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

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Why is electric potential scalar?

I can't conceptually visualize why it would be so. Say you have two point charges of equal charge and a point right in the middle of them. The potential of that charge, mathematically, is proportional ...
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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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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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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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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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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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If induced voltage (back-emf) is equal and opposite to applied voltage, what drives the current?

Suppose we have a circuit with a voltage source, a switch open and an inductor all in series. If we close the switch, the potential difference of the voltage source is instantaneously applied to the ...
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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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A confusion in ohms law $V = IR$

ohms law clearly states that potential difference is directly proportional to the current flowing through the wire or V directly proportional to I ______(i) so the formula which is ...
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Should the term Watt's Law be used for $P = IV$?

I'm revising some electrical curriculum for a technical training program. In the curriculum students have to calculate values using Ohm's law and the equation $$\text{Power = Current * Voltage}$$ ...
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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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How do electrons “know” to share their voltage between two resistors?

My physics teacher explained the difference between voltage and current using sandwiches. Each person gets a bag full of sandwiches when they pass through the battery. Current = the number of people ...
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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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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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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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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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Does voltage drop occur with zero load and zero resistance [duplicate]

Imagine a circuit consisting of just a battery and conducting wires which have zero dissipativity so that there is no loss of energy( Zero resistance). If the wires are connected to both terminals ...
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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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How do I calculate output voltage from a given supply voltage and resistance?

I have searched everywhere but I can't seem to find out how I can calculate the output voltage (or voltage over a component) from the resistance of a resistor (or other component) and the supply ...
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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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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 the photoelectric effect obey Ohm's law?

So, I've been reading about the photoelectric effect for my modern physics class, and I was confused about how Ohm's law works in relation to it. Say we have a photoelectric apparatus that simply ...
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Why capacitance is given as constant value in Farads, and not as max charge in Coulombs?

The equation for capacitance is $Q=CV$ or $V={1\over C}Q$. I don't understand what is the physical meaning of this "$C$": Does the charge in a system changes linearly with voltage under all ...
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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 ...