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

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Electric field 0 everywhere inside Gaussian surface

Gauss's Law shows that the electric field everywhere inside a spherical shell of uniform charge density is $0$. Suppose we have a surface which divides space into two disjoint regions (an interior and ...
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Wireless energy flow through earths magnetic field

Seeing that technologies such as that developed by WItricity are based on magnetic fields, is it possible to transfer electricity that way through earths magnetic field?
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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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Show that the current in a cylindrical conductor is uniformly distributed across it's cross section

Using relevant equations for E and J, show that the current in a steady current I in a cylindrical conductor with uniform conductivity $\sigma$ is uniformly distributed across its cross-section. I ...
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How to check the ohmic contact to the film?

I have a thin semiconductor film deposited on an isolating substrate. I would like to check different metals to find out do they form the ohmic contact or Schottky barrier. What is the best way to do ...
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Long life energy usage

Im doing a project on school. I want to re-use energy. I know that it will not run forever (but i hope it runs very long). So i wanted to ask if the image below is right and i could use it at school. ...
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Why the bulb glows brighter?

If the total current is divided into the branches in a parallel configuration and it is constant in series. How come the bulbs glow brighter when connected in parallel than when connected in series?
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Getting Deep into Drift Velocity

We know for a metallic conductor Current $\frac{I}{enA} = v$ where $v$ is drift velocity , $e$ is the charge of an electron, $n$ is no of electrons per unit volume and $A$ is area of cross section. ...
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Biological Signal Extraction Methods

EEG / MEG Back in 1929 Hans Berger recorded the first electrical potential variations in the brain from the scalp. Great advances have been made in this science since discover, with many scientists ...
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How does the solar cell work?

As of i know that a solar cell consists of a transistor(NP) .First step it creates a barrier between the n type and the p type junction.Then following that the sunlight i.e,(the photons) supply ...
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How to accurately mark with arrows an electric circuit

As I understood, we choose to mark the current with arrows going from the plus pole to the minus pole (even though we know that in reality it is the contrary). As I'm looking at electric circuits, I ...
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Repulsion of electric charges

If a take a vacuum tube and put electrons in it and put a negative ion strip or something like that outside the tube will the electrons inside the tube start moving due to the repulsion of charges of ...
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Measured voltage on coil

I have a simple circuit of coil with inductance L $$u_c(t)= -L\frac{di}{dt}$$ and AC source with output voltage $u_s$ What is actually measured by the voltmeter ($u_c$, $u_s$ or $u_s - u_c$)? If ...
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Electricity is the movement of electrons or ions?

Electricity is the movement of electrons from one atom to another or the movement of charged negative particles (ions)?
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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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In what direction will this magnet move? [on hold]

What will be the direction movement of small ringshaped magnet when place inside the big ringshaped magnet with the same poles?
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Field inside a wire?

This answer gives a great explanation of why the field inside a wire connected to a battery must be equal at all points: Why doesn't the electric field inside a wire in a circuit fall off with ...
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Understanding the relationship between electric energy and force

I'm trying to do the following problem: One of the three types of radioactive decay is "β decay", during which protons decay into neutrons or vice­versa, emitting either electrons (β­) or positrons ...
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Derivation of Faraday's law using Lorentz force?

For a stationary loop of wire with a time varying magnetic field $\vec{B}(t)$ through it. Is it possible to derive Faraday's law, using only the Lorentz force $$\vec{F}=q \vec v\times \vec B \tag ...
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Why can't I connection the anode of a battery to the cathode of an other battery and get a current flowing?

If I touch the anode of a battery or connect the anode the the cathode of an other battery, none (or rather: a very small current) flows between those two. If I instead connect the connect the anode ...
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How does current work

In all diagrams i have ever seen of circuits it's implied that electrons travel through load/bulb and bulb makes light/heat. Now there is a problem here...because of this implied logic i assumed more ...
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How does the X-Y mode of an oscilloscope work?

I recently used an oscilloscope in X-Y mode to draw the phase ellipse of two voltages. I then used the formula $\phi = \arcsin(2y/B)$ where $y$ is the value of the ellipse at $x = 0$ and $B$ is the ...
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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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What is an electric charge? [closed]

Can you explain to me what is an electric charge? In particular: Where is it? How does it look(in a figurative sense, I know that we can't see it)? What is inside the charge? I want to know ...
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current passing in primary circuit of transformer

When the secondary circuit is open ,why does the self induction found in primary coil would resist the flow of current in it? whereas in the small examples that I have taken in my studies from coils ...
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Which of the following has higher resistance - milliammeter or ammeter?

The question is the same as the heading - Which of the following has higher resistance - milliammeter or ammeter ? Now my teacher's and my answers don't match. It is assumed that the spring constant ...
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Non-linearity of energy conversion efficiency

I have a very general question to all of you. I am wondering if there is any basic physics principle that would state that energy conversion efficiency will be always non-linear (for the practical ...
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Can incandescent light bulb can be brighter if fixed power?

I found that luminous efficacy of 60 W tungsten incandescent bulb is 14.5 lm/W. Is this value defined by design details listed above or it depends on something else too? Can we design 60 W tungsten ...
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Capacitor circuits with light bulb

Let's say we have a normal circuit with a light bulb, with wires and a battery. When one places a capacitor in this circuit, how is the light bulb able to light up, even when the capacitor prevents ...
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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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Is it possible that a battery goes flat faster in a cold environment?

I own an old iPod Classic with original lithium-ion polymer battery and I use it primarily while running. Recently I discovered that when a temperature outside is low, usually below 5 C degrees, the ...
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Static Electricity - Plastic comb, hair and small pieces of paper doesn't work for me?

All I have to do is run the plastic comb through my hair and hover it over small pieces of paper, right? The comb should then be charged and attract the pieces of paper... but that doesn't seem to ...
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What can happen when 2.3*10^28 positrons collide with 2.3*10^28 electrons? [closed]

I'm interested in this question after a writer friend asked me what happens when a human gets bombarded with positrons. Didn't want to post this under scifi because I want more "scientific" answers... ...
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How can one explain the Kelvin Water drop experiment without assuming the container to already possess a positive charge?

Kelvin Water Dropper experiment refers to the electrostatic generator invented by Lord Kelvin, which uses falling water to generate a voltage by electrostatic induction occurring between ...
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Where do the electrons go?

In our house most of the plug-points have 2 holes. I know that one hole is neutral and other one supplies electricity. I can say that when i plug any device and turn the switch on electricity starts ...
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Static electricity experiment

My teacher always asks me to do the experiments on static electricity in winter. I don't know why? What will happen if I conduct the experiment in monsoon?
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Impurity scattering temperature dependence

Is there any temperature dependence of relaxation time in impurity scattering of conducting electrons? It seems to me that there is none. But, some people claim that there is. So if you could ...
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Filament Lamp equation (Current/Voltage)

I'm starting to work with simple circuits (learning how to measure electromagnetic variables). I have been looking up on the internet for a formula or deduction of a formula that relates the current ...
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Can Gases conduct Electricity?

Liquid electrolytes ionize and hence a current can pass through them. So if a gas can ionize, can it conduct electricity too? If so, what are a few such gases?
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Resistance of a cylinder contacted by two smaller circular faces

Suppose we have a solid homogeneous cylinder with radius $a$, heigth $h$ and conductivity $\sigma$. The top and the bottom face is contacted with a smaller circular face with radius $b$. How can I ...
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Can this electrcity generated by a superconductor used for other purposes other than levitation? or together for both purposes

i want to ask whether the electricity produced by superconductor can be used up of other purposes other than levitating it, or can it be used for two purposes that are levitation and for eg lighting ...
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Basic Conductor question

I have just taken a physics test in my high school in which one question posed that a positively charged rod is held near two uncharged spheres being held by silk filaments. Sphere 1 is held by a dry ...
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Why doesn't a levitating superconductor generate usable electricity?

Why doesn't a super cooled superconductor generate usable electricity due to the phenomenon of electromagnetic induction when placed upon a magnet? I basically mean, why can't it create electricity by ...
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Why is the potential difference across these two capacitors both 9V?

So above are two difference circuits, each with a 9V battery and a capacitor of the same capacitance. $C_1=C_2$ Why is the potential difference across both capacitors 9V? Shouldn't it be less than ...
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Electrical network of current sources - What happens if one source is defect?

Suppose you have connected in a parallel circuit a pair of, say for the sake of concretness 5 sources of 300 mA and 0,5 V each, which are themselves connected together in series. Hence, in total one ...
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Why are trampolines more likely to give you a static shock when it is sunny?

It could just be in my head but I have noticed that I am more likely to get a static shock from my tramp when it is sunny than when it is not sunny. Is there a reason for this?
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Potential difference on a curcuit

Above is a simple circuit. It has a voltage of 9V between the two terminals. I have drawn red lines which look like vectors, indicating how the current will flow. From the above diagram, I have a ...
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Why do bowlers rub the ball before bowling in a cricket match

Why do bowlers rub the ball before bowling in a cricket match? What is the science behind it? Is it because of friction?
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How would you define a difference in potential?

I'm currently in 12th grade, and am required to write an essay about physics and biology. The topic of the essay is the artificial brain (with the researches of the Human Brain Project in Switzerland ...
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Wait… why exactly does farady's ice pail experiment prove Gauss's law?

You'll notice there are no equations in this: that's because this is a question of morale, not of math. But a humble one at that! I come to learn, not to expound. But don't let that limit the form ...