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

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Two charged conducting spheres when placed in contact with each other

What happens when two charged conducting spheres of different radii are brought in contact with each other. How does it affect the charge distribution and field lines of spheres?
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What can justify the decrease of the electrical conductivity with the increase of light intensity?

I have currently been working with a sample that "appears to" decrease its resistance when I cover it and protect it from light. Basically it presents the opposite behaviour of a photoresistor. What ...
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Why does it matter which way I put a battery into an electronic device?

If I take a battery, some wire, and a light bulb and hook them all in a circuit that would create a current and light the bulb. If I turned the battery around so the terminals were switched then I ...
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Can we use magnetic energy to produce electricity?

Magnets attract each other with a force (magnetic force), because they possess magnetic energy. My question is, is there any way, by which we can convert that magnetic energy into electrical energy? ...
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Principle of capacitor

It is said that second conductor reduces the potential of fist conductor and hence increases charge taking ability of first conductor My confusion... As per my limited knowledge it is electric ...
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Magnetic force on a charged particle doesn't affect total energy

So there's this sentence in a book I am reading. It states "When a charged particle is placed within a magnetic field, despite the magnetic force acting on the particle, there will be no change in the ...
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The Electric Grid: if AC load/generation causes frequency to change, what happens in a DC circuit where there is no frequency?

I've been trying to understand why, in the AC electric grid, frequency changes when there is imbalance in load and generation. Why doesn't voltage, or current, or power factor change? Why does ...
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Power current Electicity [on hold]

When A 500 W electric bulb and 500 W heater operates at their rated voltages,the filament of the bulb reaches a higher temperature than the filament of the heater.The most important reason for this is ...
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Why is capacitance defined as charge divided by voltage?

I understand that capacitance is the ability of a body to store an electrical charge and the formula is $C=\frac{Q}{V}$. What I don't understand, however, is why it is defined as coulomb per volt. Of ...
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Why does a battery die more quickly when more resistors are added to the circuit?

I will be explaining what I think: A battery acts like a pump which provides energy to do work on negative charges to move them towards the negative terminal, and hence creating an electric field. ...
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What causes the buzzing sound when the electricity changes into heat?

When I turn on any kind of electric heating (kettle, cooker, heater, ...), it keeps producing a constant buzzing sound. What is the exact cause of that sound? Do the electrons of the electric ...
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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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How commutators reverse the direction of current?

I've seen this video and read this article about commutators but I still couldn't get how commutators reverse the direction of current.I would like an simple and intuitive answer.
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Flow of charge through metal wire [on hold]

It is the flow of charge that matters -- electrical current is defined as the flow of charge. " -person W [...] if the flow of charge is all that matters; and electrons with their charge attached ...
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Power formulas? [duplicate]

Are different power formulas in circuits used for different reasons? For Example Power = V^2/R Power = I^2/R Power = VI
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Why do some people support more electricity than others?

There is a game where people hold by their hands and two of them touch the electrodes of a shock box, then an electric current flows through them. I understand that since they are all making a single ...
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What do the batteries actually do to the electrons?

I am plagued by this simple question that what force exactly causes the motion of an electron in the middle of a lattice of electrons of a wire? a. Is it an electric field created inside a wire due to ...
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Why do people say that 'power flows' into or out of a component in an electric circuit?

Currently, I am learning about electric circuits, and how to apply the basic concepts of physics, like work and energy. But I keep running into the same phrase--on Wikipedia, my textbooks, ...
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Magnet dimensions for 3-phase permanent generator

I'm making a 3-phase permenant generator. According to Faraday's law, the emf produced is negative number of turns times the change in magnetic flux over the change in time. If it is only the CHANGE ...
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Why does internal resistance increase as current decreases?

Our class conducted and experiment to investigate internal resistance and terminal pd, using a cell, fixed resistor and variable resistor. The results were as follows: As the resistance of the ...
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What will happen to a man if he hangs from the power cable of train using one hand and secondly using two hands? [duplicate]

If a man holds and hangs from the power cable of trains with one hand, will he be alive or will he die if he holds and hangs from the electric wire using two hands without touching the ground ? I ...
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How to calculate the vector potential $A$ inside an infinite cylinder using Poisson's equation? [closed]

Poisson's equation is : $$ \Delta \boldsymbol A = - \mu_0 \boldsymbol J$$ we want to calculate $\boldsymbol A$ inside an infinite cylinder with radius $a$ and the current density is $\boldsymbol ...
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Nuclear to Electricity Energy Conversion

Currently nuclear power generates heat, which heats water into steam that turns conventional turbines. The energy conversion is as follows: photonic->heat->kinetic->electric This would result in low ...
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Is Phone-Charging Plant Product Even Possible?

Bioo, a new company making the rounds in the press, claims to produce "electricity from plants' photosynthesis." Specifically, their website claims that a single potted plant with their integrated ...
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How do we get 25kV at power stations? [closed]

Could anyone tell how we get a potential difference of 25000v at power stations? Is it due to the number of electrons present or the speed of the turbine or the large induced emf generated by the ...
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Why there cannot be induction current between plates of capacitor while discharging?

If a capacitor gets charged by induction through the plates, then why there is no induction current between them while discharging instead of displacement current ?
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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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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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Why is there a potential difference?

The question then asks for the potential difference between $X$ and $Y$, which is claimed to be $3.6\text{ volts}%$. Why would there be a potential difference in this case? If I connect a lightbulb ...
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What is the difference between the potential difference and potential energy of an electron?

What is the difference between the potential difference and potential energy of an electron? Let's take an example the potential difference (PD) across a resistor. if there's a current flowing, the ...
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Does the thermal expansion of a conductor contribute to its change in resistance when it is heated?

We know that the resistance of a conductor varies with a change in temperature and we are taught that this change occurs due to the change in resistivity of the material but does the thermal expansion ...
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Use of rheostat in a potentiometer practical?

in potentiometer practical why a rheostat is used in series to potentiometer wire? as we move the jokey the primary circuit current will also change. so is it to flow same amount of current by change ...
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Assumption of element for integration

In a round wire of cross sectional radius $R$, current density varies with the radial distance from axis of wire as $J=Cx^2 \, \mathrm{A/m^2}$. Find total current flowing in wire. ($J$ = Current ...
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Water flow in salt solutions contemporary exposed to an electrical and constant magnetic field

When a permanent magnet is held motionless close to a salt solution which already has been exposed to an electrical field a flow in the water will be induced and can be detected by applying some ...
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Potential Difference of a wire?

Imagine a circuit with only a 12 Volts battery and a wire connecting the ends of the battery. Point A and point B lies on the wire. What is then the potential difference between point A and B if 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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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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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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If I charge a battery using a much higher current, can it explode?

If I have a 12V 4Ah lead acid battery and use a battery charger that, let's say for example, can charge 10A, 50A, or 100A. If I theoretically turned it to 100A will the battery explode? I understand ...
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Could we use nuclear bombs to generate electricity? [closed]

it seems the biggest problem with fusion power is confinement. on the other hand, we developed a fusion bomb in just a few years. i was wondering if it could be economically viable to use nuclear ...
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Light bulbs Flashing on when disconnected

For the 2nd time I've had a lightbulb flash on in my hand after removing from the power socket. The first time the overhead light in my hallway was out for a couple of days before I got around to ...
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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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If the electric field inside a conductor is zero then how does current flow through it? [duplicate]

I read in a book that when a conductor is placed in an electric field then the free electrons in the conductor will align in such a manner that an electric field is induced which is opposite to the ...
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Why are electrons negetively charged? [duplicate]

Why have we assigned a negative charge to electrons (and positive for protons)? I feel it would be easier if electrons were positive (thereby, protons negative)- electrons would flow in the direction ...
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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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Electrons moving in a simple circuit with a battery and a light bulb

I believe my understanding of electric currents is flawed and want some help to clear up a few things. I'm not looking for a precise scientific understanding, but to understand the basics. I'll try to ...
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With the help of a given charge is it possible to obtain a charge many times greater in magnitude

Consider a spherically conducting sphere. If a charge(say positive) is placed near the sphere, then it will lead to separation of charges inside the sphere.My question is, can we create charges more ...
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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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$ P = \frac {v^2}{R} $ derivation confusion [duplicate]

I have always had a confusion of why we use $ P = V I $ or $ P = I^2 R $ and not $ P = \frac {V^2}{R} $ for relating to power loss due to heat in high tension lines. I know there are a lot of ...
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Can capillary forces be used to make hydro electricity?

Could a device with very thin columns of glass or something that attracts water more be used to pull water up and then release it to drive generator and perhaps add vacuum. I have been wondering ...