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

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How does a plasma globe work?

I am trying to simulate a plasma globe using computer. But I do not know how to model the motion of its filaments. My first guess is to construct a potential field. And the filaments are the paths ...
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How does light get from one bulb to another in a sequence of light bulb?

How does light get from one bulb to another in a sequence of light? Like in the advertisements or a smaller group? Is it the same light?
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What happens to gas molecules after ionization?

I know that gas molecules conduct electricity after they get ionized but what will happen if we keep increasing the voltage even after ionization? Will it explode? If it will then how much energy ...
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What would we observe from thompson's lamp thought experiment?

The thought experiment goes like this: Say there is some circuit which turns a lamp on/off with just a flick of a switch. Say its off; you flick it, it turns on; flick it again it turns off, ...
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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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Electric and Water Flow Analogy

I’ve been studying electricity lately and it has been quite hard to understand the terminology, and picturing it in my mind. After struggling to understand what each property of electric currents ...
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Why are downed power lines dangerous?

A friend of mine was telling me about a storm that knocked down a power line over at their place, and it got me to thinking. Why are downed power lines dangerous? I don't see any good reason for it. ...
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Using increase in pressure from melting of ice to produce energy? [on hold]

When ice is melted in a sealed piston, it would increase the pressure within and cause the piston to rise, right? Could this be combined with piezoelectric generator to produce electricity? If so, why ...
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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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“+” and “-” sign in Maxwell Stress tensor

I have trouble in determining the "+" and "-" sign of momentum per unit time, per unit area of the following question. Why in the second part, $d\vec{a}$ is pointing in the $ -\vec{z} $ direction? I ...
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Birds sitting on electric wires: potential difference between their feet

We have seen birds sitting on uninsulated electric wires of high voltage transmission lines overhead without getting harmed, because sitting on only one wire doesn't complete any circuit. But what ...
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Will the current carrying solid conductors emit light?

If we pass current through a gas, like in the discharge tube, the electrons will accelerate in the electric field. The accelerated electrons will collide with gas molecules, and transfer some of their ...
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what will happen when you attached your hand to a two 220 volt wire of their phase defference by 120 degree? [on hold]

What will happen when you attached your hand to a two 220volt wire with their phase difference by 120 degree?
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Calculating kWh from time series of kW

I have a time series of kW where each sample is measured at regular intervals (10 seconds). Could anyone explain to me how could I calculate the total power consumed (kWh) over an hour? Thanks
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How does current flow in a irregularly shaped heterogeneous resistor?

The motivation for my question is understanding how electricity gets through your skin as opposed to running along it, and how the presence of things like water on the skin affect the relative ...
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What happens to an Electron when its charge is transferred elsewhere [on hold]

I am vastly uneducated in the areas of physics and chemistry. I am aware that electrons do have a mass, and that they carry a charge. I think that when an electron gains energy it becomes excited and ...
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Temperature and resistance?

Why does resistivity increase with temperature? The explanations I have heard so far are that increasing temperature increases vibrations in the lattice structure resulting in the number of ...
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Charge of an electric wire

If an electric current is flowing through an electric wire, can we consider that wire charged? The answer is required with a proof. Can we consider the wire to be charged positively or negatively?
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In a positively biaed PN junction, where do the injection carriers come from?

I am not quite understand i-v character of PN-junction diode. Here is the model in textbook. The PN junction diode can be divided into three regions. They are One depletion region near the PN ...
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Carrier charge density [on hold]

A conductor has increasing cross sectional area. Will the carrier charge density change? And will the drift velocity change according to change in magnitude of carrier charge density or will it ...
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Why does the comb attract the pieces of papers if they're neutral?

When we rub our hairs with a comb, and then try to attract small pieces of paper, they're attracted by the comb. The pieces of the paper were not electrified before they were attracted. Then they ...
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How Special Relativity causes magnetism

So my physics teacher assigned us an article about how special relativity causes magnetism in a wire with a current, even with the low drift velocities of electrons in a current. It seemed that the ...
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electron levels in a high voltage conductor

what is the electron energy level in a 300,000 volt power line? This voltage is way above the ionisation potential but electrons are not emitted from the wire.
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Power wasted and power delivered?

If a power source is supplying a current I and a voltage V, that travels to its destination through resistors of restance R is the power delivered at the destination = $VI - RI^2$, where $(Pi=) VI$ is ...
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combination of cells

There are m*n identical cells of emf E and internal resistance r connected in parallel rows. This combination of cells is connected across an external resistance R. For what arrangement of the ...
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How does 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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Why do grapes in a microwave oven produce plasma?

Some of you may know this experience (Grape + Microwave oven = Plasma video link): take a grape that you almost split in two parts, letting just a tiny piece of skin making a link between each ...
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Why does electricity flowing through a copper coil generate a magnetic field?

Can some one please explain to me why electricity flowing though a copper coil generates a magnetic field or where I could possibly find that information? Are there other materials that produce a ...
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Wattage of a motor need to move a load? [closed]

How can I calculate the wattage needed for a motor at 48 volts that is directly attached to a wheel with a diameter of 17" to move a 200 pound load that is above the single axle/wheel? Assuming the ...
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Sphere between two parallel plates [closed]

I'm stuck on the following physics question; I'm not sure how much, if any, of what I'm doing is right: A small sphere of mass 1.0 × 10−6 kg carries a total charge of 2.0 × 10−8 C. The sphere hangs ...
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How are electric flux calculations not double integrals?

A disk of radius 0.10 m is oriented with its normal unit vector $\hat{n}$ at 30$^{\circ}$ to a uniform electric field $\vec{E}$ of magnitude 2000 N/C. What is the electric flux through the disk? ...
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Battery Capacity vs. Battery draw

Pardon my ignorance but I just can seem to find an Answer to my question and I hope that you can help me. What is the equation for calculating how long a Lithium Battery can supply a device? For ...
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The workings of the Hall effect?

I want to ask about the workings of the Hall effect. Why do the electrons come to rest on the edge of the wire? The magnetic field pushes them up, and the electric field pushes them forward. Shouldn't ...
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Dielectric slab counter-intuitive formula?

For the calculation of force on one of the two equal(in magnitude, opposite in sign) point charges separated by $r$ with a dielectric slab of dielectric constant $K$ and width $d$ in between, 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 are all the lines on a double circuit tower?

I understand what three-phase power is. But when I look at some pictures of a double-circuit-three-phase-power-line I see two or three lines close together? What is the purpose of these lines close ...
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Circuits and Power

"The diagram below represents a simple circuit composed of 5 identical light bulbs and 2 flashlight batteries. Which bulb (or bulbs) would you expect to be the brightest? a) V only b) V and W ...
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Why does not my power stop when alternating current goes at 0 between positive and negative?

I am having some trouble understanding three-phase alternating current. I realize that most houses are not three-phase but single phase. Would that not mean that at some point when the flow of ...
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Does 1 volt cancel out 1 ohm? Can current be 0? [closed]

$V=IR$ Right? $100 (\rm{V}) = 0 (\rm{A}) \times 100 (\rm{\Omega})$ Lets say something has $100 \rm V$ potential But since this object is surrounded by air and current is not flowing therefore there ...
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If the current is increased, is there more charge flowing or is it moving quicker?

Problem Current is the amount of charge that is flowing through a component per unit of time. For a given voltage, Ohm's law tells us that if we increase the resistance, then the current must ...
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why is universe neutrally charged?

I've read that the universe is neutrally charged. Therefore the number of protons and electrons of the universe are equal. But why the universe is neutral? What problem is caused if we assume that the ...
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Charging 12V 150Ah battery

I want to charge a 12V battery of 150Ah with a solar panel. The solar panel specs is 12V, 25 Watt. Can anyone please provide me how to calculate that how much time it will take to charge the battery? ...
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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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Current when the slide wire attains a constant velocity

In a slide wire generator, when the slide wire attains a final constant velocity, is the current in the circuit 0? It does not make sense if it is 0 as the area keeps increasing, allowing more flux ...
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Round bulb and Long bulb in Series Circuit

If you have a series circuit with a battery, one round bulb (with thicker filament), and one long bulb (with thinner filament), the round bulb does not light up and only the long bulb lights up. ...
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How “earthing” electricity work?

I made a simple bulb-battery circuit and then I cut one of the wires and attached both ends to cemented floor, the bulb didn't glow, this means cemented floor is a ...
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Source of electrons in Crooks tube experiment (Inside the Discharge tube)

In the experiment, gases are put at low pressure inside the discharge tube. Now the issue that arises is a very simple one. ...
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Why do power lines buzz more when it is low-humidity outside?

I have observed that the power lines buzz louder when there is less moisture in the air. Why is this? If it will help the lines are located on the foot hills of a nearby mountain.
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Why does voltage remains same over Parallel Circuit

Why does voltage remains same over parallel circuit. If a resistor is connected in the circuit some of the charge should be transformed into heat and make a lack of charge after the resistor (in my ...
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Why does holding an electrical switch in between on and off states cause sparks?

If air is a bad conductor, then why do sparks develop when an electrical switch is held in between on and off states? Why are sparks generated when cables carrying heavy electric current are brought ...