# Questions tagged [basic]

Fundamentals of electricity, electronics, components, or theory

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### When you connect two batteries in series, why doesn't the middle short?

When you connect two batteries in series, why doesn't the middle short? The connection between the positive terminal on one battery and the negative terminal on the other battery has no load, so ...
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### Why does no current flow when GND of one battery is connected to VCC of other battery? [duplicate]

I have enough experience with electronics to design and solder working circuits. I never quite understood though why circuits must be closed for current to flow. I alway understood electrical current ...
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### Infrared Receiver - Simple questions regarding data sheet and basic electronics

I've purchased a 36 kHz IR receiver (TSOP38436) but I'm still learning about electronics and I'm not sure how to connect this to my micro controller (Arduino). (Also, I'm using 36 kHz instead of the ...
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### Does resistor placement change power dissipation in simple LED circuit?

Does the power dissipation in an LED and resistor change depending on the resistor placement? Let's assume the following: Supply Voltage: 3.3v (DC) LED Forward Voltage: 2.1v Resistor: 330 Ohm I ...
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### Kirchhoff Voltage Law in a two port network

In a tutorial about h parameters of a two port network, I find the below snippet in the image unable to grasp. According to KVL, the total voltage in a loop is the algebraic sum of the individual ...
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### PC Racing Pedals

I have very limited knowledge of electrical engineering and mechanics (I'm hoping to learn) so please forgive me if this is a stupid/noobish question. I've been thinking about making a steering wheel ...
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I'm trying to understand how the charging of a plate capacitor works which lead me to question my understanding of current flow. In many explanations, it is said that the voltage source pulls the ...
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### Why does isolation transformer protect from shock?

Perhaps I can best explain the question with two examples: (1) there is PC powered directly from 230V mains (unprotected by RCD or similar), and there is fault in PC that causes line voltage to ...
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### Wire 5 vibration motors on one switch

I am trying to run five vibration motors rated at 3.7 volts each on one switch. The power will come from a 12V, 40 Amp relay on my Jeep (SPOD). How can I wire the motors all together to turn on at one ...
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### Where exactly does the ground line go in an AC-DC power supply?

I'm working in the United States. I'm looking into working with mains power, and I cannot for the life of me figure out where the ground line connects. For example, a simple power regulator from mains ...
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### Circuit analysis on op-amp with no negative feedback

In this diagram, there's an op-amp with no negative feedback. What is V+ (voltage at positive end of op-amp)? I'm self-learning circuits, and a resource I'm using says V+ = V3 / 2R. However, I don't ...
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### How can I determine the output in this circuit? [closed]

I have such circuit: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab Vin is either equal to Vcc or to 0. How do I go about determining Vout?
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### Basic question about conduction current

Sorry for my english and long post again. After reading this article, I realized that my understanding seemed to be wrong. I thought that to create conduction current in some wire first we need a "...
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### Basic circuit - valid pulldown

I am trying to create a circuit with multiple 5V logical control lines pulled down with 10K resistor. Is the below circuit the right answer? I can't help but feel like this will create a short ...
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### How does a circuit regulate current in response to a lower voltage?

Brief background, I studied physics in college and am learning EE on-the-job through Art of Electronics and this wonderful website. So this is a follow up to a previous question I submitted here ...
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### Basic questions on biasing

I have some trouble understanding a basic concept. Here is my question. This is from a document which can be found on the website, http://www.ti.com/lit/ug/tidu765/tidu765.pdf The text ...
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### How do you interpret/draw out the simplified circuits in Sedra's Microelectronics?

I legitimately do not understand how the simplified drawings in this book are meant to be interpreted. Coming from a basic circuit analysis class which had everything explicitly drawn, I'm having a ...
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### Voltage Drop doubt

In an ideal circuit with just a battery short circuited, where there is no resistance in the wire, why is it necessary to have resistance along the way? I understand Ohm's Law, and that the current ...
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### Confusion over the power wires of USB (GND and +5v)

I'm converting a battery powered device to be powered off a USB connection. I think I have everything figured out except one thing. I understand there is a GND wire inside the USB cable for power, ...
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### Why did Adafruit pick a 10K resistor for this phototransistor breakout?

Adafruit has an ALS-PT19 Analog Light Sensor Breakout. It looks like it has a 10K resistor on it: The ALS-PT19 datasheet says that resistor is to convert the output current of the transistor to ...
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### How do current and voltage relate to load?

I think I've lost the plot somewhat on how current and voltage relate to the load in a circuit and I'm hoping for some really basic level clarification. In fact, I'm not really sure how to ask the ...
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### How do I determine the capacitor to use when converting current to voltage?

I'm trying to figure out how to use an ALS-PT19-315C/L177/TR8 phototransistor (or something like it). The datasheet has this sample circuit for converting current to voltage so that I can measure it ...
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### Why doesn't current leak to ground (DC)? [duplicate]

In the circuit shown below, I am considering ground to be ideal earth ground (stays at 0V no matter how much current it absorbs). It is my understanding that current flows when there is a potential ...
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### How can I create an SCR using a PNP and NPN?

Several times I have seen an SCR described as similar to a PNP and NPN transistor linked together. But any attempt to replicate the idea seems to fail. In the circuit below, for example, the LED is ...
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### Possible reasons for differences in voltage between garage opener circuit and Raspberry Pi

I am attempting to use my Raspberry Pi's GPIO to activate a garage door opener (specifically Craftsman 139.5364812). As far as I can tell, the garage door is operated by shorting two terminal screws ...
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### A basic question about amps, watts, and charging batteries

Why do we speak of watts (and not amps) when we refer, for example, to the "7.5W Wireless Charger for iPhones," but when we talk about cord-based USB charging, the specs typically refer to amps (and ...
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I need to power my circuit. I have a power supply of 12v 8.5 amp my circuit needs 12v 1 amp. What do I need to do?
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### NTC 5d thermistor and how to use it

I bought a random thermistor for a circuit I'm planning to build and it turned out to be a NTC 5D-15. I'm trying to build this test circuit: After doing a bit of research, that thermistor resistor ...
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### Confusion about what should be a simple resistor-divider circuit

I'm reverse engineering a circuit in some industrial equipment, and I came across some curious behavior of the input circuit... The circuit is pretty simple, it is a resistor divider with a capacitor ...
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### monostable Eccles - Jordan multivibrator, theory

I’ve a few problems and questions to the principle of monostable multivibrator’s work. Basic schematic is as below: What is the reason for D1, C1, R3 elements at input? Why I can’t just tie a ...
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### What is the purpose of extra parallel resistor R2

This probably is a very basic question. I looked at a real world device schematic - a "digital pushbutton" and can't figure out why R2 is necessary. This device is supposed to be connected to arduino....
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### What role does this diode play?

I've just bought an Arduino Uno kit, and am going through all the projects in the booklet that comes with the kit. From even the simplest LED and resistor circuit, to get a feel for the Arduino board, ...
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### Can't understand a given answer about a 1st Kirchhoff's law question

I am currently studying the textbook "Lectures about the fundamentals of Electrical Engineering" by Adalbert Prechtl and after finishing the theory about Kirchhoff's law, I tried to solve some basic ...
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### 741 Op. Amp.: Inverting input connected to output (pin 2 connected to pin 6). What does it mean?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I am a newbie electronics students. My question is, what does it mean (what happens) when you connect pin 2 to pin 6 on a 741 op. ...
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### How can I solve for impedances if given RMS currents?

Given a very simple circuit such as this. If I where given the RMS values for the three currents, how could I go about solving R and Xl? (the resistor and inductor in paralell) I know I can not ...
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### how to wire together multiple photoresistors to make one big sensor?

I'm using an esp32 dev board, and a bunch of 5v laser diode emitters pointed an equal number of photocell resistors across a plane. The goal is only to detect when any two or more beams break at the ...
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### Bjt for trigger MOSFET

I my project MOSFET need 13 v 65% PWM to trigger but controller output is 5 volt then how can I amplify this in voltage
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### Maximum output power of a PA

I was discussing with a friend about maximum output power of a (class A/B power) amplifier (for example if the device following the PA can only tolerate a certain amount of power). If the input power ...
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### Basic NFC Loop Design on PCB

I'm a college student learning the basics of NFC loop antenna design. As a starting point, I'm trying to design a PCB-based rectangular NFC loop operating at 13.56 MHz, matched to 50Ω. (NFC "...
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### Source transformation violation

Using thevenins or norton theorem, we can easily find current through the resistor as 1 amps. But if we convert the current source to voltage source , current turns out to be zero amps . Why?
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### Help me solve this TAOE problem

So, I picked up this book and am working through it by myself. I am a bit stuck on problem 1.6: In the bottom you can see how I'm approaching this. I'm assuming the transmission cable goes across NY, ...