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

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Which expression to use for electrical power?

We know that electric power can be written as $P=VI$, or $P=\frac{V^2}{R}$, or $P=I^2R$. But when to use which one? Sometimes two different formulas give different results! Please explain with ...
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What is general strategy to find the resistance of medium?

What is general strategy to find the resistance of medium? These are some of the examples Two metal balls of the same radius $a$ are located in a homogeneous poorly conducting medium with ...
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How can I redraw this circuit where I can apply Kirchoff's Voltage and Current Law to get correct Voltage at V?

I thought I can draw the -5V as a source but it did not turn out to be right, unfortunately.
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Why does public mains power use 50-60 Hz and 100-240 V?

Is there a physical reason behind the frequency and voltage in the mains electricity? I do not want to know why exactly a certain value was chosen; I am rather interested to know why that range/order ...
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Induced emf vs Potential difference

Let a square conductor frame length l, resistance R,be pulled out with a constant velocity v from a magnetic field B perpendicular to plane of the frame .Then an emf e=Blv is produced across the ...
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Voltage Circuit

I feel that I don't understand how voltage works in a circuit. I understand voltage to be electric potential energy per unit charge (kq/r). In the case of a circuit, electrons flow from low potential ...
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Why do voltmeters and ammeters have high and low resistance respectively?

I understand why voltmeters are connected in parallel and ammeters are connected in series, but why is it that to measure voltage, you must have high resistance, and to measure current, you must have ...
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Current due to External Electric Field

Assume a conductor in a rectangle shape for simplicity. Now, if I only choose one side of this rectangle having length L, and apply external electrical field ∑ only to it(along with the wire), what ...
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Units of the derivative of a function

I have a function $\phi(\mu, \sigma)$. $\mu$ and $\sigma$ are voltages (in mV in my case), so $\phi$ is a function of two voltages. $\phi$ itself, however, is in units of time (ms in my case). ...
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How to measure the static electricity voltage?

Some of the Wimshurst machine producers claim their machines produce about 70 000 volts. I wonder how to measure this value. How is it possible to measure the static electricity voltage?
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What is voltage?

I am a little unclear on what voltage actually is and I am trying to find out what the physical cause for voltage is. Is it the speed of the electrons through the conductor or is it an excess of ...
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Does a switched on power socket consume electricity? [closed]

Lets say I have a TV and a power socket but the TV switch is off however the socket switch is switched on, so will it consume electricity?
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I need some clarification about my understanding of voltages and resistance

So I was reading through this question, and I think resolved my query about what voltage actually is. I don't understand what we really mean by voltage drop But I just want further clarification ...
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Change in magnetic field region reduces overall voltage due to change in resistance?

Consider the following diagrams: Diagram(1): A large conductive slab($C$) with resistance ($R$) and region with magnetic field($B$), the conductor moves to the right as indicated with ($v$). ...
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relationship between voltage and current

I know that this question had been asked many times but I think it will be a new info in Ohm’s law: $$R = V/I$$ So Voltage is directly proportional to Current In Electric Power’s law: $$P = ...
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Voltmeter across two loops

If one terminal of a voltmeter is connected to a closed loop with current and the other to an open loop, will there be a reading? Theoretically, there is a potential difference across the terminals, ...
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Could a Kelvin Probe Force Microscope, in principal, be used as a voltmeter?

This question goes into the very nature of the work function that the Kelvin Probe Force Microscope (KPFM) measures. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin_probe_force_microscope Let's say, you have a ...
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Voltage of a quadrupole magnet

I have a simple question and it's my first one in this community. :) Does the voltage of a quadrupole magnet depend on the power of the electron beam in a synchrotron? Perhaps someone has a good ...
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Which power equation to use: $P = I^2 * R$ or $P = V^2 / R$?

Given are ideal max voltage $V = 200\;\mathrm{V}$ and max current $I = 5\;\mathrm{A}$. Therefore: ideal resistance is $$R = \frac VI = \frac{200 \;\mathrm{V}}{5\;\mathrm{A}} = 40 ...
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How can be the neutral wire at 0 volts when current flowing through it?

Voltage is potential difference, and current flows because of voltage. So if the voltage is zero, how can current flow through the neutral wire.
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Current flow direction, based off the equipotential line?

From the following diagram: Given the wires are only connected to a certain portion of the conductor, will current flow all around the conductor? Or only throughout the equipotential line(diagram ...
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Does doping and size determine the characteristics of a semi-conductor?

Does the maximum voltage and current that a semiconductor can withstand (without being damaged) depend upon the size and doping of the semiconductor? If so, then please explain, 1.What is the reason ...
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Voltage - Energy drop

I'm having a hard time understanding the nature of voltage and am hoping you guys can help. The main issue is the concept of the voltage drop. Take the following circuits : In regard to the first, ...
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Difference in induced current, when magnetic field “span” is reduced?

A conductor of known volume $(V)$ passes a uniform magnetic field$(B)$with a constant velocity $(v)$ the conductor is a source of induced EMF, a power source to a circuit. The induced EMF can be ...
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What happens if I have a square conducting wire being permeated by a magnetic field and the field suddenly disappears?

Suppose there is a square conducting wire in a magnetic field. The two vertical branches will have the same emf, and the two horizontal branches will have 0 emf, resulting in a net emf of zero and ...
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Can electromagnets repel?

So I saw a video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzXRFp0DDrU (See the full video first) I don't understand that how is the electromagnet repelling things in the second half of the video? Also ...
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Is this diagram in my textbook not constructed to scale?

Or am I having an illusion. Clearly, the distance from 6v to 4v is not the same as 4v to 2v. I know it should be based on: $V = k\frac{q}{r}$.
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How power lines use high voltages with a low current?

I've read that power lines use high voltages and low currents to reduce power loss due to resistance. Looking at the formula for power - P = VI So to increase P, you increase V rather than I for ...
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How can one derive the Ohm's Law?

I am looking for the derivation of the Ohm's Law i.e., V is directly proportional to I. Can someone help me with it?
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Induced EMF, additive to conductor's closed circuit?

Assume the following conductor, with current flowing, powered from a source $S$: Now, I've introduced a magnetic field($B) to the conductor covering a small area of it like so: The change in ...
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Grounding a capacitor

When one of the plates of an isolated capacitor is grounded, does the charge become zero on that plate or just the charge on the outer surface become zero?
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Why is resistance across a load the V per I rather than the V per Q?

There is a load that resists the flow of electrons. This causes a voltage drop, meaning it creates a potential difference between the 2 sides of itself. This property, a load creating a voltage drop, ...
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Is internal resistance relevant in motional EMF?

When a conductor passes a magnetic field and connected to a circuit, the induced voltage is calculated via the motional EMF($\epsilon$): $$\epsilon=-vBL$$ Is the conductor's resistance (or internal ...
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Why is voltage essential in circuits?

I understand what voltage is, but why is it necessary for an electric circuit to function? Why can't current flow without a voltage?
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Reducing eddy currents, changes the property of the conductor & circuit?

In an attempt of reducing the eddy currents in a conductor, such as having gaps to break the induced eddy currents, would that by any chance change the conductor's orientation from series to parallel? ...
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Does the power of the resistor change when the battery is changed?

Wanted to know whether the changing of a battery (potential difference)affects the change of power consumption of a resistor of a bulb. please tell me how the change will occur?
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Why does voltage change in series circuit but not in parallel circuit?

Voltage divides after every resistor in series but not when placed in parallel. Please explain this with using very less or no mathematical equations. I have tried searching for an answer online but ...
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Which is more important, current or potential difference?

If i have a bulb rated 4V, 4A, and my power source is 2V, 2A. Should I use a step up or step down transformer to make it 4V, 1A or 1V, 4A? Which wold make it glow brighter?
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How do domestic appliances work at different voltages when the applied voltage is same for every appliance?

Generally, the electric connections at home are in parallel combination. How is it possible for a geyser(220 Volts) and a cellphone charger (5 volts) to operate at different voltages in a parallel ...
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How does static protection really work?

I've read that while working with circuits you want your body to stay at the same voltage as the components you are trying to protect. So you're supposed to connect those wrist things to one of the ...
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What is the voltage at every pair of points along a ideal wire that is connecting the two terminals of a battery?

If you stick a wire across a battery, obviously it is going to discharge the battery. This will be due to a voltage difference between the two terminals. However, the equation $V = IR$ tells you how ...
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Is their a visual difference between air-gap sparks of the same voltage but different current?

For example, if this spark gap has a kilovolt of power behind it @ 1A and the other is also at a kilovolt but is @2A will there be a visual difference (i.e. will the one with higher current be ...
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Is it possible to raise the voltage of a power source by lowering its current indefinitely (i.e. transformers)?

Let's say you have a D battery. You wire it up to the primary of a step-up transformer, which you then in turn wire up to another step-up transformer,...etc. Is there a limit to how high the voltage ...
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Is my understanding of electric fields accurate?

Could someone please help me and let me know if the statements below are any accurate? I am struggling trying to understand what electric fields are and I could really use some help! An electric ...
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What creates voltage? What causes electrons to move in a wire?

I was trying to break down how a transistor works to a friend, and I took a moment to think about electric current and voltages. I realised I do not understand where these phenomena come from. I ...
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Electric potential difference

From what I have read, since electrical potential is essentially EPE/unit of charge, it would be position dependent (relative to the electric field). Electrical potential difference is then defined ...
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What does it mean when we say that power of a bulb is 10 W? Since $V/I=$ resistance is a constant, how can power $=VI$ be a constant?

My question is simple. In Ideal situation, at constant temperature, we know that normal appliances like a filament bulb has straight Voltage vs Current graph, meaning its resistance is constant or ...
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Resistance & temperature of semiconductor

From what I have read about semiconductors, the reason their IV characteristic shows a decrease in resistance is because as voltage is increased, current is increased. However, the reason for the ...
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How is a potential difference created between two points?

I would like to know how potential difference is created between two points?Is potential difference created by adding more electrons at one side?If that's the case how to add more electrons at one ...
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Is it low current or low voltage that dims a bulb?

At times we have dim bulbs due to some fault from national grid, what I want to know is if this fault is low current or low voltage. Other times electrical appliances blow-up, is that high current or ...