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

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Why can't I measure electric potential from source to point according to this formula

The formula for electric potential of points A and B in the presence of an electric field due to a point charge where $R_a$ and $R_b$ are the distances from source to point A and B respectively is: ...
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Calculating the energy supplied by a battery

If you wanted to calculate the energy supplied by a battery in time $t$ you would use $E=VIt$ where $I$ is the current through the battery. If the internal resistance is $r$ we could also use ...
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Ampere's Law and Gauss's Law for EXACT CENTER of Finite Wire: Mathematical Justification [closed]

I have always seen it explained that: Ampere's Law (in integral form) works whenever B is constant around a path, so that you can pull it out of the integral. Similarly, if you can draw a ...
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Static electricity and insulators

I've read that Stephen Gray in his experiments on electricity, he has found that static electricity can be conducted -transferred- through an insulator thread made of silk. So, how could that happen ...
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Question about ohmic conductors

I'm having some trouble understanding Ohm's law. My trouble is with the different ways it is described when referring to ohmic and non-ohmic conductors. If someone can answer this question I think it ...
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Resistors in parallel: How do I make this rigorous? [closed]

In my revision guide it says "when two resistors are in parallel, the current has two paths it can flow through so there is less opposition to the current. This is why the combined resistance is less ...
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How is resistance defined when there is no current?

By definition, a component has a resistance of $1\Omega$ if a potential difference of $1$V makes a current of $1$A flow through it. So I was a bit confused when I saw somewhere "a filament lamp has a ...
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Need help understanding appliance ratings

I keep coming across things like "A filament lamp rated 12 V, 1.0 A", or "a heating element rated 230V, 500W". I think the first one is saying that a 12V potential difference across it will make a ...
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Experiment for finding resistivity

I was reading an experiment to measure the resistivity of a wire. I understand everything except for why the variable resistor is connected to the side of the positive terminal of the battery. Since ...
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Potential difference of conductor with induced load

If a metallic sphere is grounded and close to a positive charge q, it will be charged with -q. Let's say that the electrons will arrive through the grounding. This charge will cover the surface of the ...
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Difficulty understanding electricity concepts

In circuit diagrams what does it mean for energy to be used in going through a component? I usually see this when emf is being described: total energy supplied per coulomb by battery = total energy ...
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Inductor in transformer

In an inductor, a current waveform 90 degrees out of phase with the voltage waveform creates a condition where power is alternately absorbed and returned to the circuit by the inductor. If the ...
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Convert kinetic energy of a bullet into electricity and store it in a super-capacitor [closed]

I was thinking about bulletproof materials, they have to be so thick and heavy because they try to hold all of the kinetic energy of a bullet and then dissipate it (right?) So what if you made a thin ...
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The Faraday experiment about electric displacement field

I read the description and the explanation of the result of the experiment in my book but still I can't understand it. Here is the process of the experiment. A pair of concentric metallic spheres ...
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How is the efficiency of an electric motor affected? [closed]

Consider that I'm having a motor (AC/DC) and the power switch is on and it's being supplied power and of course the motor is rotating. Now, I continuously start switching off and on the power. For 1 ...
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Why an inductor parallel with a light bulb makes it flash as a key closes the circuit?

The title is a simplified form of my question. To be precise, I'm talking about the following circuit: The inductor has a resistanse equal to the resistor in the circuit. So, the question is that, ...
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does a resistor slow down the flow of electrons or just let less electrons through? or is it both?

I like to have an intuitive grasp of whats happening our tutor said they 'resist' the flow of electrons but I want to understand exactly whats happening.
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What is an ohmic conductor?

Is it a conductor whose temperature doesn't change when you increase the current through it, or a conductor whose resistance is constant provided its temperature doesn't change? I've seen it defined ...
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Filament lamp: Negative part of I/V characteristic?

I don't understand the negative part of the graph. It shows that the resistance is decreasing as the voltage goes from negative towards 0. What does a negative voltage mean and why does the graph ...
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Filament lamp gets hot, metallic conductor doesn't?

Keeping the temperature constant, if you increase the voltage across a filament lamp and a metallic conductor, the filament lamp gets hot but the metallic conductor doesn't. Both are made of metal so ...
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Voltmeter in series with a component?

I always see voltmeters connected in parallel with a component, but what happens if you connect it in series? I think it's due to the high resistance of a voltmeter but I don't really see why this ...
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Efficiency of an electric motor? [closed]

Question: An electric motor runs off a 12V d.v. supply and has an overall efficiency of 75%. Calculate how much electric charge will pass through the motor when it does 90J of work. Can someone tell ...
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Why can't ice conduct electricity

Water can conduct electricity, and some solids can conduct. Are ice molecules too packed together to let valence electrons travel?
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Can I describe resistance without using an Ohm?

Can resistance be described with units $\rm cm^2/sec$? If so, how would this (resistance) relate to permeability?
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Meaning of negative density

Charge density depends on the area/volume and the amount of charge. Before electromagnetism I used to think of density as being positive only. What is the intuitive meaning of negative density? Does ...
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Circumference measurement using a capacitive sensor

I have a question which I hope someone in here can help me answer. Background: I’m building a device where I intend to use a stretchable capacitive sensor to define the radius change of an object. ...
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Understanding the differences and applications of some electrical equations

In preparing for the AP Physics 2 test tomorrow, (the first year this test is being offered, so this material is not easily searchable), I've been doing some reviewing of the equation sheet and trying ...
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Lightning Conductor Working

During a thunderstorm charges collect on clouds until a field which is more than the air's dielectric strength is created. Because now there is a potential difference between the ground (0 Volts) and ...
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Wave superposition, is my textbook wrong?

Here's the question: Two coherent electromagnetic waves are incident simultaneously at some point in space. The intensity of each independent wave is $I_0$. What is the intensity of the superposition ...
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Why the Amount of electric field generate from any small surface of a body is equal to the electric field generated from remaining surface left out?

Recently I just read one property of electrostatics which states that: The amount of electric field generate from any small surface is equal to the electric field generate from remaining surface ...
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Does resistance have to be constant for Ohm's Law to be obeyed?

I have looked all over the internet to try and find an answer to this question and frustratingly different people seem to have completely different opinions. What I find hard to understand is why ...
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Electric field or static electric field around a plugged-in lamp cord (when lamp is not turned on)?

When an electrical cord from, say, a lamp, is plugged into an AC wall socket, I'm aware that an electric field forms around the entire length of the cord and even before the lamp switch is flipped on. ...
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Is there an electric field in the direction of a uniform current?

In an infinite plane where uniform current is passing through,is there any electric field? Because i know that charge produces an electric field but in a uniform current and because it is an infinite ...
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What is the amount of charge density in a metal wire for the electron's which are involved in current flow?

According to the question Why is charge = nALe n is the charge density (number of electrons per unit volume). Which of the electrons in a metal wire are involved in current flow? Only the unbounded to ...
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Do electrons lose energy between the battery anode and cathode?

In a battery circuit, does an electron leaving the anode carry more energy with it than an electron returning, from having been through a machine, to the cathode? If not, how does the battery deliver ...
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Electrical conductivity of metals on heating

What effect does heating have on metals (to be specific, on the electrical conductivity) ? And why does it have that effect?
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What really happen with resonance inductive coupling

I can't figure out the picture of resonance inductive coupling I can image how magnetic inductive coupling works, It scatter magnetic around one coil and if second coil being near it then induce ...
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Why do I see different color sparks from the 2 pins when I plug an appliance in a socket?

I plugged in the charger of my laptop into a socket, which I have done a lot of times but this time, I noticed a strange thing. When the contact was made between the pins of charger and the socket, ...
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Why doesn't the electric potential constantly decrease in a circuit as the current moves from the positive to the negative terminal?

Why doesn't the electric potential constantly decrease in a circuit as the current moves from the positive to the negative terminal? Details and Assumptions: 1. The wires show no resistance.
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Can electricity flow through vacuum?

People say yes, and give a wonderful example of vacuum tubes, CRTs. But can we really say that vacuum (..as in space) is a good conductor of electricity in a very basic sense?
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At what distance is lightning dangerous for someone lying down?

My 8 yo child told me that they learned at school that they should lay down flat on the ground in case of lightning. I told him that the more correct position is crouching down with feet together, but ...
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What is the theoretical reasoning behind calculating emfs in series or parallel?

First off, I did some research on my own but the answers weren't satisfactory. The analogy of the water pump makes zero sense as I see no way how "Potential" is even comparable with "Dynamic ...
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Why do nuclear bomb explosions create an array of visible electric discharges in the form of lightening in the upper atmosphere?

I've seen videos on the internet, showing nuclear bomb test explosions, and there appears to be a large amount of visible lightening discharging numerous times over the development of the mushroom ...
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How do the electrons know the route? [duplicate]

I've learnt in classroom that the requirements for electrical current to flow in a circuit are as follows: there must be a closed conducting path between negative and positive terminals there must ...
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When I put 2 electrodes into a electrical conductive solution, does the volume of the solution around the electrodes have biological effect?

Media these days give me a common sense that it is able to hurt someone if they step on a wet floor with a electric cord dipped in, several movies have this scene.However, I wonder if I set up an ...
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Is the induced EMF dependent on the conventional or actual flow of electrons?

I have been studying Faraday's Law and Lenz's Law and the flow of current to oppose change in flux linkage. My question is whether the actual flow of electrons to the top of a material makes the EMF ...
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How does electric energy flow in a circuit? [duplicate]

I have read that the electric energy flows from the battery into the circuit through electric field created outside the wires into the light bulb (or any other resistor). I have also read that the ...
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What is the voltage of an average carpet static shock? Can you make it lethal?

I think I heard somewhere that it was in the thousands of volts, but it had extremely, extremely low amps. Could you somehow transform the current to make it larger or something? Or does the equation ...
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How does my car's remote keep running?

Two years ago, I got a new car. It comes with a wireless remote that provides keyless ignition and can unlock and lock doors at the press of a button. Just recently, I read somewhere (unfortunately ...
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Electrostatic, electromagnetic, electric, field, force, e.m.f, p.d [closed]

Can someone explain the difference between electrostatic force, electromagnetic force, electrostatic field, electric field, magnetic field, electromagnetic field, electromotive force, potential ...