Questions tagged [electric-current]

A measure of the rate at which electric charge is transported (especially through a circuit), it has units of charge/time.

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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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Are these two circuit equivalent? [closed]

are the two circuits equvalent ? I have actually got a different problem (wheatstone bridge) but,I want to make sure that there is no mistake in my assumption before asking that question. In the ...
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We are taught in electrodynamics classes that current density is a vector quantity while current is a scalar. I understand why current is a scalar and current density is a vector. But what's troubling ...
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Potential difference of resistors in parallel linked systems

Before the question I want to explain somethings to see if I understand anything wrong please tell me if im wrong: When there is a Potential difference on a system then the electrical charge will move ...
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Will there be an induced EMF if the windings have no resistance?

Imagine a transformer, the primary has a voltage source, a 5 Ohms resistor, and obviously the windings too. If there were no resistance on the windings will there be any emf induced on the secondary ...
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Can electric potential be discontinuous?

I am studying the following problem, which is 9.11 of "Modern Electrodynamics" by Zangwill. The idea is that you have a wire attached to a perfectly conducting sphere (radius $a$) buried into the ...
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Is it the current which create magnetic field, or vice versa, or both?

Talking about stationary magnetic field, it is said that if a conductor rotates inside the field, a current is induced. Also, I read that current (moving charges) generate magnetic field, too. How are ...
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What were the 3 crirical experiments and the argument given by Ampere which helped in determining the magnetic field made by electric current?

In The Feynman Lectures on Physics volume 2, Magnetostatics, section 13-4 Mr. Feynman tells us that there were "three critical experiments and a brilliant theoretical argument given by Ampère" that ...
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The flow of electric current

If positive charges have higher electric potential difference than negative charges then why the negative charges (electrons) are the one that are moving in a circuit? and to my knowledge the ...
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Should a Step Up transformer necessarily need more Windings?

The Primary & Secondary has the same number of coils/windings, but the resistors on them are different, using P=I2 × R, we get that the current in the Secondary side decreases and Voltage ...
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How to understand Kirchhoff's Voltage Law?

I'm having a hard time trying to understand why Kirchhoff's Voltage Law is true. I looked for an answer on the forum but I couldn't find a convincing one. So my question is : How to "physically" ...
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Why is a parallel RLC circuit usually driven by a current source?

Almost always when I see an example of a parallel RLC/LC circuit diagram online, the circuit is driven by a current source instead of a voltage source. On the other hand, the series RLC is always ...
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The water analogy seems to imply that power = current. Why is this incorrect?

Many people think of the water analogy to try to explain how electromagnetic energy is delivered to a device in a circuit. Using that analogy, in a DC circuit, one could imagine the power-consuming ...
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Is electric current relative?

Motion as we know is relative. According to this current which is the flow of charges should be also relative . That means that if someone is moving with the same velocity with repsect to the velocity ...
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Can we use magnetic flux formula $BA$ for straight wire/conductor placed in uniform magnetic field

While coming across electromagnetic induction, I learned that for an emf to be induced in a coil of wire there should be a change in magnetic flux which is given by $\frac{BA\cos\theta}{t}$ where ...
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Why Voltage Increases in a step up Transformer rather than the Current?

In a step up transformer, we all know voltage increases and current decreases, the answer to more voltage is because it has more windings, but why does more windings induce more voltage, can't the ...
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Measuring the earth's electric field

My question stems from a question on the Dutch VWO-level highschool state exam (from 1993) concerning a device to measure the earth's electric field. It consists of two plates positioned above one ...
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Would there be any current if an electric circuit is cooled to absolute zero?

My question is if I got a superconductor and cool it to absolute zero at least measurable by today's tool, it should have no electrical resistance but then would there be any current when there is a ...
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Does Kirchhoff's Law always hold?

There's a bit of furore from this question on Youtube involving Dr. Walter Lewin and another Youtuber. With Dr. Lewin claiming Kirchhoff's Law doesn't always hold when magnetic fields are involved, ...
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Voltage across parallel resistances

A resistor is connected to a battery of certain potential difference, it has now $V$ volt potential difference across its ends, after some time a resistor is connected in parallel with it. How does ...
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What is the voltage in electrical circuits?

I understand what the voltage is and I realize that the battery makes an electric field due to the accumulation of the charges in the anode and cathode this electric field causes electric potential ...
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Is voltage basically the measure of the strength (or density) of an electromagnetic field? And does an increase in voltage increase the amperage?

I have been in the process of fully understanding what is generally accepted as truth by the scientific community regarding voltage, watts, and amperage. Most engineers seem to say to simply use the ...
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Is there a limit on the magnetic field in a Hall generator?

In a Hall generator, charge accumulation on electrodes occurs because there is a generated current, $\bf{J}$, in a magnetic field, $\bf{B}$. This results in charge separation due to a Hall current ...
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What's the reason behind the current remaining the same after passing by a resistance?

I've been wondering why does this really happen, I mean by intuition if electrons are driven by EMF (ignoring wire's resistance), $n$ coulombs would pass by a point per second, until they encounter ...
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Why doesn't current flow between the wires in a coil?

Didn't find the answer online, maybe because of bad searching. So hope you here can give me an explanation. In an engine or transformer the coil is tightly wired, but how come the current doesn't ...
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Surface current density confusion

From Griffiths' Intro to electrodynamics: Now I'm confused about 3 things: 1) What is the 'mobile' surface charge density? Isn't the surface current density itself the 'mobile' surface charge ...
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How to explain these observations on the first load, with two loads in series?

Recently I purchased the Snap Circuits Jr. kit and was working through the different projects with my daughter. We decided to connect two loads in series circuit, powered by the battery source. The ...
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Ampere's Circuital law proof for closed circular loop

How do we prove the magnetic field for a circular loop is $\frac{\mu_0I}{2r}$ using Ampere's Circuital law I proved it using Biot-Savart Law but i am getting $\mu_0I/2\pi r$ instead of \$\frac{\mu_0I}{...
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How is current in superconductors increased microscopically?

Imagine a superconductive ring with its current being increased by EM induction. How is current increased microscopically? I see only two possibilities: ...
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What is the electrical resistivity of air during breakdown?

There is a well-documented theory for breakdown voltage vs pressure in the form of Paschen's law. But what is the trend of the electrical resistivity of air as a function of the electric field ...
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Proof that true passive linear memristors don't exist

This is a sequel to the following (now irrelevent) question: My attempt to implement linear memristor Assume the "conceptual symmetry" of the fundamental passive circuit elements holds: Then let's ...
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COMSOL magnetic field time dependent [closed]

enter image description here I need to modelling conductor in Comsol 5.3 by MF physics in Time Dependent study Conductor model "Single conductor" in "Coil" feature doesn't work in TD study, and ...
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Does touching the Live wire makes it neutral?

If I have two 'hot' wires connected to a source and a load, and one of the wire is connected to the ground, this wire is called the 'Neutral'. But what happens if instead of using an additional wire ...
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Why doesn't ionized air give you a current shock?

According to Tesla coil, the air gets ionized and why doesn't ionized air give current shock to a person standing in the ionized air?
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Conservation of bound charge? [closed]

It is intuitively obvious that free charge is conserved in vaccum. But when is bound charge conserved? I tried to find this by formula: The charge conservation law in microscopic view (Assuming there ...
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In superconductivity, does the diameter of the cable affect the current?

In the water tank analogy below, the smaller diameter pipe (B2) will drain tank A slower than the larger diameter pipe (B1) We are told that resistance has this same effect on current the bigger the ...
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How do I experimentally measure the resistance from using dielectric grease on battery posts?

The internet gives lots of contradicting advise about greasing or not greasing car battery posts to prevent corrosion. So rather than rely on the internet, I want to perform an experiment so that I ...
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Touching single line of AC Power and charge oscillation in body

If a person touches a single line of AC(Only on the live line, and no where else. Say he/she is hanging on the power line using one hand) as shown in the attached image, Do the ions in his/her body ...