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

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Why do we get electric shocks when most structures are insulators?

Suppose I was standing in the sea, and touched an electric fence; I would receive an electric shock, because both my body and the sea are conductors, and create a path for the electricity to flow. The ...
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Energy in conductors with $\vec{E}$-field

The question is deceptively simple. Suppose I have a uniform circular wire in which I have created the a E-field by some mean. We that without the source the electric field should not be there, so if ...
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Calculating the output current and voltage of series and parallel connected solar panels

I have two solar panels, one is rated as $I=2A$ (current) and $V=20V$ (voltage) and the other as $I=3A$ and $V=15V$. If I connect them in parallel, how to calculate the current and voltage of the ...
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What will be effects of harnessing lightning?

In Feynman's Lectures, volume 2, chapter 9, there is a mention of earth getting charged by thunderstorm lightning. It is the thunderstorms throughout the world that are charging the earth with an ...
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Why does not a battery kept in empty space discharge on its own? If space between the terminals is empty, what prevents the electrons to flow?

Given here is the picture of a twisted battery kept in free space (vacuum). Will the battery discharge quickly? I mean, it should discharge faster than it would if we were to connect the terminals ...
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Electric potential of a sphere at a point on its surface

I'm struggling to figure out how to determine the infinitesimal area of the sphere given in the question. More specifically, in part (b) of the question. For part (a) it's the volume so V = ...
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Electron Flow Notion

I would like to ask something that bothers me. A lot of us know of the electron flow notion, which it is the technical representation of how the electron charge really flows, starting from the ...
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What size aluminum foil capacitor would power an LED?

Inspired by this video where a $9 \mu F$ capacitor is made from aluminum foil, if I had students put this together in a classroom, one question I would have is what would it take to have this power an ...
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Voltage developed along the length ofan accelerating conductor?

Does a conductor become polarized when accelerated? Starting with a conductor that is neutral and polarized. Electrons are evenly distributed within the volume and do not feel any net electric field ...
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Colour changing material/ink

i am not sure if this is the right place to ask but is it possible for me to make an ink or material that changes colour when electricity goes through it at home? (as much colours as possible and low ...
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Tesla Coil stops sparking until restart [closed]

I have a tesla coil with NT-1530-OUT Transformer, 23 turns (max) primary, 1m secondary(~1600turns), with MMC and rotary sparkgap. Gets 50cm sparks but try to tune the tesla coil by shifting top ...
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Necessary requirements for current

So i was in a course yesterday and the "teacher" told us the following (which i had a hard time believing/understanding) There is a load connected to a transformer. Applied potential difference is ...
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Would an ordinary or fluorescent lightbulb generate electricity when exposed to light?

I was wondering whether the physic laws or the nature in which lightbulbs are constructed would allow for lightbulb to generate electricity when subjected to strong (intensive and concentrated) ...
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How can be the neutral wire at 0 volts when current flowing through it?

Voltage is potential difference, and current flows because of voltage. So if the voltage is zero, how can current flow through the neutral wire.
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Reproducing electricity [closed]

We all know reproducing solar energy is possible. Same stands for mechanical energy (air, water, coals) - they are all reproducible. But what about other types of light ? A diode light for example ...
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Off resonance operation of tightly coupled coils for maximum efficiency?

On Wireless Power Consortium webpage there is an article about Magnetic Resonance. These paragraphs in the page surprised me: You might expect that operating tightly coupled coils at resonance ...
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Why does flux in closed surface remain constant if exterior charge is altered?

Q. Charges $q_1$ and $q_2$ lie inside and outside respectively of a closed surface $S$. Let $E$ be the field at any point on $S$ and $\Phi$ be the flux of $E$ over $S$. One of the answer is: if $q_2$ ...
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How to measure resistance of gel electrolyte using multimeter

How can I measure the resistance of a gel electrolyte using a multimeter? I know the formula to measure the conductivity of a gel electrolyte is k = (1/R) * (d/a) where k is the conductivity (S/cm), ...
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Doppler-shift of AC-electricity

A tram is powered by overhead wire, the wire has alternating voltage of 1000 V RMS, the frequency of the alternating voltage is 50 Hz. The rails are the other wire. The tram is moving at speed 100 ...
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Why is there no change in speed of a charged particle in a uniform perpendicular magnetic field? [duplicate]

When the initial velocity is perpendicular to the magnetic field, the force acting on the charged particle F = qvBsin(theta) ...
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How does a bulb light up when it's connected in a circuit with an uncharged capacitor and a cell?

Since there is a capacitor, isn't it an incomplete circuit? How does the current flow across the dielectric medium? If a bulb was connected to a cell alone and if there was a break in the wires of the ...
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Moving coil through space

Programmer here, I have simple question about existence of magnetic field relative to the coil, when moving in space. Imagine we have coil L, that is connected to battery / power supply and coil is ...
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Electrical resistivity: the effect of adding electrons

Consider a copper wire of fixed length and cross-sectional area, and apply an electric field to the wire induced by a fixed potential difference $V$ across the two endpoints of the wire. By Ohm's law, ...
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Zero current induced in a loop

Consider the following two cases, Case 1 – A coil moving through a constant magnetic field Case 2 – A conductor moving through a constant magnetic field Now, in Case 1 (a coil moving through a ...
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Why can touching an iPod charger sometimes cause one's skin to tingle?

I was visiting Shanghai recently. One afternoon, while sitting on the sofa, I inadvertently brushed a family member's arm. To my surprise, I felt an unnatural tingling from his skin—quite like a mild ...
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Potential difference in a circuit of n cells = 0? How?

I was supposed to find the potential difference across any one cell in an arrangement consisting of n cells of EMF E connected in series in a closed circuit and internal resistance r. I proceeded by ...
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Determining potential in coaxial cylinders

If I have two conducting, coaxial cylinders as shown: The potential at the outer cylinder is = 0. And I apply a potential difference across both cylinders in the form $V_a - V_b = V_{ab}$, how can ...
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Electron flow: Are these two simulations contradicting each other?

These two videos explain how a diode works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6QUEq0nUH8#t=03m25s (3:25) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBtEckh3L9Q#t=07m40s (7:40) In the second video, electrons ...
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Is the sea of electrons in a metal at rest when the metal is in electrostatic equilibrium?

It is said that charges inside a metal in electrostatic equilibrium are at rest, and are stationary. However, don’t the electrons have their own thermal vibrations and whatnot? Aren’t they always ...
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How power lines use high voltages with a low current?

I've read that power lines use high voltages and low currents to reduce power loss due to resistance. Looking at the formula for power - P = VI So to increase P, you increase V rather than I for ...
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Why chewing a battery increases its power? [closed]

I know almost nothing about physics. Last night my TV remote was not working. I chewed the batteries and woh! It still had power left. How does chewing a battery increases its power? I think it's a ...
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Do permanent magnets have an electric current surrounding them?

Permanent magnets seems to have different properties to electromagnets, such that electromagnets can be used for induction and energy transfer if a conductor is placed within their changing magnetic ...
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How can one derive the Ohm's Law?

I am looking for the derivation of the Ohm's Law i.e., V is directly proportional to I. Can someone help me with it?
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If charge is carried by ions, is there a limit to the amount of charge that salt water can conduct? [duplicate]

The reason salt water is so conductive is dissolved ions (e.g. $\mathrm{Cl^-}$ and $\mathrm{Na^+}$). If I put an anode and a cathode in water, will ions eventually build up and create an opposing ...
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Resistance of hollow metal sphere

A hollow metallic sphere has inner and outer radii $a$ and $b$ respectively. How to calculate its resistance between two a points $A$ (on the inner surface) and a point $B$ (on the outer surface)? ...
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How do you model the resistance across a symmetric sheet of plastic, streched (think ceran wrap) between a circular anode and cathode?

Here is the problem. You need to model the resistance across a circular sheet of polypropylene (plastic). The resistivity of polypropylene is 1E15 Ohms per meter. The expression for resistance on a ...
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Does an induction cooktop consume as much energy when it's heating something as it does when it isn't? [closed]

If you plug in an electrical charger or an adapter of an electronic device such as a mobile phone or a laptop into the power socket, but you don't actually attach the device into the charger, the ...
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Graph of Electrical Resistivity of Air vs Air Pressure

I've search many place ( Google, forums etc ) but can't seem to find anything that explains the Relationship between: Electrical Resistivity of Air vs Air Pressure Constant Variable: ...
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Do electrons transfer during static electricity by conduction to follow octet? [duplicate]

When silk and balloon are rubbed together, electrons from silk travel to balloon. Is it because balloon is trying to gain a full outer shell and become stable? Then I guess both should want to do that ...
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Magnetic field due to current carrying sheet

I have 2 infinite plates (x direction) with the width of A (y direction) and the distance between them is d (z direction). The current density is J on the first plate and -J on the second (the ...
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Is this a good explanation of electron mobility to the layman?

I'm writing an informative paper on graphene for my writing class (layman-oriented), and was describing electron mobility in very simplified terms. Let me know if anything is mistaken, badly ...
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How are charges formed in clouds during lightning?

How are charges formed in clouds that are responsible for lightning?
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Why is voltage essential in circuits?

I understand what voltage is, but why is it necessary for an electric circuit to function? Why can't current flow without a voltage?
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How can a material conduct heat but not electricity

Mica is a good conductor of heat but an electrical insulator. According to free electron theory (which applies only to metals) free electrons carry heat and electricity. Therefore, thermal ...
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Electric Motors: why do they draw more current when stalled, and less when moving? [duplicate]

I'm familiar with how an electric motor works, and also familiar with what stall current and free current refers to in an electric motor. I'm also somehow familiar with the notions of energy being ...
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Why do high voltage transmission line workers need a Faraday cage suit?

In this video the high voltage transmission line workers are wearing a Faraday cage suit. Why is this needed? Without the Faraday cage, the resistance of the human would be very high compared to the ...
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Relation between power & thickness of the filament

Tell me what relationship is used to solve the question given below. There are three bulbs of power 60, 100 and 20; which one has thickest filament for same source? (a) 100 (b) 20 (c) 60 ...
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Electrode (de)conditioning for breakdown

The breakdown voltage between two electrodes in vacuum depends on their surface condition. If you increase the voltage across the electrodes smoothly, at some voltage $V_0$ you will see the first ...
I have been told that the $emf$ is equal to the potential difference across the terminals of a cell when no current is flowing. Does that mean that the current is zero ($I=0$)?