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

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Could anyone help explain this current voltage graph for an LED in liquid nitrogen?

I've been doing my coursework investigating LEDs at various temperatures and I've come across an interesting phenomenon which nobody I've asked has been able to explain thoroughly - wheras at room ...
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Power dissipated on internal resistance of short-circuited voltage source

Suppose we have a voltage source with an EMF of $\mathcal{E}$ and an internal resistance $R$. If we connect to it a perfect wire with zero resistance, we get a short circuit. The value of the current ...
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Voltage and current in parallel circuit

I am having a bit of a tough time understanding the following: ...
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Calculating the electric relative permittivity of fluid or medium?

I'm unsure of how to calculate the permittivity of a fluid. Permittivity differs from one fluid to another: $$\varepsilon=\varepsilon_r\varepsilon_0$$ Since it is an electrical property combined ...
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Use kirchhoff's second law to deduce the resistance R of the resistor [closed]

Using what I learned so far, i constructed an equation like this: $$30V=(I_{1}\times 20\Omega)+10V+(0.2A\times 10\Omega)+(I _{3}\times 10\Omega)+(0.5A\times R)$$ Which is clearly not solvable on ...
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How to evaluate, how much current flows in the circuit?

Please take into advisement, that I'm quite a beginner in subjects of physics and especially about electricity. Lately I've decided, that I want to learn more on basics of electronics and I've started ...
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Why are high voltage lines “high voltage?”

If I have two spheres of the same size and one sphere has a small amount of charge compared to the other that has a lot more charge, then clearly the sphere with the larger charge has a larger voltage ...
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Finding potential difference (PD) between two points [closed]

How do I find the potential difference between two points in a circuit without using Kirchhoff laws?
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Hard circuit problem [closed]

I want to find the p.d. between points A and B. I'm not sure how to approach this problem though, could I have a hint?
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In what way do passive circuit elements change the functional form of the voltage?

I heard capacitors affect the valleys and mounds of voltage sine curves, so that you get DC from AC. It's related to Graetz bridge, flipping signs of sine waves and seemingly afterwards smoothing ...
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Sign conventions for voltage drop and gain in circuit

In Sears and Zemansky's University Physics book and in many other books in English they define the following sign conventions (used for Kirchhoff loop rule for example): While in many other books ...
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Why is it written 'High voltage' in danger boards if current is the one which actually causes the shock?

After reading the answers given to this question I could understand that the amount of shock is dependent on the current and not majorly on the voltage even-though in some cases it depends. But, in ...
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Why does vaccum have a nonzero characteristic impedance towards electromagnetic radiation

OK, so the characteristic impedance is calculated "as square root of the ratio of the permeability of free space (µ o ) in henrys per meter ( H/m ) to the permittivity of free space ( o ) in farads ...
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Why does the area of the plates affect the capacitance?

Why does the area of the plates affect the capacitance? Lets say I have a parallel plate capacitor with a charge of 10C and a potential difference of 5V. By the definition $C=Q/V$, the capacitance is ...
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Resistance and current

I'm not a current student at any school, but I am learning a new profession, and some of it is a basic understanding of elecrticity. I have some knowledge, but definitely not enough, and I have had to ...
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Circuit Analysis: Help getting the Thevenin equivalent [closed]

I am attempting to solve this problem which requires me to get the Thevenin equivalent of a circuit, and I've gotten as far as getting the equivalent resistance of the circuit (which I believe is 5 ...
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When does voltage drop occur?

Why or when does it occur in a circuit? What does it imply when you speak of a voltage drop across a resistor? (Obviously, it probably means that the current's voltage before the resistor is higher ...
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Difference between voltage and potential energy in a capacitor

I'm confused about the difference between voltage and potential energy in a capacitor. Suppose you have a capacitor with a voltage V and capacitance C, and you release a particle with charge $+Q$ from ...
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Why isn't this working? [closed]

I just broke a 120mm computer fan in name of science and now I'm pissed; can anyone explain why this doesn't work? : The battery should create a potential difference across the motor, causing the ...
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What happens when non-equal voltages are put in parallel? [duplicate]

If two batteries, say 2 volts and 5 volts, are connected in parallel, are there any problems? The higher voltage will then want to flow out, but also towards the lower 2 volt battery end, right?
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Why doesn't Bernoulli's Principle apply to Current and Resistors in a circuit?

Bernoulli's principle makes sense when you apply it to fluids. If you decrease the diameter of a pipe then the velocity of the fluid increases because it needs to keep the same rate of fluid moving ...
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Potentiometer voltage change

I'm trying to understand simple things about electricity reading allaboutcircuits.com web. This chapter includes image which´s principle I don't understand. Here it is: When supplying constant ...
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is the voltage drop of a battery that is being short circuited the same as the battery's advertised voltige

So I know this is a pretty fundamental question, but I'll ask it any way. lets say you have a 12V battery, and the positive is connected to the negative directly by a wire with negligible ...
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Difference between current and voltage sources

I am confused about the current and voltage. My intuitive example would be that of a pipe of say water. The diameter of the pipe determines the amount of water flowing per second but the pressure is ...
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If components of differing resistance are wired in parallel, how does a common voltage drop arise?

I've been teaching myself DC electronics as a hobby and, although I have a feeling i'm "missing something obvious", I was wondering if someone could help me out. If two components of differing ...
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How electrons act under rotating magnetic field?

I study Power Engineering in University. Today I asked my lecturer to explain me exactly how atom's electrons act under spinning rotor's magnetic field, that generated dynamic electricity. But he even ...
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Why do we use Root Mean Square (RMS) values when talking about AC voltage

What makes it a good idea to use RMS rather than peak values of current and voltage when we talk about or compute with AC signals.
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Difference between ways of transmitting power

There are two ways to transmit the same amount of power, 1 amp at 1 million volts or 1 million amps at 1 volt. Conceptually what is the difference? How can I think about it conceptually? I would ...
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Electric power for current density

The electric power produced by a current $I\in\mathbb{R}^+$ and a voltage $V\in\mathbb{R}^+$ is $$ P = IV. $$ Now the current is given as an (alternating) current density ...
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Neon lamp: minimal breakdown voltage

I am looking at this formula from wiki for breakdown voltage in gas discharge lamps, and I see its linear by length (d) (oops, I see it's divided by $ln$) $$\frac{Bpd}{\mathrm{ln}\ Apd-\mathrm{ln}\ ...
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Help Understanding Non-conservative Fields

While watching a video lecture, I became uncomfortable with the results, (around 35 mins). The professor draws an electric circuit with a 1V batter, and two resistors (1 and 9 ohms). He then ...
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Current without Voltage and Voltage without Current?

At school I've always learned that you can view Current and Voltage like this: The current is the flow of charge per second and the Voltage is how badly the current 'wants' to flow. But I'm having ...
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Voltage and current of positive lightning

For a physics issues investigation I chose to investigate what effects lightning could have on an aeroplane while in flight if it was struck and then go on to discuss some possible implications of ...
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Would the empirical behavior of a simple circuit match my model of it?

I have a practical problem in E&M which has baffled me and and my electrician. The copper water pipes in my house are carrying a current of small potential (~1V) AC current. Here is my ...
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About electric current analogy

my teacher gave me this analogy to the electric current , the wire is like a pearl necklace where the pearls can move, the current or the movement of electrons is like putting your fingers between 2 ...
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How to find $\tau$ in this circuit?

1) 2) I know, that $$ τ = \frac{L}{R} $$ but what is $R$ in this formula? It seems to be the total resistance, but how to find it in 1) and 2)?
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Which quantity gives the resistance of a component?

In a current vs potential difference graph, we can obtain the value of the resistance of the component. There are books that say gradient-inverse is the resistance and also books that say the value of ...
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Electric power transmission

If we want to transmit electic current for a long distance, we must minimize a heat that releases because of the resistanse. We cannot make a cable wide because it is expensive and it will be massive. ...
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Volts, Amps, and Practical Electrical Knowledge [duplicate]

I've heard people say that high amperage or high voltage is dangerous to humans-aren't they both? And what are the advantages to high amperage versus high voltage? And how do you generate one or the ...
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Which of these two methods is correct for calculating current?

I recently came across a question, for which I saw two possible methods of finding the solution. I was required to calculate the "current flowing" $I$ when given the voltage $V$, frequency $f$, total ...
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What works on 8-10 volts, 4 milli amps, and is not hardwired? [closed]

I want to know what is the smallest device that can work on a few milli amps? I know a NE-2 neon bulb works on less than 10 mAmp but on 90 volts at least. I need to find a small device that: 1- ...
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Calculate Capacitance in Series AC Circuits?

I'm supposed to calculate the capacitance of an unknown capacitor in series, but I'm not sure exactly which equation to use. I know the voltage across the resistor (Vr), voltage across the capacitor ...
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Out of phase voltage current source and resulting power

Examining the following graph, I am trying to understand the power plot. The power appears to take on a negative value when the current changes direction or the voltage changes polarity. Negative ...
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Should the electric potential of a positively charged sphere be negative?

Because the indefinite integral of the electric field results in a negative value? (As the function is proportional to $r^{-2}$? I've got to be missing something... Help please!! Thanks! Also, I ...
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Why do birds, sitting on electric wires, not get shocked?

If we would touch electric wires, we would get a shock, even if we are not touching ground (so that no connection is complete form wire to ground through us). I always see that birds sit on electric ...
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Electron volt and Voltage

Voltage is the work done per unit charge. Given by: V = W/q Electron volt is the maximum kinetic energy gained by the electron in falling through a potential difference of 1 volt. Given by: K.E ...
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Why is there a potential difference?

The question then asks for the potential difference between $X$ and $Y$, which is claimed to be $3.6\text{ volts}%$. Why would there be a potential difference in this case? If I connect a lightbulb ...
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Is voltage electric potential or electric potential difference?

On Wikipedia, voltage is defined to be the electric potential difference. However, I am still not certain as to whether voltage is the electric potential ($PE/q$) or electric potential change ...
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What causes an electric shock - Current or Voltage?

Though voltage and current are two interdependent physical quantity, I would like to know what gives more "shock" to a person - Voltage or Current? In simple words, will it cause more "electric - ...
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Using A.C or D.C to create an electromagnet

Does it matter if I use A.C or D.C as a source to create an electromagnet? Or Does it depend on the voltage of current? For example: I have a coil which has about 50 turns. If I use same amount of ...