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

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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 ...
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In low voltage (3-12V) DC applications, which is safer to be exposed or touchable + or - terminal?

The - side has a surplus of $e^{-}$s and the opposite is true for the + side of the power supply. Does it not matter, or depends on your configuration / contact with Earth? Please explain!
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Calculate the equivalent resistance between A and B [closed]

Find the equivalent resistance between A and B. I tried using nodal but there were too many unknown variables. Please help. Thank you!
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Mechanism of Current flow in Metals [duplicate]

I do not fully understand the mechanism of current flow in conductors. It cannot be that a current starts only when an electron from one terminal of the electric supply physically reaches the other ...
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Power dissipation in circuits:Why is high voltage used in power lines?

I know this question has been asked before, but there is one doubt I still cannot clear. Power dissipation is proportional to $I^2R$. Does this not mean that it is also proportional to $V^2/R$? If ...
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Household Electricity

What is actually moving in the wires? Electrons and energy, right? With alternating current, electrons move from atom to atom, practically back and forth in the wires. Mainly, it is energy that is ...
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What experiment disproved single fluid theory of electricity?

I just can't understand how history of electricity goes on. What experiment disproved Benjamin Franklin's fluid theory of electricity?
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Binding Energy of an Electric Dipole

My question is structured in two parts: Is there any way to isolate the charges of an electric dipole? What is the binding energy of an electric dipole? To put it in another way, is there ...
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Does magnitude of a charge influence magnitude of force that individual charge exerts on another charge [closed]

two point charges, q1 and q2, are placed 0.3m apart on the x-axis, as shown in the figure above. Charge q1 has a value of -3 nano Coulomb and q2 has a value of +4.8 x10^-8 C. The net electric field ...
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If you toss a handful of confetti onto a comb, why does some of it stick and some of it fly away?

My guess is some paper pieces happen to be charged with the opposite charge compared to the comb, so they are attracted, but once they touch the comb, their charge is neutralized. But the comb is ...
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Voltage drop due to a resistor

I'm afraid this question is going to sound rather dumb but here it is: Suppose I have a very simple circuit: one battery and one resistor. The sum of the voltages in this circuit has to equal zero. ...
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Why is the loop rule from circuit theory applicable for 'any' loop?

While proving Kirchoff's loop rule in class or any physics book, we take a simple one-loop system for the proof. In such a case, the current actually goes round the loop and the same current flows ...
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Speed of a charge in a magnetic field

Does speed of a charged particle change in a non-uniform magnetic field? I know that a uniform magnetic field cannot change the $KE$ of the particle, i.e. $\frac{1}{2}mv^{2}$ is constant. And we ...
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What causes the random movement of particles inside a conductor?

I'm reading about currents in electricity right now, and it was mentioned that even if there's no electric field inside a conductor, charged particles inside are still undergoing random movement. I ...
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Electron flow in a wire [duplicate]

How do electrons that constitute a current flow move in a wire? Some say it's like a wheel.If you give it a push,every part of the wheel moves instantly. Is that what happens to electrons?Do they ...
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Difference in the amount of heat produced in two circuits having two different metals

There are two circuits to the first nichrome is connected like this and in the other a copper wire instead of the nichrome wire when electricity is passed through which wire gets more heated? Since ...
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Can data be transmitted from one object to another one during electrostatic discharge (ESD)?

Did this ever happen to you?, after you touch something (or someone) 'Ouch'! you get a static electric shock. Can (any kind of) information be transmitted between two people during accidental ...
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Why is the current in an electric circuit constant?

Considering electrostatics, suppose we have two charges of equal value and opposite sign and we put electrons along the road between them: We know that the electrical force or field is different from ...
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What is the difference between a circuit with a resistor and one without it in energy terms?

In Fundamentals of Physics (HRW), an equation is derived for the current in a circuit in terms of its emf and resistance by the 'Energy method'; that is, deriving $\epsilon = i \cdot r$ and saying ...
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Potential Differences (Voltage) from Point Charges [closed]

Identical +1.8 micro Colomb charges are fixed to adjacent corners of a square. What charge (magnitude and algebraic sign) should be fixed to one of the empty corners, so that the total electric ...
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Will a microwave heat sand?

I want to cook Turkish coffee on heated sand at school. I have difficulty accessing some easier method of heating, so I was going to try to heat sand in a microwave. It was then pointed out to me that ...
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Will charges redistribute on the surface of an insulator?

When I shot an electron beam onto an insulator, electrons will be knocked out of the material, leaving an immobile positive charge at their place. Some of the knocked out electrons might manage to ...
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Matter and Electrical Impulses

The human brain is composed of about 100 billion neurons; with trillions of synapses. These synapses transmit signals, which is obviously made of some sort of matter. This is what creates thought and ...
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How does a battery work?

How does the positive terminal of the battery attract electrons? Does the electric field emitted by the positive terminal attract the electrons?
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Why don't neutral atoms distort the electric field?

Suppose I have a positively charged conductor with a cavity. There's a positive charge inside the cavity and the system has reached electrostatic equilibrium. Then there's negative charge surrounding ...
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Transformers and DC voltage

Ok, if I have a transformer with 100 coils of the primary and 200 coils on the secondary and I connect a 9 volt battery to the primary, how many volts should I expect from the secondary coil? I know ...
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Would a simple electric generator based on magnetic induction( magnet moving near coils to produce current) work in vacuum?

Would a simple electric generator based on magnetic induction( magnet moving near coils to produce current) work in vacuum? I mean if that generator would be connected to battery to charge it - moving ...
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Why the bulb does not glow in this configuration of batteries?

I connected a bulb to a battery positive terminals with positive and negative terminals with negative . It glows as it should but when i connect the positive terminal of the same bulb to the positive ...
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What is the relationship between $V(t)$ and $V(x,y,z)$

I was recently asked this by a friend. He told me that coming from a physics background, he does not understand $V(t)$ and he believes it is purely theoretical construct made up by circuit ...
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What's the relation between output voltage and time to boil water given the same kettle?

An electric kettle rated 220V, 2000W needed 10 minutes to boil water when it is half filled with water in Singapore where the output voltage is 220V. Estimate the amount of time needed to do the ...
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What happens to a photon after it is absorbed by an antenna?

I recently have read about interception of wireless information, however this mentions that people can intercept the information, and then somehow the recipient also gets the information. Regardless ...
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Can resistance be directional?

When we think of resistance, we always think of a scalar value associated with a piece of a material. After all, resistance is but resistivity times surface geometry. But can resistance be ...
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Finding the current in a parallel circuit [closed]

Two resistors are joined as shown. The top resistor receives a current of 3 A. What is the current in the other resistor? What is the current that enters at junction A? I'm confused on how the two ...
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How is voltage increased from a battery?

I have recently watched a video about a powerful Octa-copter that uses 30,000 Volt brushless motors to propell, the batteries however look quite small about a 19v laptop battery. How is the voltage ...
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Question about indutive loads in power system [closed]

Our home appliances are mostly resistive loads and the bill we pay for consuming power is actually real power. If we use more inductive loads at our home, will it just cause problems in power factor ...
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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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Can expansion of space create energy? [duplicate]

In this question, expansion of space is considered, and it is explained that gravity and electomagnetic forces prevent matter from expanding. The idea I get in my head is something like a weight ...
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What does raising voltage do?

If I raise the voltage of a wire from 0V to 1000V and then to 5000V, am I merely packing it with more and more electrons (with those electrons being trapped there until they find a path off the wire)? ...
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Can sound produce electricity?

Energies of wind and water can produce electricity. But, can sound energy also be used to produce electricity?
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Does this person get electrified?

Does a person get electrified when his feet are on the floor, his right hand is holding $220~V$ and his left hand holding a piece of wood or any other insulator?