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

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How do the different types of energy apply to voltage in a circuit

I was just wondering what happens in a circuit in terms of different types of energy transformations. If you apply a voltage to a circuit then electrons start moving (very slowly). Since the electrons ...
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Electricity and electric fields equations

Whats the difference or relationship of $q$ between the equations $E=F/q$, $v=W/Q$ and $Q =ne$ ?
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Why does pushing a magnet inside a solenoid produce current?

If you push a bar magnet inside a solenoid, a current is produced. But why is that? I mean, the wire is being moved along the magnetic field, so taking the cross product: $\vec{F} = ...
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Why doesn't current induced by changes in flux affect the flux, while current induced by a battery does?

Faraday's law states $V=-\frac{\mathrm{d}F}{\mathrm{d}t}$, where $F$ is flux. Since $V=IR$ for passive circuits, $I = V/R = -\frac{1}{R}\frac{\mathrm{d}F}{\mathrm{d}t}.$ But by the Biot-Savart law, ...
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connecting two capacitor of different capacitance and p.d [on hold]

Consider two parallel plate capacitors of capacitance $C$ and $2C$ and potentials $V$ and $2V$ respectively. The positive terminal of each is connected to the negative terminal of the other. We want ...
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Why don't get I shocked in an electric shower if the resistance makes contact with water?

I've found this image that perfectly illustrates my shower. I've read somewhere that the resistance is insulated so even if it touches the water, it doesn't conduct. However, as you can see, the ...
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Current flow in absence of a potential difference

What if at two different points in a wire connected to a system of capacitors and resistors, the electric potential is equal. Will the current flow? There is also a battery connected.
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Confusion with calculating electric potential [on hold]

V = kQ/r I understand that this equation is a product of electric field and the distance through which the electric force acts, to calculate electric potential. Is not electric field non constant ...
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Is it possible to use induction ampermeter to measure power consumption of electric water heater and dryer?

I hope this practical question is not OT and not too trivial for this forum. I am renting an apartment in a duplex with a shared water heater and dryer. Turns out, both water heater and the dryer are ...
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Self studies reagarding physics [duplicate]

Firstly, i would like to apologize for the off-subject thread,but I am in desperate need for help.I am a 12th grader at a very good high school in eastern europe ,but ,unfortunately, i didn't have the ...
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Current and Resistance-Effects of the Length of the Wire

Two wires of the same material are both connected to a 9-V ideal battery. They have the same cross section area but wire 2 is twice longer than wire 1. Compare the following quantities by answering ...
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Induced current in a rectangular loop [on hold]

The question is How much heat is generated in the resistor during the loop's entire path into and out of the magnetic field? Give your answer in J. I used Faraday's law and managed to get the ...
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Basic concepts of electrostatics

How to deal with a grounded conducting sphere (I.e finding charge on it) in uniform electric field ? And if any two charged conducting spheres are in each other's electric field then will ones field ...
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Finding the resultant electric field intensity? [on hold]

Q: Two charges Q1 = 4×10^-7 and Q2 = -8×10^-7 are placed at the two corners A and B of an equilateral triangle ABP of side 20 cm. Find the resultant intensity at P? I calculated the electric field ...
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Wind turbine impact on cars fuel consumption [on hold]

I have question that I still can't resolve. How much cars fuel consumption rises(l/100km) if I attach 1 kW wind generator to cars body? How can I calculate that and what do I need to know? ...
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Ohm's law and an ideal voltmeter

In an ideal voltmeter there is infinite resistance so because of which no current is flowing through it and the voltage reading is not affected. The ohm's law stated that V = I * R In an ideal ...
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why was necessary the discovered of electromagnetism? [on hold]

Need to know much more for the necessity of electromagnetism. http://www.ck12.org/physical-science/Discovery-of-Electromagnetism-in-Physical-Science/lesson/Discovery-of-Electromagnetism-MS-PS/
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PARALLEL COMBINATION OF SUPERCONDUCTORS AND RESISTORS [duplicate]

........................please reply to the question above in the picture. I have tried a lot and have thought about it for a long time. Please help me and answer in simple words. AND I REQUEST NOT ...
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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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Power generation with a long, horizontal pipe, using atmospheric pressure differences

Straight to the point. If I float a pipe starting from a point in the ocean that has the atmospheric pressure of 101 kPa (Call it Point A) all the way to another geographic position on the ocean with ...
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Why is the total potential difference in a circuit the sum of the individual potential differences?

I am having difficulty in applying my understanding of electrical potential to circuits. Why is the total potential difference in a circuit the sum of the individual potential differences among ...
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Question about superconductivity

A long cylinder of radius $R$ is made from two different material. Its radius $r<r_0$ $(r_0<R)$ part is a material with superconducting transition temperature $T_1$, and its $r_0<r<R$ ...
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Dynamic energy of capacitors in circuit

If I have 3 capacitors and 1 battery in a circuit how should I connect them in order to have maximum dynamic energy, when I connect them with the battery? Parallel or in series?
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Electric field from conductive to dielectric media

I am interested in the main difference between transitions from electric fields from Conductive to Conductive/ Dielectric to Dielectric and Dielectric/Conductive media. What are the boundary ...
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Why are the electric force and magnetic force classified as electromagnetism?

I confuse the four kinds of fundamental interactions, so I think the electric force and magnetic force should not be classified as a big class called electromagnetism. Here is my evidence: The ...
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Electric field inside an insulator's cavity [closed]

I'm trying to find the electric field inside insulating sphere's cavity, and I don't know how. However, if there was an conductor I'd know that $E=0$ from Gauss's Law.
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Charges on outer faces of parallel plate capcitor

Can there be charges on outer charges of a parallel plate capacitor if both the plates are initially charged by different amount and then connected with a battery.
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Electricity Transformers and power

Since Power = V*I increasing voltage reduces current and so it is better to have a higher voltage. My question is, since voltage is potential difference i.e. joules per metre, increasing the voltage ...
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Difference between energy loss at high voltage and high current

When reading about power transmission one very common statement is that power is transmitted at high voltage to minimize loss in the form of heat. What confuses me is the governing equation. Aren't ...
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When potential difference is equal to the emf, isn't the current 0?

I have been told that the $emf$ is equal to the potential difference across the terminals of a cell when no current is flowing. Does that mean that the current is zero ($I=0$)?
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Microscopic fields inside a conductor

In a neutral conductor if we assume electrons as point charges, the electric field in the space between them cannot be identically zero. This microscopic field may be very weak. What if we were very ...
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Nature Of Bulb Glowing In Parallel LR circuit with bulbs

In the given circuit the switch is initially closed and then opened after some considerable time.Then which bulb will stop glowing first? Which bulb will glow more brightly?Why ? .After opening ...
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How is the current flow perpendicular to the wire?

This answer gives a great explanation of how surface charge builds up to force the current to move perpendicular to the wire: http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/102936/41086 However, it fails to ...
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Finding the stored potential energy in a uniformly charged solid sphere

my question is finding the energy stored in a charged solid sphere. I believe I have the correct answer with: E=(4π/3)ρR^3 A uniformly charged solid sphere has a charge density ρ and radius R. Find ...
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Can the Earth's magnetic field be used to generate electricity?

Since the Earth has a magnetic field, can it, in theory, be run through a conductive metal coil to create electricity?
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Physical interpretation related to a non-linear partial differential equation

I am doctoral student in pure mathematics working on a particular problem. My question is if this problem has applications to real world phenomena. I will try to explain the direct problem starting ...
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How to find the distribution of charge on two spheres connected by a conducting wire?

A solid metal sphere of radius $R$ has charge $+2Q$. A hollow spherical shell of radius $3R$, concentric with the first sphere, has net charge $-Q$. What would be the final distribution of the charge ...
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How is current produced in semiconductors or metals?

I think current is the movement of electrons through the wire or semiconductor, thus when I press the switch of the light bulb the electrons go from positive part to tungsten and light is produced. ...
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Electrocuted at Parking Pay Station After Snorkeling [closed]

This is my first time posting here so bear with me. Also, the circumstances are strange so I am posting quite a bit of detail because I don't know what is relevant and what is not. The short story is ...
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Why is the average thermal velocity 0?

Thermal velocity is the velocity of the free electron due to their random motion. So how is the average value 0?
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What does an increased time constant of a capacitor do?

If a capacitor is being charged to any voltage, what effect would increasing the time constant have on it and if a graph of Charge Q/Time T was plotted to give a positive decreasing gradient, how ...
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Question regarding Van De Graff generator Belt

I have made a VDG generator with a rubber band as the belt and a glass roller. It doesnt seem to work because I think the rubber band may be conductive. I was thinking of using other materials for ...
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charge on the capacitors

When we connecting a capacitor to a battery of $V$ volts. After it is completely charged, it is disconnected from the battery, and if we connected to another capacitor. In this case, there is no ...
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Resistivity - Resistance of a wire wounded closely together

Here is the question I'm facing, The cross sectional area of a bare wire is a square of area 1.00mm^2. A 10.0m, length of this wire is wound close together on a wooden cylinder so that neighbouring ...
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The electric field of a conductive sphere containing a charge - grounded vs not grounded

Let's suppose we have a sphere but unlike theoretical ones it'll have some thickness say $\Delta r$ and inner radius $R$. What I was wondering about is how will it behave if we place some charge $q$ ...
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The source and sink phenomenological description of charge - how realistic is it?

I've heard over and over an electron described as a source of the electric field, but that is a misleading term. Source makes one thing of a tap, with a constant flow of something coming out of it. ...
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Why both fuse and earthing ???' [migrated]

This question arose in my mind today that when you already have the fuse for safety precautions why do you need the earthing?
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No photoelectron is emitted from which of the following metals?

So there was this multiple choice question in an exercise in a bookI'm reading. I know that the forum is about discussions. But I want to know what the answer to the question is and why it is so. ...
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May the total charge in a supercapacitor be different using unipolar and bipolar voltage power supply?

Consider a supercapacitor where a Helmoltz double layer is formed at each of the 2 electrodes, which is like having 2 capacitors mounted in series, but with different polarities. The total charge at ...
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Calculating the energy supplied by a battery

If you wanted to calculate the energy supplied by a battery in time $t$ you would use $E=VIt$ where $I$ is the current through the battery. If the internal resistance is $r$ we could also use ...