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Theory is a contemplative and rational type of abstract or generalizing thinking, or the results of such thinking. Depending on the context

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Does a current source have a difference in potential?

I am doing a nodal analysis of this circuit. I have found that \$ V_A = 10 V \$ and \$ V_B = -20 V \$ is it possible to have a situation like that? I mean a difference in potential between terminals ...
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How do I calculate I2 by nodal analysis only?

I am trying to do a nodal analysis of this circuit. and I need to do this by nodal analysis only. I need to find \$ i_1 \$, \$ i_2 \$ and \$ i_3 \$. I have found that \$ i_1 = \frac{V_B - V_A}{R_1}...
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How do I determine the unknowns for this equation?

Suppose a series RLC circuit in series with a 12 V battery and a switch initially opened. R = 100 Ω, L = 100mH and C = 10uF. L and C are initially discharged. A t=0 the switch is closed. I want to ...
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What is the meaning of current at infinite time for a series RLC circuit formula

I am reading this doc. At one point, the author says the current equation form a critically damped series RLC circuit when a step function is applied is: \$ I_L(t) = I_{\infty} + (B_1 + B_2t)e^{-\...
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Degenerate circuit concept and its theoretical and practical implications

I came across with the term "degenerate circuit" when I was studying solving linear differential equations with Laplace transform. I have learned that a system is called degenerate when the ...
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How do I calculate the unknowns of the current equation for a RLC series circuit?

Suppose I was dealing with the following voltage equation for the RLC series circuit: \$ v(t) = Ae^{m_1t} + Be^{m_2t} + V_s \$ To know the values of A and B I would do the two initial conditions: ...
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Transistor Exercise

So i have this circuit and i need to find Ibias so that the emitter impedance will be equal to RS. I also need to find RC and RB knowing that Vce = Vcc/2 and Ve = 0.5 V. What i know is Vcc = 5 V, C1 = ...
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Dependent Sources in thevenin

is it allowed to have only one dependent source in a circuit ? (and not a single independent source) also i want to know why circuits with no independent sources ( and with any number of dependent ...
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What's the rationale behind these warnings about extension cords?

(Disclaimer: I've read the help center and I do understand that this is bordering on off-topic since it's about consumer devices. However I hope that I've managed to make enough on-topic by asking ...
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Trying to understand the transient current equation on a RLC circuit

I am reading this doc I see this magic happening on the third line of equations... How in the name of Math, does this \$ Ae^{st} \$ appeared there? Magic?
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MCU sinking current from a higher voltage source

In previous designs, I have used an MCU digital output to drive the lower side of a resistor ladder to the supply voltage, to prevent power consumption when the ladder is not being sampled: Schematic ...
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Is this negative resistor model valid for any type of LC self oscillating circuit?

Is the following negative resistance model valid for any type of LC oscillator? If not, what are the exceptions? Image Source is from here
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When deriving the instantaneous power equation for an AC power system, I get different answers depending on how I model the V & I signals. Why?

When I define v(t) & i(t) like this: v(t)=VmCos(wt); i(t)=ImCos(wt-b), where Vm=Voltage Amplitude, Im=Current Amplitude, w=rotational frequency, b=phase shift between v and i relative to v. I ...
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Parallel RLC Resonance bandwidth

Good day ,I need help in understanding a practice problem that my professor gave us. A parallel resonant circuit has Q = 20 and is resonant at ωO = 10,000 rad/s. If Zin = 5kΩ at ω = ωO what is ...
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Understanding generator wear and rotor electrical measurements

I have a generator that I am attempting to fix, and I am getting readings that are out of spec on the rotor brushes. Per some instructional videos I found, I should be measuring 5V AC on the rotor ...
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Deriving resonance frequency of RLCC circuit

I am trying to determine the resonance frequency of an RLC resonator with added capacitor, as shown below: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab Two cases are easy to ...
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Does an LED’s free electrons ever run out?

I’m aware that LEDs are doped with impurities on each p-type and n-type material to increase the charge carriers of each semiconductor. My curiosity now is, how does each side continue to have extra ...
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Basic Theory - finding voltage between two points

I'm a neophyte here trying to learn using "Practical Electronics for Inventors, 4th Edition" (which received almost a 5 star review with over 500 reviews on Amazon). The preface of the book states "...
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Should the error term of PID be normalized?

By "normalized", I mean +/-1 ~= the maximum error the system can reasonably be expected to experience, or divided by the setpoint. Background: I am working on a PID controller for an SSR heater ...
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What is the voltage potential of ground during a short

During a short, is it possible for the voltage potential of the ground to change? Say for example, we short a 9V battery, how does the ground stay at 0V and not become 9V?
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Step Response of Ideal Inductor with Current Source

I'm taking an electronics course to get a physics minor (I'm an applied math major) and today, the professor shows a diagram of an ideal current source connected to an ideal inductor. Crazy stuff I ...
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resistance and current [closed]

I struggle to understand how if I increase the resistance in a circuit, it requires less current, based of ohms law.
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Intuitive and iterative approach to understanding of blinking LED circuit

I've used following schematics to build blinking LED circuit and it worked. I tried to understand how it works qualitatively without solving differential equations. By this I mean understanding ...
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Is a hole in a conductor the same thing as a positive ion?

The flow of current in a (semi-)conductor is often described as holes and/or electrons moving between atoms. In this context: Is an atom with a hole the same thing as a positive ion (cation), and Is ...
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Doubling the voltage to a capacitor doubles the stored charge but does not make it charge slower. Why not?

This is a slightly theoretical question. If you charge a capacitor from say a 3V battery you get Q charge in T seconds. If you double the voltage to 6V you get 2Q charge also in T seconds. My ...
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Output resistance with no lambda SPICE parameter

I have a simple current mirror and am trying to find the output resistance in OrCAD. Somewhere I saw: $$R_O=r_{ds}={1\over g_{ds}}$$ Using this formula and the SPICE bias file, I get a theoretical ...
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Moore vs mealy, why the output is delayed in the former?

I am not an engineer (software developer myself) but would like to understand why moore machine output is delayed. I know that in Moore's machine, output depends only on the state, while in Mealy's ...
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Can I treat two identical capacitors with capacitance \$C\$ in parallel as one capacitor with capacitance \$2C\$?

Consider a circuit as shown with a battery, $$ V_b $$ and two identical capacitors $$ C_1, C_2 $$ (with C_2 being the one that's off to the side). Both have the same capacitance C. The resistor ...
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Should Kirchhoff's Law be changed to account for information removal? [closed]

If I have a simple DC circuit consisting only of an LED output, how does Kirchhoff recognize the fact that information has left the loop? Since, in accordance with relativity(?), you can't have ...
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What is the main carrier in a semiconductor with n-type material being electrons and p-type materials being holes?

Not even gonna lie this is for a crossword. it is a 15 letter word. I have searched online, in my textbooks and I cannot figure out what it is. Closest I've found is Extrinsic Semiconductor but it's ...
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Does electricity always flow in a closed loop and why does current flow to ground?

I have been taught that current flows in a closed loop back to the source. And with electrical distribution, current flows to ground because the whole grid is effectively grounded back to the source. ...
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What are (if there are any) the major applications/implications of relativistic electrodynamics in engineering? [closed]

I was wondering about the relativistic and covariant formulation of classical E&M and Maxwell's Equations. Does they have any major implication in engineering (not exclusively talking about ...
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Why earth ground connection does not leak current?

This seems like a question which has been asked multiple times on forums. I researched the problem but I still was unable to figure out the answer which I can at least intuitively understand. So in ...
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Connecting capacitor to the ground and potentials question

I am a newbie trying to enter the world of electronics and currently struggling with getting a good grasp of basic concepts of electricity. I understand that electrons which usually produce the ...
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How to calculate value of R2 in this circuit?

I'm reading a Floyd electronics book and working through some problems. This one has me stumped however. I already know the answer as it's given in the book (110k). However, I don't know how to ...
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What is behavior of this virtual ground circuit when sourcing/sinking current?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab This is the virtual ground circuit from a battery-powered headphone amplifier(direct link to schematic PDF). What is the behavior of ...
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Filament and brightness confusion

So I've been reading mixed explanations on the following questions I've been pondering: Does a brighter (incandescent) bulb use thinner more resistance filament or a larger less resistance one? Which ...
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Relaxation Oscillator Theory

I'm having issues understanding and how to derive the theory for my lab project regarding a relaxation oscillator. I feel like I'm really overthinking it. Here's the oscillator schematic we're working ...
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Calculating Thevenin Resistance

I am having difficulty calculating the Thevenin resistance of this circuit I know I need to replace the batteries with links but then I am confused about how to approach R1,2 & 3 in terms of ...
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Simplifying capacitor input network

For a design I am working with a capacitive feedback network. I can't show you the actual network, but I intend this to be a more general question as it should be applicable to any input network. ...
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Theory: Creating “LPS” transmitter for GPS receivers

As I understand it, GPS works by having transmitters with known locations send a timestamp, and calculating the time it took to receive it, so that you can triangulate your own position, (essentially ...
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Flow of current, isn't make potential difference?

I've learn some electronic knowledge at school and so confused by some questions. Q1. IS it possible a flow of electricity without an electric field? Q2. I've learn that moving of particle with ...
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BJT Voltage Divider Bias Circuit Theoretical/Ideal Model Help ..LTSPICE?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I've been trying to study BJT Voltage Divider Bias Circuits. In particular, as they relate to their active region, amplification, and ...
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How can I calbrate my power meter?

I used to work for a company that made power meters but only worked on the desktop application (user interface) side of things and never really learned completely how some processes occur, like the ...
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“Current is pulled not pushed” they say. Doesn't the transistor working the other way around? [closed]

The emitter current is defined by hfe and the base current not the load. The load does not "define" Iemitter.
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Flow of electricity. Need explanation [closed]

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab People are taught how to calculate this very simple thing, and the calculation goes from source plus to minus, and the diode is there ...
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Is there a formula to determine the size of decoupling capacitors? [duplicate]

I have used many decoupling capacitors in circuits and have seen them in many textbooks, but they never give an explanation about why they picked a certain size of capacitor. Everyone seems to have a ...
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Theoretical: Would it be possible to have a worldwide AC standard at 55hz

The question comes from a discussion I had years ago with a keyboard player who had perfect pitch. His problem came from the fact that he lived in a very small appartment in an old building and he ...
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Subthreshold regime advantages/disadvantages

Could someone explain the most important reasons for an analog designer to use MOSFET transistors in the subthreshold regime? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Generally, the circuits in mind ...
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Cgs,Cgd capacitor in Mosfet/ problem with measurement unit

I am a little confused with this problem. I would like to ask if I have a Mosfet(in saturation)and I have find that Cgs=16fF and Coverlap = 0.5fF/um(this is given in the description of the exercise), ...