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

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How exactly does a bulb light up?

A typical value for the electron drift velocity in a copper wire is $10^3\ \mathrm{m\ s^{-1}}$. In the circuit below, the length of the copper wire joining the negative terminal of the batter to the ...
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Lightning sprites

Lightning usually occurs due to an electrostatic discharge between an electrically-charged cloud and the Earth's surface, or between clouds. There are also sprites, electrical discharges that occur ...
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What is electric energy since electrons are not consumed?

I am interested in electronics as a hobby, so I have been reading up on the physics of electricity. I understand that difference in charge on battery terminals causes electrons to flow naturally ...
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which is efficient on solar electricity by photo voltaic or thermal

As we know solar energy used to generate electricity in two major ways: photovoltaic and thermal energy. The most small applications or personal use are mostly using solar cells. But when it comes to ...
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Can a floor made of copper pennies produce a static electric shock?

A friend is going to install thousands of pennies in a mosaic layout to be used as flooring in his home. Can this floor produce a static electric shock when walking on it? Is it possible to ...
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Why don't you get electrocuted when you jump and touch an electric fence?

I've read that you won't get electrocuted if you jump and touch an electric fence because you aren't closing the circuit with the ground. Which is also why birds don't get electrocuted when they're ...
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Will spinning DC motor in space generate infinite energy?

If I take a DC motor far in space and spin it, will it continue to spin forever and generate infinite electrical energy? If so, then won't it violate law of conservation of energy?
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Is the electric field in the wires of the parallel circuit always the same and how that affects current?

When we connect two resistors connected in parallel with a battery, it creates an electric field through this wire. well, my question here: Is the electric field in the main wire is the same as the ...
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Why does an electron lose all of its energy in a resistor?

Why does the electron uses nearly all of its energy for one resistor in a simple circuit made of a battery, wire, and resistor? I really need to know what happens exactly at the atomic level in the ...
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Voltage and Current

I know that as voltage increases, current increases by $V=IR$, but I really find some difficulty in understanding this at the atomic level (what happens with the electrons inside that wire). I ...
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Why is there an electric field in a wire even though it is a conductor?

If you take a perfect conductor, there cannot be a field across it since if there were, the particles would arrange themselves in a way to cancel out the field right? Yet, why does the same not hold ...
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Why current of a battery drops continuously in high currents?

I have asked this question on EE SE but could not get a satisfactory enough answer. I have shorted an AA battery through an ammeter. Inititially, the current reading on ammeter was around 0.9 amperes ...
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electricity and magnetism [duplicate]

A charge Q is distributed uniformly on the surface of a spherical conducting shell of radius 5 cm.The magnitude of electric field on the surface is 106 V/m. What is the magnitude of electric field20 ...
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Corona discharge leading to hexagonal structure

Hexagons appear many times in nature, and I'd like to know why they appear in this situation too. Somebody has already been kind enough to help me figure out why this phenomenon occurs - it is due to ...
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What is Electric-flux?

I've searched the question in the forum, and found the following conclusion : - "In electromagnetism, electric flux is the rate of flow of the electric field through a given area. Electric flux is ...
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What would be the capacitance of an unequal charged capacitor?

I searched for this question but I cannot get satisfactory answer. Say if we have a parallel plate or cylindrical capacitor and if I supply unequal charge to it how could I find its Capacitance. We ...
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How does electric potential relate to charge density in a wire?

Lets say we are talking about a wire with resistance connected to a battery. How is the charge density, taking into account bound and free charges, at two points connected to the electric potential ...
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Why is electric flux zero if my point charge is outside of a sphere? [duplicate]

I am currently studying Gauss Law and Electric flux , during one of my exercises they ask me to find the electric flux of a sphere with radius 5 cm and my point charge is 10 cm to the left of the ...
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Simulate Band Bending and Band Alignment in Semiconductors

Are there softwares (simple ones preferred) where we can simulate the band alignments and band bending of a p-n junction, where we can vary properties of the junction materials such as carrier ...
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comparison between current and voltage sensitivity

Current sensitivity of galvanometer is defined as deflection per unit current. $$\frac{\phi}{I}=\frac{NAB}{k}$$ Here, $\phi$ is the angular deflection,k is the torsional constant of the spring,NAB is ...
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Is there mechanical strain on a wire along the direction of current flow?

The (attractive) magnetic force on two parallel wires can be seen by the two wires bending towards each other. This can be explained by the Lorentz force acting on the charges and the charges "pulling"...
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Why not run a cable from the north pole to the south pole to access its energy (magnetic or electrical)

Would a cable tied to the North Pole around the curve of earth downwards to the South Pole give us access to a HUGE AMOUNT of energy (magnetic or electrical) by linking into it.
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Flow of electrons in an open circuit

In a closed circuit, electrons flow from negative electrode to positive electrode. In an open circuit, electrons only flow up to the end of the circuit. Why don't the electrons keep flowing into the ...
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Conductive Rod in a Magnetic Field [closed]

I have a question about induction. Imagine a conductive object being moved in a magnetic field. What forces will it experience and how does the induced current in the object affect the motion, will ...
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Why do electric pickles only glow at one end?

The electric pickle is often used as an example of a non-ohmic resistor. In the experiment, electric current excites the sodium ions inside pickle, producing very bright and intense light effect. What ...
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Why does grounding yourself prevent feeling a static shock?

Sometimes I get static electric shocks when I touch certain metallic objects. However, I seem to be able to prevent this by grounding myself by first touching that object with a small piece of metal, ...
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Analogy of Faraday Cage?

Can we think that an ideal conductor is a friction less space for electrons since under influence of electric field they create an exactly opposing field and produce shielding effect ?If so then how ...
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If I pass light through a conducting ring will I get an emf induced in the ring? Also if I do get an emf would that not violate energy conservation?

Here is what I think should happen. Light being an electromagnetic wave should have an oscillating magnetic component which should constantly change the flux linked with the conductor. Hence an emf ...
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Attracting lightning with an ion beam

Can an ion beam be strong enough to create a path for lightning to travel to the ion machine? This is what I found in a lab that may help: An ionization factor jτi (the product of electron beam ...
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Resistance used to get maximum illumination with proper security

In which way a resistance is to be connected with a bulb labelled 120V-60W when it is connected with 220V DC source so that maximum illumination with proper security is maintained? What is the ...
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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 current.)...
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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?