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

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Why do some (older) wind generators have more than three blades?

Based on my personal observations, newer windmills seem to have three blades while older ones tend to have four or even more. This question has excellent discussion on my three is an optimal number. ...
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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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How do test lights (mains tester) work?

I was wondering how one-contact test lights work. Obviously there is a small current running from an energized pole through the human body somewhere that is still large enough to produce a visible ...
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What mechanisms require the use of different polarities in DC welding?

In gas metal arc welding, an electric arc forms between the work piece and a consumable wire, heating the work piece and also melting the tip of this consumable wire, which is continually fed into the ...
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Calculating Electric Field from a Potential Difference w/o Charge

So here is my homework question: Two long cylindrical shells of metal (radii $r_1$ and $r_2$, $r_2 > r_1$) are arranged coaxially. The plates are maintained at the potential difference ...
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Current between supeconducting rings

How to calculate the current between two superconducting rings with radius r separated by a distance d? Please note that being unfamiliar to the concept of superconducting rings, I can't approach ...
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Schottky and shot noise

I am looking for a little history on shot noise: when was it first predicted and first measured? In particular, what was the role of Schottky? His 1918 paper "Über spontane Stromschwankungen in ...
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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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An EM problem of polarized sphere

Today, I'm doing an EM problem and my question is exactly the same as this site shows: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=133501 To reiterate my confusion, why we can't use that integral ...
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Why do the chargers produce persistent high pitch sound?

I have noticed that my Nexus Orb charger and a charger for the shaver produce some unpleasant high pitch sounds - near the fork. Why are they doing this? Does it indicate any problem with my ...
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Magnetic flux and transformers

I have two linked quesitons, 1. what is magnetic flux linkage's formal definitaiton and 2. when people say the flux flows better thru a soft iron core then the air what do they mean by flux flowing ...
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Drift velocity of electrons in a superconducting loop

Do electrons travel at the Fermi velocity in a superconducting loop? For metals the Fermi velocity seems to be around $10^6$ m/s. So would electrons (in a Cooper pair) travel around the loop at this ...
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Conduction and propagation

What is the difference between conduction of electric wave in conductor and propagation of electromagnetic wave in dielectric? Why propagation term is used for dielectric and conduction for ...
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Different phase in capacitively coupled RLC circuits

I was trying to work with some data for a lab report I'm writing about capacitively coupled RLC circuits. The setup is pretty simple and looks like that: Where $C^{'}$ is the coupling capacitance. ...
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Electric field produced by a charged ring

I have a question I couldn't find an answer for anywhere. There is a ring of radius $R$ which is charged uniformly with linear density $\lambda$, and I have to find the electric field on any point of ...
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Finding the induced EMF on a bar - Faraday's law

I have a couple of questions about the following problem: A conducting bar of length L moves with velocity v, in a rectangular region with a uniform and stationary magnetic field B_1. Near the bar, ...
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Does all electrical insulator can be electrostatically charged?

Does all electrical insulator can be electrostatically charged, or insulator with only dielectric property can? Thank you.
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Benefits of the sign convention for electrons?

Benjamin Franklin considered electrons to be positive, but J.J. Thompson considered them negative. We obviously went with J.J. Thompson's convention. Why? What were the benefits of moving to J.J. ...
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How is derived the relation between capacitances when a $Y-\Delta$ transformation is applied in a capacitors network?

A $Y-\Delta$ transformation can be applied to circuits in order to make an equivalent circuit (but simpler to put in terms of series/parallel devices). Wikipedia and other books show how to deduce the ...
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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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Electric field screening for arbitrarily formed charge

if I have a not necessarily homogenous electric field of a charge distribution in an electrolyte and i want to find out what the electric field at some position in the electrolyte is. is there any ...
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How to size an electromagnet

How can I size an electromagnet? For example if I would to attract a mass of $x$ kg what are the calculations that I must do to size the ferromagnetic core and of course the solenoid? And thus, how ...
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Contact electricity and photoelectric effect

Most universities provide an experiment about the photoelectric effect to determine $h$ by measuring the stop voltage against the light frequency and calculating the slope $h/e$. But mostly they also ...
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Early Concepts in Relation with the Forces Produced When Certain Pairs of Objects are Rubbed Together

It was found centuries ago that these materials: wool cloth and paraffin wax, glass rod and silk cloth when rubbed against each other attracted one another. While two glass rods when rubbed against ...
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pressure required for displacing a single electron off a crystal

I need to know this for my project- "power generation using the pressure applied on a keypad of a mobile electronic device". How much pressure does it take to displace a single electron off its ...
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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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Braess's Paradox in Electrical Circuits

According to this and other similar papers, http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v352/n6337/abs/352699a0.html, adding a current-carrying path can increase the voltage drop across a circuit. What is ...
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Question on Shockley's diode equation

We owe a debt to Bell labs with Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain for inventing the semiconductor. All have now passed on. I remember seeing my first transistor radio in the early 60's. Shockley ...
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What is a boundary condition for capacitors/dielectrics?

I am extremely confused about what boundary conditions are. One minute ago I was solving easy capacitor questions and the next minute I am being asked boundary condition questions and there is no such ...
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Is it possible to transform chemical energy in electrical energy by modifying the equilibrium constant?

Considering a Daniell cell, is it possible to create endlessly electrical energy by using atmospheric temperature (for exemple) variations to modify the reaction's eqilibrium constant ? I apologize if ...
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what happens if i charge a a Li-ion battery with non nominal voltage?

Suppose that i have a li-ion battery with voltage 10V (and some capacity, say 1000mAh). Can i charge it completely using 5V voltage? What will hapen if i charge it with 12V voltage? edit: Found ...
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Carrier charge density

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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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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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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Does back emf occur in transformers?

Does back emf occur in transformers and if so does it reduce the efficiency of the transformer and can it be reduced?
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What would the graph between P (power) and i (current) look like if the graph between V (potential difference) and i is parabolic?

The answer is same... That us the graph between P and I will also be a parabola.... Similar to the graph between V and I. But how? Can anyone explain through mathematical approach ? I used ...
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How do cathode ray tubes (CRT) synthesize colours?

I just read about how LCD displays were based only on black&white contrasts, and only colour filters on each subpixel generated the colour of a pixel. However, how does that happen for a CRT? Is ...
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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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Kirchoff Loop and current

The pic of the circuit/problem: I got the problem right, but i want to make sure my reasoning is correct for the current left of the 2.1 V battery. Its the same current as $I_1$ because the ...
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Why are free electrons always moving?

Electrons move when a field acts on them. If the electrons move towards the field, they cancel out the field when enough electrons build up. Shouldn't the free electrons stop moving eventually and ...
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Why Transmission of electrical energy without wires was not practical even after Tesla's proposal

Why we couldn't transmit Electricity wirelessly even after so many proposals available proposed by Tesla ? Tesla tried to generate more interest in Wardenclyffe by revealing its ability to ...
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Does the presence of atoms hinder current flow?

When current flows through a material, electric resistance is observed when the electrons collide with the material's vibrating atoms. My textbook says that when we cool the material till the point ...
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Capacitance in a capacitor

This here is a question that I just don't know what to do with. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. "A plate capacitor consists of two plates with area 2.5 cm$^2$ at a distance of 1.6 mm from each ...
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Formation of magnetic field in an inductor

I can't really imagine the way the magnetic field would be created due to electron flow in an inductor. We say that in a straight current carrying conductor the magnetic field follows the thumb rule. ...
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What's the typical material used as a low-k ILD in semiconductors?

Semiconductor companies (namely IBM, Intel, TSMC and etc.) may use different low-k materials as inter-layer dielectric (ILD) in their fabrication process. I'm wondering what is the most typical one. ...
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Variation of electric field and current flowing

Theoretically, a change in either electric or magnetic field will cause a current to flow , I am already familiar to Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction, so I tried to search about producing a ...
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Why does an armature of a generator rotate?

Why does an armature of a generator rotate? a) like poles repel b) unlike poles attract c) current flows up d) an outside force turns it I am thinking that (d) is the correct answer but ...
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Rate of change of magnetic flux and the speed of the magnet

The faradays law is $-N*A* \frac{\Delta B} {\Delta T}$ which is the rate of change of magnetic flux times area. How to find out the voltage induced when the magnet moves through the coil and exits ...
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What is an accurate equation for joule heating?

I know two different equations that provides the joule heating effect. The first one only depends on the potential ($\varphi$) and the electrical conductivity ($\gamma$) and can de modeled based on ...
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What is the relationship between strain and electric current?

Strain or stress can be caused by different sources. I categorized theses sources as mechanical, thermal and electrical loads and formulated the total stress as follows: $$ \epsilon_{total} = ...