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

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High voltage arc stability reasons (in some cases shape of the arc is rapidly changing)

When turning off 500kV switch we can see an arc like on this picture this arc is very unstable, curved, distorted. It consists of many little loops. While on this picture electric arc patiently goes ...
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Current in a short circuit [duplicate]

Well,if theoretically we say the value of a resistor is zero then will there be any heat dissipation across the resistor(because heat is produced only when there's a resistance to the flow of ...
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Why are negative temperature coefficient thermistors accurate for measurements of low temperatures?

Why are negative temperature coefficient thermistors accurate for measurements of low temperatures? How does higher resistance at low temperature accurately measure the temperature?
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Why do coal power stations not directly use combustion to turn the turbines?

Why do coal power stations run by creating steam rather than from the expansion due to combustion? I understand that in order to generate electricity in a coal power plant, steam is usually produced ...
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Earth as a conductor

In a lightning rod or other safety devices, charge is directed towards the earth. How the surface of the earth can be used as a conducting path despite being composed of material that is not a good ...
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How is electric field instantaneously generated inside a conductor connected across two terminals of a battery? [duplicate]

I have learnt that the electric field that is responsible for current flow is generated inside a conductor as soon as the two ends of the conductor are connected or brought in contact with the two ...
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Electrons and ionization in an electric current [closed]

Conductors have free electrons to roam, but is that equivalent to continuous ionization of atoms in a conductor, say when an electric current is running through?
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What is exactly the “negative” charge?

If we take a particle, a non neutral one, we know we can measure a distribution of charge on it. Now, the fact that this particle may have positive distribution of electric charge it's ok. Maybe ...
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How to collimate the LASER light using an electric field? [closed]

The He-Ne laser beam is passed through electric field plates. What is the mechanism occururing there and the principle of LASER light interacting with electric field?
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Voltage and Energy in a capacitor [duplicate]

Well, my first question is related to the energy of the capacitor. Why does the energy of capacitor equals $E=\frac{1}{2}QV$ and not $E=QV$;in other words, why we multiplied it by $\frac{1}{2}$?? My ...
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Can sugar be affected by a magnetic field?

While I was making a morning coffee at work, some sugar from the spoon started to fly away, seemingly towards some foam cups. Can this be explained by magnetism?
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Resistor and voltage drop [duplicate]

I know that a voltage drop of a resistor is the energy lost from the potential energy of the electrons.well, what i am really confused about is why the potential energy of the electron decreases as it ...
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Definition of electric current

As I am taught in school that electric current is the flow of electrons, but in some places I faced another definitions like transfer of energy between electrons. I thought that it is the transfer of ...
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Can pulsating DC current be transformed?

Since pulsating DC current is changing, why doesn't it induce a changing magnetic flux in the transformer core? Is it able to induce a transformed current in the secondary coil?
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What is wavelength of electric field generated in a wire? [closed]

I read link given below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_electricity Above link says _The speed at which energy or signals travel down a cable is actually the speed of the electromagnetic ...
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Does the current in a resistor depend on the speed of electrons?

If the speed of electrons in resistor is slow, then will the current be slow and if the speed of electrons is fast, then will the current be fast? Does the current in a resistor depend on the speed of ...
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Working of electric-tester [closed]

How does the circuit gets completed when we put an electric-tester glow when we put it in the +ve terminal, when actually the electrons flow from the -ve terminal ?
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Why does the frequency of a Transformer not change?

I was reading about the transformer, when I came across a note by the author that stated that the Frequency is not changed as the flux linked to the secondary coil in a transformer changes. Is there ...
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How does a wire carry alternating current?

Consider a simple network of a bulb whose two terminals are connected to two wires with open ends A and B respectively A o--------💡--------o B Now if a DC ...
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What is the voltage in this circuit? [closed]

Attached is an image of circuit diagram for which I was asked to calculate the voltage for. However, because of the lack of information provided I belive this is impossible. Am I correct?
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Constant charge in special relativity

We had special relativity introduced in our course and used it to derive some facts. At one place we used the fact that if in frame of reference $U$ the electron has charge $e$, then it also has ...
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What does it means to say an electric charged person has a higher potential voltage compared to the door?

I'm studying electric potential energy and its defined as the energy needed to move a charge inside an electric field from a point $a$ to $b$. Then, it defines electric potential energy per charge, ...
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Will a bulb glow brighter if voltage is increased but current remains the same?

I understand that increasing voltage increases the energy given to each coulomb in the circuit, so in theory more energy given to a bulb should make a bulb glow brighter. But also if voltage is ...
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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 do metals become insulators when oxidized?

I don't know the connection between how forming a new bond with oxygen then changes the density of states to transform the metal into an insulator. It seems like a very powerful transformation.
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Does the alternating current “move” such that there can be Lorentz force present on the wire?

As in question, does the alternating current "move" such that there can be Lorentz force present the wire? Becuase the current alternates on a fixed place there can be no Lorentz force?
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how the current steadily flows due to motional emf?

In motional EMF, the positive charges (current) flows from higher to lower potential. If this is the case, then the current should stop at the point of lower potential. But this does not happen - the ...
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How does an ammeter in a circuit work?

Apologies for this simple question, but I'm having trouble grasping the concept of how an ammeter works. Taking the following circuit as an example: When the switch is closed, current flows ...
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Why is it necessary for a circuit to be complete?

Can electrons not flow through a load if they do not have a path to flow to the positive terminal of the battery? Why is it absolutely necessary for electrons to end up at the positive terminal?
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In a circuit one light-second long, does it matter where in the circuit the switch is placed? [duplicate]

I was looking at this textbook example that was posted to reddit: The accompanying comments basically thrashed it saying everything was wrong. I had a specific question about it, though, and this ...
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Can electricity flow in a sufficiently large insulator? [closed]

We know that electricity cannot pass through glass and wood. but what if we decrease their resistance? We can do so by taking a very broad cylinder (high diameter) because $$R= \frac{\rho L}{A}$$
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Is “applying a voltage” the same as “applying a potential” to an electrode?

From what I understand, voltage is the potential difference, but it seems like the terms are used interchangeably. This is confusing me because I am only just learning what these terms mean. I'm also ...
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Could Nikola Tesla's idea of “using Earth as the medium for communication and power delivery” work?

According to the "Feasibility" section of the "World Wireless System" article on Wikipedia: "opinion amongst Tesla proponents ranged from the idea not being practicable to claims some of Tesla's ...
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Distance of the electric field generated by a Slayer Exciter ( Variation of tesla coil )

I'm currently trying to create a really basic simulation of a slayer exciter for a demonstration I have to give at my college. The thing is we want to know how far does the electric field produced by ...
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Can we produce a wave by oscillating current? [closed]

If Radio waves can be generated by using oscillating current so if we changed the properties of current to produce less wavelengths or light waves - I'm not asking about the possibility of producing ...
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Charges on capacitor after full charge by battery

When the charging is finished what will be the charge on an ideal parallel plate capacitor ? To be specific what are the charges on different faces of the 2 plates ? All the books say, after 100% ...
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Why does transformer winding need large numbers of turns?

In transformers there are large number of turns in winding for both primary and secondary sides around the core. So, my question is why can not we just put one or two turns in winding as we need to ...
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Avoid static electricity shock on treadmill

I've recently started getting shocked from the treadmills at the gym whenever I touched the buttons on their console. It's getting seriously hard to use them because the shock is not mild it's rather ...
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Difficulty understanding the energy transformations during resistance in a circuit

I am currently having problems understanding the energy transformations that occur when resistance in a solid conducting wire restricts current flow. From my understanding, resistance in a solid ...
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A confusion with solenoidal windings

I have seen in solenoids, toroids, transformers, electromagnets and machines that the core is pretty insulated. Over this the winding coil is wrapped but it is a bare coil (turns are not insulated to ...
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Transfer of electrons and static electricity

From what I currently understand about static electricity, electrons "jump" from one object to another, which object loses electrons depends on where it falls on the Triboelectric series. For example ...
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Are the effects of faraday's law of induction worth considering in this experiment?

In my intro to physics lab at uni, we did an experiment where we were supposed to measure the amount of kinetic energy and momentum before and after collisions between two carts. For some reason, ...
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Short Circuit Fires

I understand that if there’s low resistance, Ohm’s law shows that the current drawn will be very high. However, isn’t resistance what causes heat in a wire? I get there’s a lot of current going ...
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Open Circuits vs. Charging a Capacator

When you attach a capacitor to a battery via two wires, charge transfer occurs from one of the plates to the other. However, in an open circuit, there is infinite resistance in the dead-ended wire, ...
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How many electrons pased in electrical circuit

Assume I have electrical circuit that is connected to 5V power supply and current straight is 1A. How to know how many electrons are passed in single point per hour?
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If I lick a 9V battery, why doesn't my tongue noticeably get hotter?

Power dissipated is I^2*R, I don't know the resistance of my tongue so I can't tell how much current goes through my tongue. A resistor I have does get hot and I'm guessing it has a higher resistance ...
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Power with varible resistance

I know that P=VI, but what i was thinking about is that if we kept the voltage constant and increased the resistance, we will have less energy consumed by the resistance per second. So, this seems ...
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Current and resistance

Why the current is the same at all of the positions in a series circuit??,although there are different voltages at different positions of the circuit. What i know is that as the electron passes one ...
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Passive cathodic protection

Trying to understand what is happening when we need protect peace of Fe by placing on it more active metal (for example Zn) like ...
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The change of length of positive column in glow discharge

When I was doing the experiment of glow discharge, I lowered the voltage between electrodes and find that the length of positive column will increased quickly around a certain voltage(the interval of ...