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

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Heat loss using alternating current

I am looking for somebody who can explain this to me. As I have read in physics books, the Joule-Lenz Law (Joule effect of heating) is represented by the formula: $$ W = I^2Rt $$ which can be ...
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Is it possible to overload a lightning rod?

A couple of weeks ago we had a big storm roll through the Chicago area. I watched as the city's skyscrapers were struck multiple times by lightning throughout the night and told my coworker about it ...
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Why is the perfect obstructor the perfect conductor as Heaviside 'believed'?

How might one consider a conductor to be an 'obstructor'? Might the strength of the 'skin effect' of a conductor be in direct relation to conductance? And how does this relate to insulators, as ...
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transfer of electricity through electromagnetic waves

Is it possible to transfer electricity from one place to another without the help of physical wires.
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What really is resistance? How does it generate heat?

OK I know that R= V/I. I also know that R = ρl / A But what I want to know is that what really causes resistance? Is resistance equivalent to force? or is it just a constant? Also, what causes ...
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Can we pass electricity through air?

Electricity: I was wondering, whether we can pass electricity through air over a distance of 100 meters or so as electricity means the flow of electrons and we have seen the discharge or movement of ...
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Convert pressure to energy [closed]

I read a little about electricity being created from pressure, Piezoelectricity. I'm still pretty newbie about it though. Let's say I want to charge a battery from that technique, using my hands to ...
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How does AC current flow in an open circuit?

In common house hold wiring we have the hot lead, neutral and ground. If the hot lead in electrical wiring contacts earth ground (perhaps though a short circuit in the chassis of a device) then the ...
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Numeric value of the electrons drift velocity in superconductors

Somebody knows the numeric value of electrons drift velocity in superconductors? How this value depends from the used superconductor material? What's about the current? Since the electrical resistance ...
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Natural electricity in the atmosphere - lightning

If air is such a poor electrical conductor, how can lightning be produced that appears to travel through it?
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Is it possible to generate electric energy from the radiation of radioactive materials

I wonder if it is possible to generate electric energy from the radiation of radioactive materials like nuclear waste? If it is then wouldn't that also mean that it could be used as an energy source ...
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Protect drone from lightning [closed]

I am designing a dirigible, robotic drone. It is basically a polyurethane airship, approx 3.6 m length and 2.1 m diameter. I am worried about lightnings: as far as I know, a Faraday Cage should be ...
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When we get an electrical shock, the ciruit is incomplete but still the current flows, why?

If we touch the live wire and ground at the same time, we will get a shock. But the current goes from live to ground and not to neutral i.e, circuit is open. Then how can we get a shock? This is ...
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Earth connection through resonant inductive coupling with Schumann resonances possible?

I have been playing around with Tesla coils for a while now, but one limiting factor for portability is the fact that it requires an earth connection on the secondary coil. Since a Tesla coil works ...
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Simple Parallel Electric Circuit [closed]

Ammeter (A1) and voltmeter (V) in series have parallel connection to another ammeter (A2). Currents in A1 and A2 are respectively 0.2 and 1.7 amp. Voltmeter's voltage is 6 volts. How should I find ...
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Is watt unit depended on turbine speed

I'm new to electronics. I have a doubt. That is... Is watt unit depended on speed of turbine ? In my mind When turbine rotates fast the power in increase. Is it right ? Please help me. Thanks for ...
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Why is parasitic capacitance in inductor said to be in parallel?

Internal resistance of inductance (or other devices) are said to be in series. But parasitic capacitance is said to be in parallel (in case of an inductor). Why is that so? What determines whether an ...
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Spherical Shaped Electrical Leads for Thermal Conductivity Mitigation?

I am designing a thermionic converter and one of the biggest inefficiencies is the thermal conductivity and limited electrical conductivity of the leads. I'm trying to mitigate the loss of heat ...
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Could this open electric circuit work?

Two batteries are interfaced by a resistor. Parameters such as resistance can be set arbitrarily. Does it work?
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How to measure area under the waveform (electric current)?

I have a current waveform from my circuit which goes up and down the x-axis. x-axis represents time and my y axis represents current. How should I calculate total area under the curve? Should I take ...
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How does one find the average relaxation time for a current through a conductor?

For determining the drift velocity of a flow of charge we need to find the average relaxation time for that flow at that specific temperature. My question is, how does one find that? Is there some ...
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Are all means of heating equally efficient? [duplicate]

In terms of cost of electricity, does it matter if I heat my room using a space heater, an open oven, a flood light, an ASIC? Assume no energy escapes the room, that the heat quickly becomes uniformly ...
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Calculating electric motor's weight lifting ability knowing power. What else do i need to know?

So, my company works with electric motors, and my boss wanted me to calculate how much weight could be lifted by a motor rated at 750W. I know that i can't just calculate the work done by it without ...
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Non-zero net charge on cosmological scale

It seems very clear, that because atoms and ion compounds are electrically neutral, our world seems to consist of an equal amount of positive and negative charge resulting in a zero net charge. What ...
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How does Passivation in Mercury-arc-valve cause “diode” behavior

Does passivation of lead anodes cause them to become semiconductors? Or even become diodes (eg. a p-n passage)? How does this work on an atomar level? This question has been risen by trying to ...
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How is the direction of Magnetic/Electric Lines of Force Known?

It is shown that the direction of magnetic line is from north to the south and that of the electric line is from positive to negative. How do we/scientists know that the imaginary lines of force or ...
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electric-circuits

Why can't you connect the + of a device to one battery and the - to another battery (and have it work)?
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Electricity voltage & current [closed]

Why does current return to its source?
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Wireless electricity through Wi-Fi power signal?

Could there be a method to obtain and send worldwide electricity through WiFi? I mean if we have internet everywhere and only need a WiFi device, can we apply the same to electricity technology? or ...
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How do I calculate the speed of a temperature change?

I know how to calculate the change of temperature in a copper wire depending on voltage and current, but not how fast the temperature would change.
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Transient Stress and Piezoelectric Generators

From what I can gather, the piezoelectric effect links mechanical stress to the potential difference across a material, with a two-way relationship between the two (motor or generator). I don't know ...
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Power delivered by a plug

Ok so i know that (in the UK) the voltage of a mains supply is 230v. But when we plug a item e.g. a tv in to it what determines how much power is drawn from this supply. I presume it is the current ...
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insufficient electrons in a conductor [duplicate]

We all know that if an electric field is applied across an isolated conductor, then charges are induced at either surface such that the net electric field inside becomes zero. Now if the applied ...
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Understanding frequency of a signal

I'm trying to understand how can one transmit different signals on a same copper wire using different frequencies. How does the electrons actually interact with the frequency? And how does the ...
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Why is electric current dangerous to humans? [closed]

How does a strong electric current harm our body? A strong electric current will posses a great charge. But how does that charge injure us?
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Origin of Overpotential in Electrochemical Cell

I'm well aware of the significance of overpotential and how it is defined to be the difference between the thermodynamically determined equilibrium potential and the experimental potential required to ...
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The speed of electrons moving in different medium

Can one have a simple (dimensional-analysis) model to evaluate the speed of electrons moving in: (1) a copper wire (2) a silver wire (3) a gold wire (4) a semiconductor wire let's use meter over ...
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Would it really require 44 car batteries to heat my pool? [closed]

After doing some research and math, I 'discovered' that it would take 44 (give or take 20%) car batteries to heat 1,000 gallon pool by 10 degrees. Is this right or am I missing something? It seems a ...
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Do electrons move in a conductor when it is connected to only one pole of a power supply?

If I were to get a conductor e.g. a piece of copper wire or aluminium and connect it to one pole of a battery (let's take the positive pole for example), will electrons be removed from the conductor ...
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Of all the electrical energy used in a home, is there any portion that won't eventually become thermal energy in the home?

Considering all of the appliances that the average home uses--microwaves, light bulbs, dishwashers, refrigerators--is it safe to say that all of the electrical energy in a home will be converted to ...
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Is it possible to calculate the force exerted by two unequal charge, separately?

According to the Coulomb's law, when two equal like point charges are placed 1m from each other the force between them is 9 * 109. But if two unequal like point charges are placed, the bigger charge ...
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How a plasma reacts with an AC electromagnet

Any metal conductor such as aluminium or copper is a conductor because of the free electrons in such metals. Plasma also has free electrons so I would like to know if you can repel plasma the same ...
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Do high voltage power lines attract lightning strikes?

I always thought that high voltage power lines would attract a lightning strike more than other structures in the same area. Turns out I was wrong. My neighbor's chimney got struck by lightning and it ...
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How does temperature affect an electrical current

Synopsis I have read an interesting article J. Halderman et al. "Lest we remember: cold boot attacks on encryption keys" in computer science regarding cold booting. The paper discusses how the use ...
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Charge propagation in a long circuit

Imagine a long circuit that goes around the Earth, or just spans a large enough distance to measure the effect, say 100'000 km. The circuit has efficient light bulbs installed at each 10km mark. ...
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Cause for Power Transmission Tower “Breathing”

OK, this question is not your usual one: Last night while hiking solo from the mountains back to my car at the mountain/desert interface (Lone Pine, CA), I had a rather bizarre -- and downright spooky ...
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Why Change Of Magnetic Flux Induces Current In circuit?

Why change of magnetic flux with the time through a coil induces current in it? Please tell me that what happen to charge in the coil if the magnet or electromagnet wave around this? Also, why a ...
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How is the current same on both the sides of a resistor?

I am wondering that how can current be equal on either side of a resistor as the work of a resistor is to resist the flow of electrons i.e. decrease the current. How is this possible?
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Electric potential of spherical water droplet [closed]

I'm trying to answer the following: 1000 spherical water droplets, each of radius $r$ and each carrying a charge $q$, coalesce to form a single bigger spherical drop. If $v$ is the electric ...
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Why are diodes able to amplify signals in groups, but not alone?

Single diodes can determine whether a signal passes or not (depending on the biased)(plus they can even rectify a signal), yet why does it take a combination of diodes(like a transistor) to amplify a ...