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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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### Resistor circuit that isn't parallel or series

What's the equivalent resistance in this circuit (between points A and B)?
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### Difference between live and neutral wires

In domestic electrical circuits, there are 3 wires - live, earth and neutral. What is the difference between the live and neutral wires? As there is AC supply, it means that there are no fixed ...
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### What would be the effective resistance of the ladder of resistors having n steps

I'm a tutor. This is a high school level problem. In high school, every one have might have solved a problem of effective resistance of a ladder of resistors having infinite steps. Now the problem is ...
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### Why do we use AC for long distance transmission?

Why do we use AC (Alternating Current) for long distance transmission of electrical power? I know that AC is such a current that changes polarity (magnitude and direction) and has fixed poles.
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### How does current flow from the emitter, through the base and to the collector in a NPN transistor?

So, I understand that for a NPN transistor to work the emitter-base junction needs to be forward biased and the collector-base junction needs to be reverse biased. I understand how current flows from ...
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### Equivalent resistance of unbalanced Wheatstone Bridge [duplicate]

Equivalent resistance of a balanced Wheatstone Bridge is pretty simple: if the corresponding ratios are equal the just cancel the wire connecting the centre of two wires. But what if they are not ...
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### What is the role of center-tapping in a full wave rectifier?

Note: I have already tried googling. Although similar questions have been asked on different forums, I couldn't find a detailed explanation, which I could really understand. Circuit diagram courtesy ...
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### What's the purpose of capacitors in parallel

In my school textbook it is written that the capacitor acts as a filter, that is, it decreases the fluctuations in the potential difference across the load. But since all the components are ...
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### Electrical flow in a simple parallel circuit

I'm having trouble understanding something in one of my text books: Let’s have a look at the implications of each circuit configuration. Figure 3.13 shows the Conventional representation of a ...
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### Estimating the battery capacity using current power consumption and battery percentage

I want to estimate the current maximum capacity (in kWh) having the current power consumption (in kWh) and the state of charge of the battery (in %) available in a time series. I do not have a full ...
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### Are quantum computers electronic?

I understand how normal logic gates operate and are implemented using digital circuits and electronics but I wad wondering how qubits are physically implemented. In other words is a physical qubit a ...
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### Why should a voltmeter have a higher resistance than of any circuit element across which the voltmeter is connected?

According to my textbook, it is said that, for an ammeter: It is essential that the resistance $R_A$ of the ammeter be very much smaller than other resistances in the circuit. Otherwise, the very ...
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### Saturated BJT Transistors. V CE < V BE : AKA - Things that make you go “Hmmmm”

At the risk of being blasted for cross-posting, I am posting this question again here in the Physics department. It is a duplicate of this post in the EE forum. However, I would like to get some ...
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### Is there a physical limit to data transfer rate?

Is there a physical limit to data transfer rate (e.g. for USB $3.0$, this rate can be a few Gbit per second)? I am wondering if there is a physical law giving a fundamental limit to data transfer rate,...
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### Why is Near Field Communication (NFC) range limited to about 20cm?

Near Field Communication (NFC) operates at 13.56 MHz. Near Field is the region situated at a distance r << λ λ = c/f ...
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### Why don't they use springs as an energy source for cell phones?

I know they used springs for clocks way back in the day and now it's all lithium ion batteries. For reference, consider the Iphone that has a battery with a capacity of 5 Watt hours (18,000 joules). ...
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### Current through the reverse biased junction in transistor [closed]

A transistor is a three terminal device. One terminal is called emitter, one collector and in between them is base. Now, during biasing the junction between emitter and base is made forward biased and ...
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### Can a television detector van REALLY tell if you have the TV switched on? [closed]

In the UK, it was regularly advertised by the BBC, and the Post Office, that they had vans that could check if your TV was on, even if you were in an apartment block full of other people's TVS. TV "...
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### Current when resistance is 0

A short circuit has $\rm 0$ resistance. We use Ohm's Law $\rm V=IR$. If $\rm R=0$, then $\rm V=0$. Doesn't this mean $\rm I$ can theoretically be anything? Thus $\rm I$ can be like $\rm35A$ for ...
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### Strategies against 50 Hz mains hum on detector signals?

I'm having problems with a strong 50 Hz mains hum on signals created by photodetectors. I assume that they are due to ground loops and I realize that the best option would be to remove those. What are ...
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### In the electrical circuit/fluid analogy is there an analogy for power loss across a fluid resistance?

For the fundamental passive $RLC$ electrical circuit, analogies are often used to describe the physics of fluid flow where $L$ represents the inertance analogous to inductance, $C$ is compliance ...
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### Building a Faraday cage for mobile networks that is transparent for optical wavelenghts

A friend of mine is working on an architectonic project, where she designs a Faraday cage type of open space built in parks or other public places. The initial thought is to build it from some sort of ...
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### How do you model the resistance across a symmetric sheet of plastic, streched (think ceran wrap) between a circular anode and cathode?

Here is the problem. You need to model the resistance across a circular sheet of polypropylene (plastic). The resistivity of polypropylene is 1E15 Ohms per meter. The expression for resistance on a ...
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### What is energy band gap?

Explanations for graphene's high electrical conductivity often discuss energy band gap. What is energy band gap and how does it relate to the conductivity of a material?
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### Memristors: how are memristors modeled in terms of impedance?

How are memristors modeled in terms of impedance? I have been searching the net for memristors, but could not get much of an idea. I'm not interested in how memristors are made (by combining ...
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### Could we run an electric car on electric eels?

Could we run an electric car on a tank full of electric eels? I've heard electric eels are around 400 to 500 volts and can keep shocking for up to an hour. They also have a 10 volt system to sense ...
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### Thevenin equivalent of a circuit

Ok so I can't post the image of my question and my attempt at it, so I would like to ask, if anyone knows the steps to simplifying a circuit with dependent current sources, independent voltage ...
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### When does Thevenin's theorem not apply (modelling a power source with a ohmic internal resistance)

Most physics text books say that a power source can be modelled as an EMF with a internal resistance. This is also know as Thevenin's theorem or Norton's theorem. However I have read in some sources ...
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### Resistance of a Large (relative to lead contact) Conductor

How do I calculate the effective resistance of a large piece of metal between two small electrical contacts? The thermal image (from an interesting but unrelated article called An Exception to Ohm's ...