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Differences b/w Voltage,EMF,Potential diff.

  1. Oct 24, 2004 #1
    What are the differences among voltage,emf and potential difference?
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  3. Oct 24, 2004 #2


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    Voltage is defined between two points A, B in an electric field or in an electric circuit as the work done by the electric field when a unit positive charge moves from A to B.
    The potential at a point A is defined as the work done by the field when a unite positive charge moves from A to the place of zero potential.
    From these definitions follows that the voltage UAB = UA - UB, that is the negative of the potential difference which is UB-UA.
    Electromotive force (emf) is defined for voltage sources, and it is equal to the voltage across the terminals of the unloaded source (when nothing is connected to it).

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