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

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How is a variable potential divider able to reduce current/voltage through a component to zero, unlike a variable resistor?

For example, the diagram in my text book shows a filament lamp, in series with a uniform resistive wire, which can have its voltage and current varied by moving the sliding contact, e.g., a ...
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Why is resistance $U/I$ rather than $I/U$?

What is the difference between resistance and conductance and why is resistance $U/I$ and not $I/U$? (I know $I/U$ is conductance.) But I don't see the difference between both.
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Why does a variable potential divider have the ability to reduce current through a component to zero

For example, the diagram in my text book: shows a filament lamp, in series with a uniform resistive wire, which can have its voltage and current varied by moving the sliding contact, e.g., a ...
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Accelerating potential

Will an accelerating potential accelerate a neutral atom? For example, consider an atom of hydrogen subjected to an accelerating potential of $V$. As the kinetic energy of a particle accelerated by a ...
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How is a potential divider able to reduce current to zero?

For example, a filament lamp, in series with a uniform resistive wire, can have its voltage varied by moving the sliding contact, e.g., a rotatable wheel. However, why is a potential divider able to ...
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How to calculate ion lithium battery voltage?

I have raw data from cyclic voltammetry test of ion-lithium battery. But I need nominal voltage or Open Circuit Voltge (OCV), like is reported in the literature. But I only have Voltage (V) vs ...
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What exactly is potential difference? What are the factors that effect it?

I am asking this question because at first I thought that this concept was pretty clear to me, but it is not. So, my first question: Is potential difference only a property of an electric field? If ...
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$P=V^2/R$ confusion

I am confused on how to apply the formula $P=\frac{V^2}{R}$ If I am given a bulb say with power 60W and it is connected to a supply of 120V. Then the resistance of the bulb is 240$\Omega$ but if ...
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Transformers: relation between their current, voltage and resistance

My current understanding Transformers are used to step up and down voltage keeping power constant. Hence, for example, if I step up some voltage, the current will decrease in the secondary circuit. ...
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How to control a dc motor? [closed]

I am in 8th standard and I am doing a project on 3d printing pens. I want to know how to control a dc motor, so that when I press a button it should increase its speed gradually till it reaches its ...
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Understanding parallel plate capacitors [closed]

I need help with understanding this assignment. I originally though of using the equation of Eo*A/D = Q/ΔV but I don't know how to answer this without actual numbers to plug in besides the epsilon-not ...
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Voltage wave reflections in transmission line loaded by matched resistor

Suppose I have a power source, a transmission line and a resistive load all connected together and all sharing the same impedance. If I send a voltage pulse starting at the power source, traveling ...
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Determining initial voltage across a capacitor [closed]

This one has got me stumped. I have a graph of voltage vs time and a corresponding power vs time graph. Taking the integral of the power vs time graph gives me the work done on the capacitor. Now the ...
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Build a device that can set voltage according to intensity of the light shined [closed]

I want to build a device that uses photodiodes and photoresistors to set the voltage in the circuit that shines a bulb. The idea is simple. When the light is intense, the bulb should shine less, when ...
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Charging by induction [closed]

When we charge an conductor by induction and grounding, we first bring a negative charge to the conductor. As a result the mobile electrons of the conductor get repelled and stay far from the negative ...
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What changes in the electrons before and after a voltage drop?

It is easy to visualize gravitational potential energy as a function of the position of height, and a change in this potential is manifested in a change in height. Further, by the work-energy theorem ...
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Potential difference across a resistor

I would like to know if the potential difference between the two ends of the resistance is same as the potential difference between any tow points in the resistance whose length is smaller than the ...
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Kirchoff's rules and inductance

Can Kirchoff's loop rule be applied in a scenario involving an inductor? Kirchoff's loop rule states that the closed loop integral of E dot dl is equal to zero. But, in a situation with an inductor, a ...
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Electric field along a wire and load

I have referred to many books and all of them apply loss in potential across a resistor only in case of circuits. However, the electric field is present in the whole conductor. Hence the electrons ...
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Why is current shared in a parallel circuit but not a series circuit?

Electricity test coming up. It's not clear to me why current is shared in a parallel circuit but not a series circuit.
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Applying Kirchoff voltage law to a short circuit

If you consider an ideal wire with no resistance that shorts an ideal battery, the only voltage drop that exists is the emf of the battery, with nothing to balance it. Obviously in the real world ...
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How polarized object's polarized atoms behaves like charge?

Electrical polarization is just the shifting of the constituent atoms' protons and electrons in opposite directions. This creates a bound charge, and this bound charge creates voltage and thus an ...
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Modeling the working of a transformer by pushing magnet into a coil

Let me go step-by-step. First I will outline a simple transformer. There are two circuits next to each other (not touching). One is an electromagnet set-up (with AC supply) and the other has a ...
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Best Piezoelectric crystal [closed]

Which piezoelectric crystal produces the maximum voltage?
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Is the electric field in the wires of the parallel circuit always the same and how that affects current?

When we connect two resistors connected in parallel with a battery, it creates an electric field through this wire. well, my question here: Is the electric field in the main wire is the same as the ...
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Voltage and Current

I know that as voltage increases, current increases by $V=IR$, but I really find some difficulty in understanding this at the atomic level (what happens with the electrons inside that wire). I ...
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Current through resistors crossing each other [closed]

Calculate the current shown by the ammeter A in the given circuit. I've searched the internet but didn't know how to search for it. Please help
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Which light bulb will burn out? [closed]

We have 5 light bulbs connected in series assuming all bulbs have identical characteristics. The environment is identical for all bulbs. Wire is superconductor (0 Ohm) and is thick enough to deliver ...
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Voltage and Current in an Electromagnet

I'm having a little bit of trouble with electromagnets. I know that a magnetic field is induced by current flowing through a conductor, but what role does voltage play? Does it have an effect on the ...
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What were the experiments performed that lead to ohm's Law

How was the relationship of $V=IR$ first developed? What were the experiments that were preformed that lead to Ohm's Law? I understand that they had devices during George Ohm's time to measure current ...
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Fréedericksz transition question

What is the lowest voltage needed for a Fréedericksz transition to occur?
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High voltage arc stability reasons (in some cases shape of the arc is rapidly changing)

When turning off 500kV switch we can see an arc like on this picture this arc is very unstable, curved, distorted. It consists of many little loops. While on this picture electric arc patiently goes ...
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How to draw + and - and $\nabla \times E$ on a circular wire?

Faraday's Law: $$\vec{\nabla}\times\vec{E}=-\frac{\partial\vec{B}}{\partial t}$$ Circulation of electric field: For time-varying magnetic field and a closed wire, How can we add + and - pole ...
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How could a current passing through a resistance create a voltage as predicted by Ohm's Law?

I have a question about the classic relation $V = RI.$ I know that is the voltage that creates the electrostatic force. But I do not understand how, in a circuit with just a current source and a ...
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Induced EMF dependent on terminal wire connection?

Figure(a): When a conductor moving inside magnetic field, of a given length at a certain velocity the induced EMF is: $$\epsilon = vBL$$ However, what if we changed the position where the bottom ...
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How to calculate resistivity of ring [closed]

Q: In a resistance experiment, a gold ring was connected into a circuit as a resistor. The connections touched on diametrically opposite points on the circular ring. Its diameter is 2cm, and the ...
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Voltage and Energy in a capacitor [duplicate]

Well, my first question is related to the energy of the capacitor. Why does the energy of capacitor equals $E=\frac{1}{2}QV$ and not $E=QV$;in other words, why we multiplied it by $\frac{1}{2}$?? My ...
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Resistor and voltage drop [duplicate]

I know that a voltage drop of a resistor is the energy lost from the potential energy of the electrons.well, what i am really confused about is why the potential energy of the electron decreases as it ...
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Does voltage always cause current?

I'm wondering if the following statement is fully correct: Voltage causes current through a closed circuit, but through an inductor it is the change in current that causes a voltage. Obviously ...
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What happens to the resistance, voltage and current when DC passes through saltwater?

I have a circuit of a battery(1.5V or 9V) connected to a multimeter, a connected to 2 metal pieces in water(distilled)(see picture, in place of the LED is a multimeter). With the addition of salt 1. ...
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What is the potential difference between $a$ and $b$ in this basic circuit, when the switch is open? [closed]

My professor says the potential difference between $a$ and $b$ is the difference between the voltages on the top left capacitor and the bottom right capacitor. My friend and I however both think it's ...
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What is the voltage in this circuit? [closed]

Attached is an image of circuit diagram for which I was asked to calculate the voltage for. However, because of the lack of information provided I belive this is impossible. Am I correct?
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Will a bulb glow brighter if voltage is increased but current remains the same?

I understand that increasing voltage increases the energy given to each coulomb in the circuit, so in theory more energy given to a bulb should make a bulb glow brighter. But also if voltage is ...
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Is the number of turns in a loop part of the magnetic flux?

In all both my physics textbooks, the number of loops $N$ is left out of the equation for magnetic flux $\phi_B = \int_s \vec B \cdotp\hat n dA$ and only when calculating the Emf induced by an ...
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Is resistance the gradient in a $V/I$ graph?

We have a circuit where there is a variable resistor, and we increase this resistance at a steady rate, while increasing current. Thus we have increasing voltage. The gradient is defined by $dy/dx$. ...
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Solving circuit problems

I'd like to know why in a parallel loop, the voltage, along with the current, isn't divided. e.g. in this image from a youtube video the voltage in parallel loop is the same across both ...
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Is “applying a voltage” the same as “applying a potential” to an electrode?

From what I understand, voltage is the potential difference, but it seems like the terms are used interchangeably. This is confusing me because I am only just learning what these terms mean. I'm also ...
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Capacitance question

A capacitors capacitance, C is equal to Q/V right? If Q was somehow cut in half, would the potential difference also be cut in half, since V is directly proportional to Q? And if so, Its C would be ...
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Explanation to the flow of charge

I came across a really cool Cymatics video: There is one part in the video which is unclear to me. Please refer to the snapshot below taken at 05:15. I see the equipment being close to a Van de ...
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Why do Capacitor Inductor circuits Oscillate instead of reaching equilibrium?

When the capacitor is fully charged there is a potential difference between its poles and that creates a current. This current would create a magnetic field that is changing in the Inductor (because ...