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Questions tagged [batteries]

Devices to store chemical energy and convert it to electrical energy.

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Question about electrochemical reaction in fuel cell

The electrochemical reaction on the anode side of a fuel cell can be expressed as hydrogen split into hydrogen protons and electrons. I'm doing some research about the electrochemical reaction in a ...
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Voltage when lamp burns out [closed]

In the question below, shouldn't the voltmeter read zero V because the circuit is broken and there is no current flowing? (the answer in the text is 12v)
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Why doesn't the flow electrons occur in a broken circuit?

Take a battery and connect a small led bulb across it with the help of two wires. The bulb will glow, but if I cut a small piece of wire from any part of the connecting wires,the circuit will not work ...
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Intuition behind swapping the known and unknown resistance in a slide wire meter bridge

Today I was learning about wheatstones and balanced meter bridges. But while learning about the sources of error while working with the meter bridge (measuring unknown resistance), I couldn't ...
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How do voltmeters measure work done over a component?

In my physics class, we were shown the picture below to measure the current and potential difference through a component. We were told that the resistance of the ammeter is as low as possible, and the ...
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Why would 4 batteries in a device not drain equally? [closed]

I noticed a motion sensor light was weak so I assumed the batteries were dying and removed them. To make sure I was right, I tested the 4 D alkaline batteries. One was completely dead. One was on the ...
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Power in a simple electrical circuit [closed]

In this picture, as we know power due to heating of the resistance is $V^2/R$ . Now, if we add a parallel resistance to the circuit, the power dissipated through this resistor is also $V^2/R$ ...
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Does the resistance of the voltmeter affect the behavior of this circuit?

I have this setup. It consists of a battery of no internal resistance with voltage $V$ and a resistor with resistance $R$. It also consists of a voltmeter of some (not so large) resistance as good ...
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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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Voltmeter connection across motor

I want to measure the voltage(potential difference) acorss the motor A. Where should I connect the voltmeter? I am confused between two possibilities: between X and Y (between two ends of the motor ...
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Uncertainty estimation of a quantity after its calibration

I have to calibrate power output of a diode to its input voltage. The voltage source has negligible error but the power meter has significant uncertainty (a couple %). I take a number of power ...
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Potential Difference of a battery - What does it mean?

I have studied current electricity for a while now. When I look back at basic concepts, I am quite clear about what current, electron, resistance is. But I cannot imagine about the potential ...
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Hardest circuit diagram

I have provided an example of the type of problem I am having issues with. In the given diagram, the resistances and batteries are identical and the batteries do not have internal resistances(for the ...
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Electronegative - Electropositive atoms can attract ions?

Well I was just wondering how a copper-zinc battery works, with electrolyte an equilibrium of water and NaOH. It says that NaOH is dissolved (I understand that) into water forming H$_4$O$_8$Na+ ions ...
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Is (DC/battery) voltage a result of charge? or energy? or both?

Backstory: I’m a software engineer just getting into electronics and it seems that everything I’ve ever been told about electricity my whole life is a candy-coated lie. I can’t find consistent logical ...
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How does resistance *really* work? (DC, battery, LED, atoms, electrons)

Backstory: I’m a software engineer just getting into electronics and it seems that everything I’ve ever been told about electricity my whole life is a candy-coated lie. I can’t find consistent logical ...
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How can you calculate (or convert) the Wh of a capacitor whose energy is given in Farads

When trying to compare the energy in a battery to the energy in a capacitor, the units don't match up. How can one compare a battery whose Ah are 10 and Voltage is 3 (for a total of 30 Wh) to a ...
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What is difference between current and voltage? [closed]

If current passes through the bulb not using it up then how battery becomes weak after sometime?
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Connecting a charged capacitor to an uncharged capacitor

I was attending a lecture about capacitors and something confused me. If I charge a capacitor using a DC supply, the capacitor will gain charge $Q_0$. Now, if I discharged it along an uncharged ...
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Electrons and wires [duplicate]

The electrons that carry the electric energy are in wires or in the battery ? battery provides a potential difference but from where electrons flow to make for example a bulb light. If they flow from ...
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Why are(n’t) rechargeable batteries damaged by partial charging?

Originally asked in ElectricalEngineering.SE, but I was told Physics.SE might be a better place to ask. Over the years, I've come across websites and people with different opinions on the "correct" ...
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Does current flow when you connect a battery to earth?

Let's say that the earth has 0V and everything is ideal, does current still flow and why?
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Misconception about flow of charges

Let's say I have a 5V battery connected in the manner shown in the diagram. I've tried this setup with all sorts of things like pouring brine(salt water) into the soil to decrease its resistance so ...
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Can single DC 1.5V battery generate 1500 watts of power?

Suppose there is a DC $1.5\mathrm{V}$ battery connected with $1.5\times10^{-3}\mathrm{\Omega}$ resistor. Then the amount of circuit current is $I=V/R=10^3\mathrm{A}$. (according to Ohm's law) I know ...
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$V = 4 volts$ but $I = 0$

Recently in my school, I tried to generate electricity from plants in a flower pot with copper and Zinc electrodes. The Potential difference in the voltmeter read 2 to 3 volts but when I connected the ...
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Question about circuit with two cells [closed]

Edited - could someone explain how you treat a circuit with two cells in respect to circuit laws and also whether the section in the middle is in parallel or in series. Second Edit: I’ve researched ...
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From where electrons flow to make a bulb light?

Suppose we have the "basic" stuff like a battery 2 piece of wire and a bulb. Battery has a potential difference. But from where electrons flow to make the bulb light? from wire or from battery or from ...
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How is energy conserved in a theoretical circuit where you put a lightbulb and two rechargeable batteries like… (diagram included)

In the beginning the first battery is fully charged, and the second is fully discharged. As the circuit is connected the discharging battery recharges a dead second battery and light is emitted from ...
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What possible advantage could there be in connecting several identical batteries in parallel? [duplicate]

In two-cell flash light,the batteries are usually connected in series. Why not connect them in parallel?
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What force is responsible for the movement of electrons in a current caused by an electrochemical source?

From what I have read, batteries provide an electrochemical potential that causes electrons to move from the negative terminal through a conductor to the positive terminal. I have read numerous ...
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Physics of batteries (volts vs charge)

Car batteries are usually 12 V. What is the difference between buying a car battery and hooking up a bunch of cheap household batteries in series? Both would register at 12 V. I assume that cars need ...
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Hydrogen oxygen fuel cells

In hydrogen - oxygen fuel cell, the electrode used is carbon electrode.Hydrogen is passed through through the anode compartment where it is oxidised. Oxygen is passed through the cathode compartment ...
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How a battery maintains the current in the circuit? [duplicate]

How a battery maintains the current in the citcuit? Iwant to know each and every step of this process mathematically and theoretically also.
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Confusion about calculating resistances & terminal voltage

I'm looking at an exercise where a battery is powering two parallel light bulbs. Given are the battery's EMF ($12.0 V$) and its terminal voltage in this particular circuit ($11.8 V$), as well as the ...
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Using a significantly large metallic sphere, could we draw out the electrons from the negative terminal of a battery?

I've pored over many articles on electrochemical cells, and I understand that on the oxidation side of a zinc-copper Daniell cell, the anode is highly negatively charged because zinc participates in ...
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How are batteries affected on planes? [closed]

I'm currently an engineer and was fascinated at how technology came to be and how we were able to find out that we can take energy and essentially store it for a later time. I was thinking about ...
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How can a battery 'come back to life'?

Earlier today, one of my family drained our car's battery by accident, by leaving the lights on too long. It wouldn't start at all, so they had to walk back home from where the car was parked (a few ...
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What exactly is terminal potential difference?

I'm a bit confused on what terminal potential difference actually is. When doing calculations on circuit based questions I get stuck.
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In a Radioisotope betavoltaic cell, does the amperage or voltage decay?

In a tritium-powered betavoltaic cell, the power output obviously decreases as the tritium decays. Is it the voltage, amperage, or both that would decay?
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Why is the electric potential difference independent of resistance?

According to wikipedia the definition of electric potential difference is as follows: The difference in electric potential between two points (i.e., voltage) is defined as the work needed per unit ...
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is this the reason why current doesn't flow over a resistance if there is another path without resistance? [duplicate]

Let's suppose that a single battery is connected with a wire, which does not have resistance. Electrons will start to flow , in reality, with a wire with resistance, a potential difference would be ...
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What happens when a battery is connected to conductors?

What happens to the electronic flow inside two conductors when they are connected to the terminals of a battery but not mutually? Why do they reach at the same potential as that of the terminals? ...
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What determines the voltage in a battery?

This diagram problem has got me thinking about what determines the voltage in a battery. At school, we were taught this method of giving a value of voltage to points in a circuit. However, I do not ...
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Compare the time the power sources in these circuits will last

I am trying to conceptualize the time which a battery will last in a given circuit. Below is an example from which I will explain the questions which I am struggling with : Lets begin by asking this ...
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Realistic energy output of a battery

An answer from the post "Battery life with hot and cold wires" talks about Peukert's law related to the battery capacity. Now, within the scope of undergrad electromagnetism courses, the following are ...
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Potential divider formula

Hi, does applying resistance to a potential divider affect the output voltage? For example, if I were to put resistor R midway across a variable resistor would output voltage still = (R1/R1 + R2) x E? ...
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What exactly is “voltage drop” across a circuit element?

what exactly is "voltage drop" across a circuit element? I don't quite understand what this means.
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What is the difference between EMF of a battery, its potential difference and the current supplied by the battery?

Now, I know that emf is measured using an ammeter, while potential difference is measured using a voltmeter. But why is that so? What do we mean when we say the emf of the battery is say, 3V, and the ...
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As there is a potential drop across resistance, then why in parallel circuits the voltage across resistances is same as that of battery?

In textbooks it’s taught that in parallel circuits the voltage across resistances is same as that of battery but after that we also read the concept of potential drop across resistances, which creates ...
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