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According to the MIT School of Engineering, a battery provides an electrical charge due to the chemical reactions that take place inside it once it is connected into an electrical circuit. When a circuit connects the pos... More »

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Potato batteries use the acids in the potato to start a reaction with two electrodes made of different metals that cause electrons to flow from one to the other through the potato, producing power. The potato acts as a s... More »

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To install a car battery, first remove the old battery if necessary. Place the new battery in the tray, secure it with the hold-down clamp, then attach the positive, or red, cable to the red terminal. Next, do the same w... More »

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A light bulb circuit works when the electric current flowing through the light bulb combines with the current flowing in the battery or power source. The filament and wires in the light bulb conduct electricity so that e... More »

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Electricity moves through a circuit according to the polarity, or charge, of the power source and the various loads in the circuit. The power source of a circuit has positively charged and negatively charged terminals. E... More »

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The RC time constant is the product of the resistance and capacitance of a circuit, or R x C. It is used to describe the rate of charging when a battery is connected to a resistor and capacitor in series. RC circuits can... More »

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A transformer changes the voltage of an electric current while transferring it from one circuit to another through electromagnetic induction. Fluctuating magnetic fields in the transformer generate an electric current in... More »

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