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

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Is it safe to use the USB ports of a 110v surge protector connected to a 220v socket? [on hold]

During my visit to the US, I have bought a surge protector with USB ports: Monster Power EXP 350 I'd like to know if it is safe to use while connected to a 220V european power socket, using a ...
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How can a battery charge up another battery to a higher percentage?

Say I have my phone on 5% and a large battery pack on 35% and I charge the phone. By the end the phone is on 100% and the pack is on 12%. How can the battery pack charge the phone up to a higher ...
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Measuring a capacitor accurately [on hold]

I want to accurately measure the value of an electrolytic capacitor at DC voltages, and accurately predict its voltage based on current drawn from it, or put the other way, accurately measure the ...
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Poisson's equation with point source

PDE's are not my thing, but I'm trying to calculate the voltage in a finite conducting sphere, based on a point current source. With Poisson's equation of $\nabla^2\Phi = -\frac{J}{\sigma}$, where $J$...
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Elementary derivation of $P = UI$ starting from the definition of voltage as work done per unit charge

Consider the following elementary derivation of the formula $P = VI$ for Joule heating of a resistor $R$ for the dissipated power $P$ where the voltage over the resistor is $V$ and the current $I$. ...
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Proof of Kirchoff's second law [on hold]

There are 2 approaches I have stumbled to prove Kirchhoff's second law: Derive it from the conservation of energy. You can derive that from "integral of E*ds = 0". Can you show me a full or at ...
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Different voltage drops depending on the path

I was working through a problem in electromagnetic induction when I discovered that I have a fundamental ignorance of some sort that is puzzling me. Consider a circular wire, at rest, perpendicular ...
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Voltage in parallel and series connection

In series connection, voltage is said to be different and current constant across the circuit. How does it come about ? Is it due to the accumulation of electrons on one side due to resistors? Or, if ...
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Why do proportionality constants come on only one side?

We know that voltage is directly proportional to current. Then if we change proportionality to equality, we get $V=IR$. Why not $I=RV$??
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How SPAD work over Break Down voltage?

SPAD (Single Photon Avalanche Detector) works beyond Breakdown Voltage which is mentioned as Geiger Mode. But how this actually working. When bias voltage aceede breakdown voltage, generally high ...
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Electrical gradient

I'm a zoology minor and I'm trying to understand electrical gradient. I found this explanation in an authentic website but cannot undertand it fully. An unequal distribution of charges across the ...
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How does voltage produce current?

I am studying electric current and i dont understand how does voltage(potential difference )produce current? PS : I am a 10th grade student so please avoid complicated terminologies.
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Why does there have to be an electric field if there is potential difference?

I read in a few books that there is always an electric field if there is an electric potential. I went through this but the question on this page only states that there is an electric field and it is ...
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Solar cell efficiency

What is the relation between open circuit voltage and efficiency of the solar cell? Let say that I include the graph of Voc and efficiency in my result. How to relate them both? Thanks :)
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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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Does charge injection from electrodes increases the total charge in a (semi)conductive channel?

When a (semi)conductor is connected to a voltage bias, a charge is injected by the electrodes. When steady state is reached (constant current flow), does the total charge of the (semi)conductor differ ...
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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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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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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: A) ...
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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 10kΩ....
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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 ...