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Questions tagged [theory]

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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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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How can Ohms law be used to calculate the resistor value for an LED when multiple voltage/current pairings give the same resistance?

Say I have a 9V supply, and I want to power an LED that requires 3V and 0.02A. From what I understand, I need to add a resistor that will drop 6V, and reduce the current to 0.02A, and I can calculate ...
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Estimate capacitor parameters

I am thinking of making a capacitor, just for fun/for studying purposes. And I thought of the following exercise. In my local store, there exists rolls of polyethylene food film and aluminium foil. ...
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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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Magnet that needs power to turn off? Inverse coil?

I have never heard of such thing. But it would really suit my needs. I'm inventing a device and during it's operation, it should be able to catch an iron object any time (with a permanent magnet). ...
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Why isn't a transformer a short circuit?

I'm a newbie with electronic components and I never fully understood why transformers, while essentially being a short-circuit from a wire perspective, don't act like short circuits (i.e. they don't ...
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Average Power for “Infinite period of time” of a periodic signal

Last night in class we talked about the average power for any periodic function. I'm just confused of why the one halves are in the bounds for this equation. Since we are letting tau approach ...
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current speed/flow [closed]

Note my questions are in form of explaining. its because I've scattered information (or assumptions) and it want to link them. that's probably why you can see me explaining to much? Question part: ...
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A question about electrons, charges and current

Let's talk about DC, a very simple circuit: a light bulb and a battery. Some authors say that electrons move from negative to positive and current from positive from negative. I always thought ...
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Ceramic caps vs electrolytic. What are the tangible differences in use?

A quick google around and all I seem to be able to find are people talking about the physics & the chemistry of the capacitors but not how this affects choosing which to use. Avoiding talking ...
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Noise and what does V/√Hz actually mean?

Noise figures in (op amp) datasheets are expressed in V/√Hz, but Where does this unit come from? Why the square root? How should I pronounce it? How should I interpret it? I know lower is better, ...
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What are the initial conditions used to find the coefficients in the current equations?

Suppose a RLC series circuit. R, L and C are in series with a battery and a switch. The switch is open. L and C are discharged. At t=0, the switch is closed and the battery (V1) feeds the circuit. I ...
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How do I find the current equations for the RLC Series Circuit?

Let's talk about a RLC series circuit. R, L and C are in series with a battery and a switch. The switch is open. L and C are discharged. At t=0, the switch is closed and the battery (V1) feeds the ...
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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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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)=V_m\cos(\omega t)\$ \$i(t)=I_m\cos(\omega t-b)\$ where \$V_m\$=Voltage Amplitude, \$I_m\$=Current Amplitude, \$\omega\$=rotational frequency,...
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How to calculate the input and output capacitors of a common emitter amplifier using BJT?

Sorry if the question is stupid, but my head is still hard as a coconut and I am learning... I am dealing with this circuit that I have calculated from scratch. This circuit was designed to have ...
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What are the differences between Greinacher and Bridge voltage doublers?

I was reading a wiki article on Voltage doublers, and wondered - what are principal diffirences between two following schemes: They all share same amount of components, but when and why should be one ...
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Help me understand what happens with the circuit when an AC signal is applied

Consider this circuit. Transistor is 2N2222A. Ic is chosen to be 10 mA. Hfe is 225 for that current. Resistors are calculated to have Vbe = 0.7V and Vc = 4.5V. I am trying to understand what happens ...
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How do I really calculate these resistors?

I am learning about it. I would like to focus on this circuit I am trying to calculate R10 and R11. I want Ic = 10 mA. Transistor is 2N2222A. This is an amplifier. If I understood how amplifiers ...
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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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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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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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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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Simple transistor circuit

I have been studying transistors and decided to try my knowledge in my lab to find out that nothing works as I thought it would.. I had a small lamp 12V and a handful of 2N3904 transistors, along ...
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Electric networks with an open-loop

This is a generic concept question that I encountered during the first day of an EE course. Our lecturer told us that electric circuits are essentially electric networks with closed loops. I would ...
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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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Current divider rule calculation issue

I'm doing the exercises from Wisc-Online. This one I think they are really great to learn and practice and have already done a bunch of their practical trainings. But here I'm starting to be crazy. I ...
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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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Why do microcontrollers have so little RAM?

Maybe this is more of a perceptional problem, but it seems like microcontrollers have advanced by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years, in almost all regards, higher clock speed, more peripherals, ...
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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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Where does U for voltage come from?

I believe in Europe the letter U is commonly used for voltage in (eg.) Ohm's law \$U = I × R \$. I think I understand where the letter V came from, commonly used in North America. But what's the story ...
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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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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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What does common mode voltage stand for in an instrumentation amplifier?

I was reading a text about instrumentation amplifiers. I couldn't find any easy explanation what really common mode voltage means and its importance.
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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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Modelling transistor V_be and bulk resistance

I'd like to calculate algebraically the DC behaviour of various bipolar transistor circuits that used matched pairs or quads (exponential converters, current mirrors etc.), taking into account the ...
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MATLAB error: “acker” function not returning the same thing as ackermann's formula

I have a discrete time system Suppose I have the following AB matrix of my system $$A = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 1.5 \\ \end{bmatrix} $$ $$B = \begin{bmatrix} 0 \\ 1 \\ \end{...