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

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How do I choose the right value of $r$ to find where the electric field is zero?

Sorry for the long question. I'm having a difficult time trying to explain my confusion. I have a positive point charge$\ Q_1 =+q$ at the origin and a negative point charge $\ Q_2 = -2q$ at $\ x=2$ ...
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How does the voltage across an inductor and a capacitor vary in series LCR circuit about resonance?

I am aware that at resonance, the voltage across the inductor and the capacitor are equal in magnitude and opposite in phase. However, I want to know how the voltage across $L$ and $C$ vary if I vary ...
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What is bias voltage and what is it's function in a Scan Tunneling Microscope?

I was reading about the Scan Tunneling Microscope and I read that a 'bias voltage' is needed to realize a current of electrons between the needle and the sample. I don't know what the definition of '...
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Current and Resistance-Effects of the Length of the Wire

Two wires of the same material are both connected to a 9-V ideal battery. They have the same cross section area but wire 2 is twice longer than wire 1. Compare the following quantities by answering if ...
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Why does a voltmeter give a positive reading for a path in the same direction as the electric field?

Straight from my textbook: If the direction of the path from initial location to final location is the same as the direction of the electric field, the potential difference is negative. Yet a ...
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How to find the voltage?

How to find the voltage ? Given is the following mixed circuit below, every resistor has the value $1$ ohm, the current flow through the last resistor is $1$A and I have to find the voltage V If ...
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How does Ohm's law relate to transferring energy?

Potential difference = Current x Resistance where Resistance is a constant. Walking through a circuit I have 1 battery, a wire and 2 components. I start of with 6 volts at the battery and after the ...
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Need help understanding a simple circuit in-depth

I would like to know more in detail what's really going on in a simple circuit like this. I think I understand it, but I have a lot of things mixed up and others aren't clear to me. I'm going to write ...
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Resistor and voltage

Considering this simple circuit : The potential is supposed to be constant along each wire (because they're conductors), such that the left wire in its entirety is at the same potential as the ...
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Why is the voltage of a battery equal to the emf?

We know that there is an electric field inside the battery that works against the moving electrons of a circuit. But there is also the chemical force of the battery that at some point become equal. ...
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Why is cap voltage negative in KVL for discharge circuit?

I was just trying to derive the equation for a capacitor discharging through a resistor, and I've run into in a problem. If I set up my KVL, then I would say $iR = V_c$ (where $i$ is instantaneous ...
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How does voltage divided by EMF show efficiency?

I get that electromotoric force (emf) is energy per coulomb supplied and that voltage is energy per coulomb used but I don't get what it means when we say that the voltage divided by the emf gives the ...
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Is it correct to use $P=\large\frac{V^2}{R}$ for AC circuits?

In one of my old notebooks, I found a problem which was basically about finding out resistance of a 100W light bulb (In my country electricity voltage is 220V). Then our teacher had used the equation $...
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Different voltages between same point?

In this circuit, we determine that the emf needs to be reversed and that its value is 108.75 V. My confusion is that I thought the voltage between any two points must be the same irrespective of the ...
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Average induction voltage

I've got a basic question on the method of computing the average induction voltage. Here is the task: A conductor loop with the area $A_1 = 50\text{cm}^2$ in a magnetic field with the flux density of ...
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Plotting the Graph of $1/I$ on the Y axis against R What does this represent? [duplicate]

What does the gradient, the intercepts represent, what is the equation of my line, and how do I use this information to calculate emf?
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Multimeter reading between wire & air

Why does a multimeter show 10-20 V(AC) when I connect one of its cables to the hot wire of a 220 V(AC) plug while the other cable is in the air? Also why does this not happen with a 5 V battery? (It ...
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Finding the current and voltage in a circuit with DC sources

I know that in a circuit with DC sources a capacitor(steady state) can be replaced with an open circuit and an inductor(steady state) can be replaced with a short circuit. My understanding is that ...
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Why does potential drop exist?

I'm sorry that the question is likely to sound stupid but I just can't seem to be able to wrap my head around it. I think I am a bit comfortable with the mathematical idea of it but I still can't ...
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Difference of potential between points [closed]

I have the following question: What is the potential difference between point A - B? Could somebody please explain me how should I count it? The voltage U=18V. I found out that V1=8V, V2=10V, V3=10V,...
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Why can't I connection the anode of a battery to the cathode of an other battery and get a current flowing? [duplicate]

If I touch the anode of a battery or connect the anode the the cathode of an other battery, none (or rather: a very small current) flows between those two. If I instead connect the connect the anode ...
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Does voltage depends on the charge present in an element?

Does the voltage depend on the charge present in a battery ? I know in capacitors q=cv. Hence charge present is proportional to voltage. Is it the same in the case of batteries?
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Potential difference and voltage

Is potential difference between two points the voltage? (or) Is voltage the potential difference between two points? (or) Are they both the same?
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Accelerating an electron to a high speed

Suppose there are two vertical metal plates. They are separated apart by a small distance. While one is grounded, the other one has a potential of some $V$. Now suppose electrons are produced at the ...
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In a circuit, if voltage is established at both terminals, then how can components use up this voltage? [duplicate]

Suppose we use a 9V battery. Then the voltage between these two terminals is 9V. In other words, it would take 9 J of energy to move +1C of charge from the (+) to the (-) terminal by the electric ...
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What happens if connect 2 points with different potential?

I have a very basic question on charge distribution in electric circuits. Let's say we have 2 independent circuits. If we connect a point with higher potential in one circuit to a point with a lower ...
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Non-zero potential measured on the surface of an insulator

After driving a screw into an alumina firebrick and applying a 5kV potential, I measured a ~4.5kV potential using a high voltage probe at other locations on the brick surface. Firebrick is generally ...
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Electrical network of current sources - What happens if one source is defect?

Suppose you have connected in a parallel circuit a pair of, say for the sake of concretness 5 sources of 300 mA and 0,5 V each, which are themselves connected together in series. Hence, in total one ...
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Why does a non-contact voltage detector light up when you touch a plasma ball with the other hand?

I am doing a science experiment and we decided to try holding a non-contact voltage detector up to plasma ball. We were surprised that it would light up when it was 3 ft away from the plasma ball. I ...
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Electric warning signs question

I've always wandered why do the warning signs show the voltage, not the current. I mean, it's the current that kills you.
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If we connect a long wire to a battery, will battery produce more electrons?

I actually have three related questions: An open circuit chemical cell separates charges creating a surplus of electrons on its negative terminus and a shortage of electrons on its positive terminus. ...
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Magnetic Wire Doesn't conduct Electricity

I recently bought a 22 and 30 gauge loop of magnetic wire from radio-shack. The loops of wire were colored differently (if this makes any difference) and on the package it noted how these wires were ...
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Could someone intuitively explain to me Ohm's law?

Could someone intuitively explain to me Ohm's law? I understand what voltage is and how it is the electric potential energy and that it is the integral of the electric field strength etc. I also ...
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Capacitance and voltage drops

Let's say that Switch $S$ is closed. I have a conceptual question: If a stream of particles acquire a potential difference upon exiting the battery, why will they lose some of that potential across ...
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How can a voltage across a capacitor be greater than the total voltage applied to the circuit?

I was reading about complex impedance and AC circuits, and I just came across a sentence on a website stating that the voltage across a capacitor can be greater than the applied voltage. How can this ...
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Spherical magnet inside a solenoid

When passing a bar magnet through a long solenoid why is it that the induced emf when the magnet is in the middle of the solenoid is zero? And if a spherical magnet is put inside the solenoid, will ...
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Measured voltage on coil

I have a simple circuit of coil with inductance L $$u_c(t)= -L\frac{di}{dt}$$ and AC source with output voltage $u_s$ What is actually measured by the voltmeter ($u_c$, $u_s$ or $u_s - u_c$)? If ...
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Showing $\frac{\delta V_{out}}{V_{out}}=\frac{\delta R_2}{R_2} \frac{R_1}{R_1+R_2}$ [closed]

Consider a voltage divider with $V_{out}=V_{in} \frac{R_2}{R_1+R_2}$. Show that for a small change in $R_2$, the voltage divider equation is: $\frac{\delta V_{out}}{V_{out}}=\frac{\delta R_2}{R_2} \...
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Relation between Power, Voltage and Current when one or more of them is amplified?

$$\text{Power}(P) = \text{Voltage}(V) \cdot \text{Current}(I)$$ If voltage or current is amplified or multiplied what happens to power and current. Does this affect in increase or decrease in power ...
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Li-ion Battery charging

Why are constant current mode and constant voltage mode needed when charging Li-ion batteries? Why do we apply saturation charge even after the cell voltage reaches 4.2V? What exactly is 'I-sense' in ...
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Why is the voltage output equal to the voltage drop?

I have a very basic question about measurement of voltage output on some simple circuits. Considering the circuits of the figure: Supposing one wants to measure the voltage output $V_2$, on the ...
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Defining Reference Directions for Voltage and Power (sign convention)

My professor decided to use the above reference directions when calculating power in circuits. He says that when power > 0, power is consumed. When p < 0, power is generated. This definition is ...
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Why Voltage Drop is not Influenced by Resistor Value?

To my understanding, if a resistor reduces the potential energy of the current across it, then the current that leaves the resistor will have less potential energy and thus, less pressure or voltage. ...
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Ohm's Law Question?

Since $V=IR$, if you were to have say a $5\:\mathrm{V}$ source connected directly to ground, no components in the circuit at all, you would need to add resistance for the current to flow? Or is there ...
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Determine the size of a conductive medium

Are there any measurable characteristics that would allow one to discern the size of a conductive medium? Say I apply the same voltage to a two foot long wire and a four foot long wire. Is there ...
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What is the equivalent of the “amount of fuel” for a battery?

I am trying to make a performance diagram of an electrical powered device vs range, speed, etc. I want to compare it using the equivalent of fuel for a battery? I am not sure if it is just voltage... ...
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Both plates of capacitor have positive voltage

If both the plates of a capacitor are connected to positive voltage (say, one is +10V and the other is +5V), but there is a voltage difference between the plates, will the capacitor be charged? And ...
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Why Two Equal Resistors Cut Voltage in Half?

I've been reading several books on electronics, one of them called "Electronics All-In-One For Dummies - D. Lowe (Wiley, 2012) BBS". It states that if two resistors of the same value, no matter the ...
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Why there's any voltage on P-N junction in diodes?

If all electrons here have their counterparts in protons, on both, P and N sides, then why there's any voltage (built-in voltage, on the bottom of the image)? Both sides should be neutral, shouldn't ...
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A falling steel beam - Maximum induced voltage [closed]

I'd appreciate it if someone could explain how to answer this question: A 2 m long steel beam is falling from a height of 12,5 m. During the fall, the beam is oriented in an east-west direction. ...