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

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Why does alternating current change direction? [closed]

As the title implies, I would like to learn why. I have read wikipedia pages in 3 different languages, searched the net and found nothing. Thanks in advance.
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Why are some Air Gap Sparks Orange?

While testing the ignition system on my car with a variable gap spark tester I noticed that the spark was orange. I suspect that there may be a problem with the ignition coil such that there is ...
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ionisation of gases by electrons

In canal ray experiment, how do accelearating electrons coming from cathode knock out electrons from the gaseous atoms in the discharge tube and thus ionise them ?what is happening exactly when an ...
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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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Why are metals worse conductors when heated?

When metals, (such as in circuits), are heated, their ability to conduct electric current is hampered. Why is this? Does the transition towards liquid disrupt a metal's ability to conduct, or is ...
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Temperature dependence on conductivity of a metal in terms of band gap, conduction band, valence band,

I am trying to find an answer to the following question: Why did the conductivity of one of the metals decrease with increasing temperature? Explain in terms of ...
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I got an electric shock from a metal door…but no one else did?

Earlier today I got shocked 3 times by a metal door that didn't shock anyone else. The door (to a convenience store) is glass with a metal grate built in, and a metal handle and edges. I touched the ...
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How can there be a voltage when there is no current?

I'm told at school that the Electromotive Force (e.m.f) of a battery equals the potential difference between the terminals of the battery when there is no current. How is that possible? How can there ...
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Why does this capillary action generator not work?

So I was doing a bit of reading. Apparently the the obstacle to generating energy from the forces driving capillary action is breaking the surface tension at the top of a capillary tube. It is just ...
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How electrical energy is transfered trhough a wire, and what's flow of charge?

I've read these texts about misconceptions about electricity. This is my understanding: Electrons do move, mut slowly and randomly. What happens is that, in fact, they're just 'conducting' the ...
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Why isn't there short circuit in a Mylar conducting sheet?

Basically, we use probes connected to a ammeter to outline equipotential lines. I don't know why it's ammeter not voltmeter. Think it's because if there there is no potential difference, there won't ...
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How does the earth wire work? [duplicate]

Since we say when the live wire touches the metal casing of the appliance, the appliance gets live and touching it we feel a shock. Now let's think about the same situation having a earth wire. Here ...
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Creating electricity from mains water pressure.

Could someone cleverer than me help me out? I had a crazy thought going through my head the other day and I can't lay my mind to rest until I get an answer. Q. How much energy could be produced by ...
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How much current travels transversely in a coil ?

Excuse the the cryptic q. I was just wondering, say in a guitar pickup or AC transformer, we have a coil of copper wire that is coiled around a magnetic core(s). Current is induced in the wire by the ...
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How to know what materials are good conductors of electricity?

I'm not asking a question like "Is the wood conductive?". No. I'm asking what properties do they have to have to be good conductors. Theoretically I mean.
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What material used in soil based microbial fuel?

I have seen from wikipedia that there are soil based microbial fuel which need only anode and cathode while soil itself could act as proton exchange filter But what kind of other material it needed? ...
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power in an ac circuit - difference between in series and parallel

In AC-circuits, we have different kinds of power: active power $P$, reactive power $Q$ and apparent power $|S|$. Let's say we have a circuit with a resistor $R$ and an inductor $L$. My understanding ...
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How could a solar eclipse cause my light bulb to explode? [closed]

Any explanation to this? as it happened right during the phase of eclipse or is it just coincident? I had just finished my breakfast and on the way to go outside to watch the eclipse and before it ...
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How does the jumper in Christmas lights work?

This is the structure according to my textbook: I don't know what the glass insulator are for?? But there is indeed a thin layer of insulator coating on the jumper. Why I don't know, too, what that ...
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How can the fact that there is no electric field inside a hollow conductor be explained by Faraday's ice pail experiment?

Basically something very similar to these pictures These are from two separate books. The bottom picture says that all the excess charge in an object can be transferred to an already charged metal ...
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Special designs to reduce the electrical resistance of a wire

The numerical simulation of this nerdy question shows that the resistance decreases with the number of nodes along longest side, and converges to a finite value when the # of nodes approaches infinite....
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Does electron drift model apply to current in liquids

The electrons in a metallic conductor, tend to drift at abysmally slow speeds, but still a current is able to flow through it, because the net movement is in the direction of the applied emf. How is ...
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Application of Displacement Current

I'm reasonably happy with the derivation and results of displacement current, however, I'd like to be aware of a few practical applications of this idea. So far, the only one I'm aware of is when ...
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Why is the charge naming convention wrong?

I recently came to know about the Conventional Current vs. Electron Flow issue. Doing some search I found that the reason for this is that Benjamin Franklin made a mistake when naming positive and ...
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Discharge Static Electricity from Carpet without chemicals

I've got a large amount of static electricity built up in a room. Is there any way I could discharge the static without the use of chemicals?
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Why don't we feel shock when there is lightning? [closed]

When there is lightning in the sky and I am are standing on the ground having no insulating material between me and the ground, why do I not feel an electric shock? If this looks stupid to you I am ...
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What are the clicking sounds when static electricity occurs?

Sometimes, when there's static electricity, soft clicking sounds can be heard. This may happen when two fabrics are rubbed or when you get a static shock. What exactly causes this sounds?
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What causes electrical boxes to hum?

Often times you pass by an electrical box on an electrical pole and you hear a distinct hum emanating from it. What causes that tone? Does the flow of electricity itself have a sound? Or does the flow ...
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Does potential difference or electric field change with distance between parallel plates?

Say you have a set of parallel plates, one is positive and one is negative, if you change the distance between them would electric field strength change or potential difference, given the equation ...
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Proving an AC current with peak amplitude of 311V is equivalent to a DC current of 220V [closed]

If one starts with an alternating current in the form of a sin wave with a peak amplitude of 311V and then goes through the usual RMS procedure of integrating $sin^2$ from 0 to 2$\pi$ then the result ...
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What phenomena occur in a low voltage arc between copper and graphite electrodes, and why is the result dependent on electrode polarity?

I was playing around with a laboratory power supply, drawing arcs between electrodes of various materials. I noticed phenomena that I found interesting, and couldn't really explain myself: The ...
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How can the copper wire in an electricity generator provide an infinite number of electrons? [closed]

How can copper wire in an electricity generator produce an infinite number of electrons when the is a finite number orbiting each copper nucleus?
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The Photoelectric Effect in passive cooling?

Information on the Photoelectric Effect: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photoelectric_effect Summary: Some metals release electrons when struck by a certain frequency of photon. What does this mean ...
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How is it possible to even develop any current in an inductor?

Potential difference across an inductor (ie p.d. between current exit point and current entry point) is given as $$V= -L\frac{di}{dt} -iR,$$ where $L$ is the inductance of inductor and $R$ is its ...
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What does the movement of charge in an object mean?

When it is said that charge "moves" throughout an object, like if negative charge moves to the edge of an object and the charges become polarized, does this mean that the electrons has moved to the ...
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Why is it that when potential difference across a capacitor is equal to the supply voltage, no flow occurs?

Can someone explain to me how and why this happens? I'm really confused. I'm also confused about how the net charge between 2 plates is 0.
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Will putting a rubber cap on a steel bar prevent it from getting struck by lightning?

Let's say there's a stainless steel bar pointing to the sky from the ground. Like this there's a possibility it gets struck by lightning. Now would putting a rubber cap on top of the bar change this ...
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Difference between live and neutral wires

In domestic electrical circuits, there are 3 wires - live, earth and neutral. What is the difference between the live and neutral wires? As there is AC supply, it means that there are no fixed ...
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Error in current voltage relation? [closed]

The current voltage relation of diode is given by I=(e^(1000V/t)-1)mA,where the applied voltage V is in volts and the temprature T is in degree Kelvin. If I made an error measuring +-0.01 V while ...
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How quick does a regular household bulb lights up after being switched on? [closed]

In this video the narrator mentions a study in which if a light bulb lights up quicker than 40ms it would seem as though it lit up before it was even switched on. How quick does a regular household ...
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Is a capacitor in an open circuit charged?

Say I have a circuit consisting of a battery, a wire, an open switch, and a capacitor. The circuit is open since the switch is open. My book says that the capacitor will only be charged when the ...
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Why does an electric motor burn up when you physically stop it?

As an electric motor spins, the energy from the electricity is 'conducted' to the rotor by the magnetic fields. However, when the motor is stopped, the energy becomes heat and burns up to motor. ...
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What happens when we connect one end of a wire to the main supply and the other end to ground?

If we connect a wire to the main supply(240v) and if we ground it, what will happen ?? Will there be a current flow ? Will I get a huge electricity bill at the end of the month ?? Also if we connect a ...
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How does load affect frequency on the power grid?

This story about the use of battery/freewheel based Frequency Regulators confused me about how the 60hz frequency of the North American power grid was set--saying that it was kept at that frequency by ...
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Negative ampere and graphical convention

Since only electron's flow in electricity and electrons have negative charge, then why we don't say —1amps (—1C/s)? Secondly, as conventional way we write down independent variable in $x$ axis and ...
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How much is a Coulomb, really?

I've heard it said in my physics class that a Coulomb "is a lot of charge". And I believe it; most of the problems I've done in the class so far involve charges on the order of micro-Coulombs (or, ...
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Can an Oven being set to a different temperature cause electric board to go off?

Basically: the electrical system kept going off (when light goes down in a division due to too many electrical appliances on at a time, or their combined power consumption). My roommate said it was ...
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tranfser of electrons between two metals and a wire

If you have a circuit of a battery, a Resistance and a light connected with a wire by example: in the middle the wire is cutted in two pieces. if you connect each piece of wire with a metal object and ...
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Drift velocity of electrons in a conductor

How does the drift velocity of electrons in a conductor depend on the temperature? I have two contradicting views for this. First, we can say that increasing the temperature of the conductor will ...