Voltage is the unit of measurement for electronic potential, from one point location to another.

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16 Volt on a 12 Volt LM317 Regulated Power Supply [migrated]

I recently purchased a 1,2-12V regulated power supply with an LM317 chip and accordingly, a 220V to 12V transformer. Because I did not need the added functionality of the "logic pen" facilitated by ...
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Relyance of plate distance on the capacitor equation

I am studying capacitors and i cannot seem to understand why the increase/ decrease in voltage and distance between the plates would affect the capacitor's abillity to store charge. Can anyone help?? ...
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What does a voltmeter actually measure?

For time varying fields (even quasistatic ones) the electric field is given by $${\bf E} = - \nabla \Phi - \frac{\partial {\bf A}}{\partial t}$$ So what does a voltmeter measure? Does it measure a ...
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The Zero Electric Potential of the “Earth”

I know its the potential differences that matter and generally we define the zero of the electric potential according to our convenience. I would like you to look at this standard problem: Charge ...
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AC circuit having a capacitor

Consider a parallel plate capacitor connected to an AC. The current in the circuit leads the emf by $\pi /2$. My question is, what does it mean that the current lead the emf by $\pi/2$? Does it ...
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EMF or terminal voltage?

I have a doubt that is: What does this statement mean: "a 6 V battery". Does this mean that the EMF of the battery is 6 V or the terminal voltage of the battery is 6 V? If the battery has internal ...
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Light bulbs in Series

In physics we were learning about how in series the current is the same through each resistor. So that the lightbulbs will all have the same brightness but dimmer than if there was just one bulb on ...
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Doubts wrt Electromotive force

The definition of emf states that when a cell is in open circuit , the potential difference between the terminals of the cell is called the emf. Now i dont understand that how can p.d. be taken into ...
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How does the current flows through the collector-base junction of an NPN transistor operating in saturation? [migrated]

From what I understand, in the saturation mode of NPN transistor, both EB and CB junctions are forward biased. Now, if the voltage across CB causes it to be forward-biased, how does the current flow ...
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Charge Magnitude Based on Isoline Spacing

Suppose we have two positive charges of unknown magnitudes. We are given the isoline map (the equipotential lines) for the two-charge system. One has isolines more "squashed together" (more closely ...
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Is it possible to determine how many electrons there are in a plate from its voltage?

We've just stared doing voltage in school, and so I wondered if this is possible :) If I charge an insulated metal plate using an EHT to something like 5kV, then I've added electrons to the plate. My ...
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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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If a battery is open on one end but connected on the other, does it raise the potential on the connected end?

If a battery has one end open and other end connected to a circuit will the battery increase the potential at the point of connection?
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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 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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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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What is the potential difference between the plates? field around the plates? charge is on each plate? [closed]

What is the potential difference between the plates? field around the plates? charge is on each plate?
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Why is $\text{R}$ resistance in $\text{V=IR}$? [closed]

Today I studied about Ohm's law which states- The current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the voltage across the two points.By introducing constant of ...
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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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Charging of a battery

A battery has an Emf 6 Volts. It is completely discharged. It is charged by maintaining a potential difference of 9 Volts across it. If the internal resistance of the discharged battery is 10 ohms, ...
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Does a charge difference necessitate a potential difference?

Consider two metal objects, X and Y that when connected by a conducting wire results in a transfer of electrons from Y to X. What can be concluded about X and Y before the connection was made: ...
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Potential Energy of Point Charges in a Square [closed]

So, an AP Prep book for the Physics 2 test has the following problem: My reasoning is as follows: The total potential energy = the sum of the PE of each of the 4 charges Which will equal 4x the PE ...
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What does earthing do in electrostatics?

What does earthing actually do in electrostatics? As far as i know, it simply sets the potential of the object that is earthed to zero. To explain my question further with an example, consider this ...
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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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What exactly is Breakdown Voltage of Air?

Most of the online sources say that the breakdown voltage of air is 30kV/cm. I've made a Cockcroft Walton multiplier and I can see the air breaking in between 17-18kV/cm. Only in a discussion at one ...
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Series circuit of capacitor and ohmic resistance: Voltage drop at Capacitor? [closed]

I have a question to an exercise I am currently trying to solve. It is given an Capacitor and an ohmic resistance in a series circuit. The whole voltage is 40V, the resistor has an resistance of ...
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How does increasing the distance between 2 copper plates in a circuit affect the capacitance? [duplicate]

We have been told that the voltage decreases, but not been given a proper explanation by my teacher. Can anyone shed some light on this? Also, does increasing the distance between the plates of a ...
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Voltage homogeneity across cell membrane

During respiration, individual cells produce a relatively large potential difference ($\sim 100$ mV) between the inside and outside, using energy to pump $H^+$ out of the cell to the liquid ...
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Link between potential difference and voltage

Voltage in a radial electric field is given by kQ/r (where k=1/(4*pi*epsilom.0)). Voltage in a circuit is given by IR, so if R=0 there is no change in voltage for an electron flowing through the ...
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Plot current-voltage curve

I have been given the following question as part of an investigation for my Applied Maths course: "[...] Then construct the current-voltage curve, i.e. the dependence of $\left< \dot{\theta} ...
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Logarithm of the voltage of the inductor in RL circuit experiment is nonlinear with time

I performed an experiment about the RL circuit, with following circuit: (I used the PASCO RLC circuit lab.) By Kirchhoff's voltage law, (denoting the emf of the signal generator $\mathscr E$, ...
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If Electric field is constant in a region, does it imply potential is also constant?

I am a bit confused about these concepts- when is electric field or electric potential constant so i would appreciate if anyone could brief me about these things as well. Here i am referring to ...
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High Voltage Powerlines - clarification of energy loss

I've been having a bit of trouble understanding the High-Voltage powerlines. If I was sending power from $A \rightarrow B$, we have: Ohm's law $V = IR$ Power lost in the form of heat $P = I^2 R$ ...
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Is impedance the ratio of voltage to current at any instant?

My book defines impedance as the ratio between the amplitude of voltage to that of the current (Vmax to Imax), I just wanted to make sure whether its also true for the instantaneous values of voltage ...
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Accelerating voltage relationship to energy

if I have the accelerating voltage, how can I obtain the energy in eV? Basically, I asked someone for the energy, but instead they gave me the accelerating voltage. What more data would I need to ...
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Relationship among heat generated, power, current and voltage

Can you help me understand the relationship between current, voltage and heat generated? I tried two sets of heated gloves. One uses a battery which generates 7.4 volts x 2 amperes (14.8 watts of ...
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grounding spherical shells

a Q1 charged spherical shell A with radius of a is inside a Q2 charged spherical shell B with radius b. now A is grounded. since no force is acting on Q1 all of them should be neutralized. and at the ...
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Ohm's law deviation

In terms of superconductivities and diodes (I do not know anything else except these), Ohm's law deviate from a linear relation. I search many titles or tags for this but I did not understand properly ...
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Potential Dividers - Why do I need the second resistor?

So I am doing the OCR Physics GCSE course, and I have just learnt about potential dividers in electronic circuits. I get that the first resistor steps down the voltage so a component with a lower ...
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Potential Difference Across Components in Parallel & Series Circuits

So I have two questions, but they're kind of linked so I'm putting them in one. 1) I have a simple circuit with a battery connected to three lamps in series. If I then add a second battery but ...
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Why don't capacitor charging graphs look like other exponential growth graphs?

Sorry if this question is stupid, but I can't find any answers for this online. Physics websites show that capacitors charge and discharge exponentially. The discharging graphs of charge against time ...
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Wind turbine design question [closed]

I am planning to design a wind turbine that is has rotor blade radius of 0.915m and is connected to a generator. The generators specifications are, it is an ac generator with 5000 coil turnings and a ...
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Voltage drop across capacitors in series, why?

Basically when you connect more than 1 capacitor in series then the charge on each capacitor is same but there is a voltage drop across each capacitor. I have no intuition as to why the voltage drop ...
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DC motor, bulbs

What happens when you are getting low voltages ? Why fan becomes slow and bulb become dim ? Dye to low voltage or current? If power is V*I then due to low voltage current becomes low or not Many ...
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Charge moved across a potential difference; where does the energy for emitted radiation come from?

Let's use an electron and a 1V potential difference as a mode. In school I learned that if the electron is at the negative end of the electric field, its potential energy is equal to the work that ...
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What happens to the electrons when the voltage is increased?

I know that when the current increases, there are more electrons passing by per second. And I know as well that voltage is some difference in charge between the anod and katod. But, what I think I ...
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Voltage and reactive power

Why are reactive power and voltage related? When the control system of a generator increases/decreases the current of the rotor, voltage and reactive power are increased/decreased.What is the relation ...
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Self capacitance

I have two spheres of metal, each of radius $1m$, these spheres are effectively an infinite distance apart. I now connect a $1V$ power supply between these two spheres: (and wait an infinite amount ...
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Why is 2-terminal sensing less accurate than 4-terminal sensing if the internal resistance of leads is known?

I have a pretty good understanding of 2-terminal vs. 4-terminal (kelvin) sensing measurements. I understand that in the 4-terminal measurement, current is supplied by 2 terminals that are separate ...
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Resistance vs Power experiment - not linear relationship? [closed]

Ok, so I have been performing a lab experiment in class involving resistors. We were asked to set up 3x 47Ω resistors in 6 different combinations in a circuit with a 6V power supply. We also attached ...