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

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Polarization vector of dielectric electrostatics

I know two laws for Polarization vector of a dielectric material $$\vec P = N q \vec{\Delta L}$$ Where N is the number of dipoles per meter cube, $\vec{\Delta L}$ is the vector that represents the ...
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Can high voltage power lines attract physical objects?

An electrician told today in a conversation that 10-60 KV high power lines have a passive property of attracting (pulling towards them) physical objects (e.g. a human body), and that’s what makes them ...
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Electric Field of a circular arc at a point

Given that the circular arc wire with radius 'r' has a linear charge density λ. What is the Electric field at the origin? I took a small segment dy, which is 'θ' above the x-axis with charge ...
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Using a role-play to teach ohm's law

An education research project: can a role-play be used to help understand Ohm's Law? I need to have this analogy checked for scientific validity. A group of 25 primary children will participate, with ...
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How fast does an electron travel in a circuit?

How is it possible to calculate the speed of an electron in a circuit? What factors does it depend on?
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Why high voltage transmission lines?

This is a question which I seem to have tackled multiple times, solved each time after reading a dodgy internet explanation, then partially forgotten about and retackled half a year later. It is time ...
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Explaining the current flow of the positive shunt clipper (diodes)

I am currently studying clippers or parallel limiters in the Navy and I was wondering if someone could clear up a few things for me. Here is a picture that fits my description: A clipper has a ...
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Electricity from Pendulum

Can Electricity be generated from a pendulum?. Considering pendulum in its ideal condition i.e. it never stops. If Yes, How? Pendulum can be a simple, complex or any other type. What exactly I mean to ...
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Nichrome wire, resistance properties

Nichrome wire is often used as resistance wire, because it's got a high melting point (around $1400^\circ C$) and resists oxidation well. If you pass a current through a Copper wire, it's got a very ...
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Physical sides of Electromagnetic Wave Propagation as nonlinear in metal

This Wikipedia page says that the electromagnetic wave propagation in air can be done by Freshnel transform: $$U_{0}(x,y) = - \frac{j}{\lambda} \frac{e^{jkz}}{z} \int\limits_{-\infty}^{\infty} ...
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Graphs of electric quantities for cell with internal resistance [closed]

A cell of EMF $E$ and internal resistance $r$ is connected to an external resistance $R$. Draw graphs to show the variation of (a) $E$ with $R$, and (b) terminal potential difference $V$ of the cell ...
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Power dissipation in High Voltage Cables

I was doing the following physics problem in physics class: You have two dimensionally identical pieces of metal, one made from aluminium the other made from iron. It is given to us that ...
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Why the leafs of a gold-leaf electroscope close together?

I understand why the leafs of the apparatus repel, but why do they close together after we ground the apparatus? Are the two gold leafs are attracting each other? Or are they closing because of ...
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Why is electricity so successful (how to explain the variety of transducers we have discovered)

From piezoelectric crystals, to loudspeakers, microphones, hydrophones, strain gauges; electricity possesses the amazing ability to transfer energy/information to and from so many different media. I ...
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Solving kinetic energy exercise through electrical work formula instead of voltage formula?

While studying electric potential, I run into an issue on exercise 43 of Chapter 24 of Fundamentals of Physics 8th ed. Vol. 3 (Halliday et al.). The exercise states the following, paraphrased: A ...
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Distribution of current of a rotating cone

If I have a hollow cone (surface with no bottom cover ) as the one in the picture. The cone has surface charged density $\sigma$. It rotates around the symmetry axis with an angular velocity ...
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How to accurately mark with arrows an electric circuit

As I understood, we choose to mark the current with arrows going from the plus pole to the minus pole (even though we know that in reality it is the contrary). As I'm looking at electric circuits, I ...
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How is Kirchhoff's voltage law understood in the water flow analogy?

I met the Kirchhoff circuit laws in the past, but now I'm trying to associate them with a practical representation to be sure to understand them. Let's start with the Kirchhoff current law: If I say ...
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Does alternating current come from DC?

I wonder whether alternating current is produced from DC current or whether AC and DC are entirely different concepts. Is there any relationship between AC and DC?
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The Difference Between voltage and current

I know that this question has been asked many times before, and I have read over several of the threads asking this question, but they do not include the gripe I have with my problem of understanding ...
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Why are ammeters used in series and voltmeters in parallel?

As I'm reading a course on electricity, this one says that an ammeter should be branched inline and not on a bridge. Can someone explain to me physically why we branch a amperemeter inline and a ...
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About the nature of the electric current

I'm currently studying electricity on my own, and as I read in a metal electrons are moving across the metal freely (depending on the attraction of the nucleus). As we close the circuit, an ...
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Why is the voltage negative?

What I don't understand is why the the two voltage sources are subtracted when working out the emf for part a, The graph does not show the orientation of the solar panel so I thought I was to ...
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Calculate the flux of a point charge with Gauss's law

I know from my class that to calculate the flux of a point charge with Gauss's law, I have to make a surface that intersects with all of the flux lines resulting from the charge, and then make this ...
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Electrical charge equilibrium and the piezoelectric effect

About the piezoelectric effect: if I press a crystal the electrical charges segregate and an electrical voltage appears on the other two faces of the crystal. See this link for example: ...
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Is there a relationship between the diameter of a copper wire and the bandwidth it can carry?

I'd suspect intuitively that the bandwidth should decrease as the diameter decreases, but I don't have any reasoning to back it up. Secondly, would the actual wavelengths that it can carry, also ...
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Transmission lines…which one is high? potential or potential difference?

The electric potential at generating station is 11,000 V...why such high potential is generated there? From generating station it is transferred to local station...is there any electric potential at ...
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Calculate expected Voltage at a distant electrode

Firstly, please forgive me for misconceptions and errors as my knowledge of Physics is very basic. I have EEG data (uV vs time) traces for an array of platinum electrodes placed on the surface of ...
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Is ohm's law violated in electric transmission lines?

Electricity is generated at a very high voltage say, 11,000 V... Does that voltage refer to the potential difference across the transmission line or does it refer to the electric potential at the ...
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Why the current decreases with increase in voltage in transmission lines? But according to Ohm's law current should increase with Voltage

Is the Ohm's law violated here? And also why is electricity generated at 11,000 V in India?
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Reality of “electrical explosion”

I have often heard people who have been electrocuted refer to the "explosion" and how they were "thrown back" by the "blast". Sometimes the force of the blast is reported to throw people many metres. ...
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Is a flow of ionized water an electric current?

If $H_2O$ ions have a net electric charge and electric current is the flow of electric charge, can a stream of water ions be considered an electric current? If so, is it conceivably possible (not ...
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Given Ohm's law, how can current increase if voltage increases, given fixed resistance?

According to Ohm's law, V=IR (voltage equals current times resistance). So if the voltage increases, then the current increases provided that the resistance remains constant. I know that Voltage or ...
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Can a current source provide Voltage to a resistor?

We know that the tension between a perfect current source is 0 We have Va-Vb= 0 but we also have by ohm's law Va-Vb=RI=5V so 5 = 0?
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Which dissipates more power, a small or big resistor?

I was talking to someone about trying to dissipate the most heat from a metal crucible (essentially just a resistor $R$). He argued that you wanted the resistor to have a high resistance because ...
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Justification of root mean square [duplicate]

In the top answer to the question Why do we use Root Mean Square (RMS) values when talking about AC voltage, the following was stated: This RMS is a mathematical quantity (used in many math ...
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Variation of Peak Current and Peak Voltage with Capacitance in an AC circuit

The relation of Peak current, Peak voltage and Capacitive Reactance in Alternating Current is given by: $$i_m=\frac{v_m}{X_c}$$ and $$X_c=\frac{1}{C\omega }$$ So if we have a circuit with a ...
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Potential due to a continuous charge distribution on ring

Derive the formula for the potential at point $P(0,0,z)$ directly above the center of a ring of charge with radius $R$ and uniform charge density $\lambda$. My attempt: Since $$\lambda= ...
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trying to understand the electricl potential and potential energy

I am trying to understand some facts on electrical potential and potential energy. It is quite confusing in the text to say that the zero potential could be freely chosen for convenience. In that ...
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Equivalent formulas for electric current density

I am reading an article that states that the "ratio of current to the area for a given surface is known as current density" and is defined as $J = \frac{I}{A}$ where $I$ is the current and $A$ is ...
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Explain the concept of “accumulated momentum” for an electron

I need someone to help me understand this equation: $ \Delta p = qEt$ where $q$ is the charge, $E$ is the electric field and $t$ is in seconds. I thought that we were supposed to write momentum in ...
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Does turning a light off save electricity in a room heated by an electric space heater?

Suppose I've got a basement that kept heated to 20 degrees Celsius using an electric space heater with thermostat. There are no windows in this basement (light is not escaping the room in any ...
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What exactly is resistance and Ohm?

Ohm is defined as "a resistance between two points of a conductor when a constant potential difference of 1.0 volt, applied to these points, produces in the conductor a current of 1.0 ampere, the ...
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Uses of Static Electricity

Is it possible to store static electricity in any type of battery and can they be used in electric appliances(light,bulbs mainly)?
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How can there be current if all paths have same potential difference

I am learning about circuit analysis now, but there is something that I can't wrap my head around. Imagine this simple circuit: ...
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Why in series combination of circuit has same amount of current flow in every conductor? [duplicate]

Why in series combination of circuit has same amount of current flow in every conductor? Whereas in parallel combination the amount of voltage is same?
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How long does it take for $25~\text{mC}$ to pass a point if the current is $12.5~\text{mA}$? [closed]

How long does it take for $25~\text{mC}$ to pass a point if the current is $12.5~\text{mA}$? I = 12.5mA Q = 25mC t = ? The formula for this question was: I = Q/t, where I is amps, Q is Coulombs and ...
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Parallel plate capacitor

How does a parallel plate capacitor emit a constant electric field between its plates? Isn't the electric field governed by an inverse square law? Then what would happen if I put a charged particle ...
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Voltage and resistors

I've read in many books and through many answers on this and other sites about this concept. Now I'm not sure what to "believe". In the subject at my university, we are taught that conducting wires ...
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What really causes terminal voltage?

In class we see how a current reduces the voltage across the battery if it has internal resistance. And we see that Vterminal=EMF-Ir. We don't really see the theory behind this, and I went on to ...