the final distribution of the charge ...
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Does lightning have a thickness?

We have calculated (probably measured) the speed, temperature and voltage of lightning so does lightning have a thickness? Note: When a lightning occur it heats up the air rapidly causing the air to ...
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Can a laser work forever if constant electricity is provided?

Can a laser work forever if constant electricity is provided? If we take a laser and provide it with constant electricity will the reactions in the semiconductor generate photons forever?
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Simple Circuits [closed]

I have a small and easy dilemma, judging by how sophisticated the website is, and need a simple answer for it So $P=E/t$. And $P=I*V$. Therefore $E/t=I*V$. I just need an explanation on how this is ...
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Which lamp is brighter, the one through which electrons flow or current

I was thinking about problem that i don't really know the answer to. A circuit is set up with one battery and two identical lamps in series. Like so I know that electrons flow in the opposite ...
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Factors affecting pain of static electricity shock

Referring to How to avoid getting shocked by static electricity?, someone I knew suffered much pain from static electric shocks when touching door knobs or car doors where I didn't feel anything doing ...
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Static electricity and door handles

I have a pair of shoes, which seem to isolate me from the ground. In effect I'm gathering static charge and every time i grab an aluminum door handle, that current discharges and that hurts. Ouch. I ...
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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 ...