What is Electric: Definition and 1000 Discussions

Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and motion of matter that has a property of electric charge. Electricity is related to magnetism, both being part of the phenomenon of electromagnetism, as described by Maxwell's equations. Various common phenomena are related to electricity, including lightning, static electricity, electric heating, electric discharges and many others.
The presence of an electric charge, which can be either positive or negative, produces an electric field. The movement of electric charges is an electric current and produces a magnetic field.
When a charge is placed in a location with a non-zero electric field, a force will act on it. The magnitude of this force is given by Coulomb's law. If the charge moves, the electric field would be doing work on the electric charge. Thus we can speak of electric potential at a certain point in space, which is equal to the work done by an external agent in carrying a unit of positive charge from an arbitrarily chosen reference point to that point without any acceleration and is typically measured in volts.
Electricity is at the heart of many modern technologies, being used for:

Electric power where electric current is used to energise equipment;
Electronics which deals with electrical circuits that involve active electrical components such as vacuum tubes, transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, and associated passive interconnection technologies.Electrical phenomena have been studied since antiquity, though progress in theoretical understanding remained slow until the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The theory of electromagnetism was developed in the 19th century, and by the end of that century electricity was being put to industrial and residential use by electrical engineers. The rapid expansion in electrical technology at this time transformed industry and society, becoming a driving force for the Second Industrial Revolution. Electricity's extraordinary versatility means it can be put to an almost limitless set of applications which include transport, heating, lighting, communications, and computation. Electrical power is now the backbone of modern industrial society.

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  1. .Scott

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    A recent article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) describes a large electric capacitors based on carbon black and concrete. The device would be used for electric power storage - often in proximity to the electric power demand, for example, a home.
  2. EleSuki

    B Frequency of EM Waves from Monitor for Black/White & Color Images

    I am using an old monitor (MITSUBISHI RDT27IWLM). The power consumption changes when the screen is white or black, but does the frequency of the weak electromagnetic waves emitted from the monitor change? Or is the frequency the same, only the output is stronger/weaker?
  3. paulimerci

    Find the magnitude of the electric field at point P

    There are two identical spheres with the same charge that are the vertices of an equilateral triangle. ##+3 \mu C## will exert an outward electric field, which is drawn in the FBD below (see the attached pic), Since the horizontal force components (1x and 2x) are equal and opposite at point P...
  4. paulimerci

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  5. W

    B Exploring the Electric Field of a Moving Charge

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  6. M

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  7. Ahmedbadr132

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  8. L

    Divergence of the Electric field of a point charge

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  9. N

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  10. V

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  11. V

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  12. K

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  13. yucheng

    I Electric potential and potential difference

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  14. K

    A Two level system in a thermal noise electric field

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  15. O

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  16. Drakkith

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  17. AliTheAlienTV

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  18. K

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  19. Z

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  20. quarkyphysicsgirl

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  21. H

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  22. neroE

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  23. milkism

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  24. milkism

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  25. D

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  26. jesusnd12

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  27. Idontknowhatimdoing

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  28. C

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  29. abdulbadii

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  30. flamebane

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  31. Jake357

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  32. Jake357

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  33. notgoodatphysics

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  34. J

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  35. V

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    This is a tricky and difficult question for me. I know from reading various textbooks that electric lines of force are always continuous without breaks, but cannot pinpoint a reason for this. The only reason I can come up is that an electric line of force must always begin and end on charges...
  36. V

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  37. sinus

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  38. C

    Calculating Electric Potential for a Non-Negligible Thickness Toroid

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  39. Pushoam

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  40. Pushoam

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  41. R

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  42. C

    Graphing electric potential for two positive charges

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  43. B

    A Energy levels shifts in a time-varying electric field

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  44. N

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  45. C

    Electric field at surface of lead-208 nucleus

    For this problem, The solution is, However why is ## r = (208)^{1/3}(1.20 \times 10^{-15} m)## Many thanks!
  46. C

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  47. M

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  48. C

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  49. C

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