A community for students.
Here's the question you clicked on:
 0 viewing
mathavraj
 3 years ago
i think i maybe dumb..but could'nt help in asking..how does an alternating current flow?if the electrons first flow in one direction and reverse their direction shouldnt they be oscillating about a mean position??
mathavraj
 3 years ago
i think i maybe dumb..but could'nt help in asking..how does an alternating current flow?if the electrons first flow in one direction and reverse their direction shouldnt they be oscillating about a mean position??

This Question is Closed

Mashy
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0hmmm you can think of it that way.. how do you create an ac current?.. you take a coil and rotate it in a steady magnetic field (that is one way of doing it).. when that happens.. there is a magnetic force experienced by the charges.. and this forces alternates.. creating an alternating current.. so i guess you can say that they oscillate..

VincentLyon.Fr
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Yes you are right, that is exactly what they are doing. That is an alternating flow.

mathavraj
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@Mashy @VincentLyon.Fr if they are oscillating abt a fixed mean position,then how do they produce current (which is by defn. "the flow" of electrons)?

Aqua666
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0because they are still flowing.. They return too one point each time but the movement (and therefor the flow) doesn't disappear, it just reverses.

azolotor
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Think about the electrons pushing all the other electrons in one direction then the other so all the way down the wire things are getting pushed one way, then the other.

Mashy
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0obviously.. the average value over one complete cycle is zero..cause as you say there is not net electron flow.... :).. thats why the average value is always taken over one half cycle..

VincentLyon.Fr
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Whether electrons are flowing in one direction only, or alternatively, they still push one another and transmit energy along the line. When your electricity company sells "electricity", it does not sell you electrons but electron motion.

Mashy
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0But i always wondered.. the only reason we can use electron energy is because A) the motion heats up the material.. and hence produces light B) produces magnetism and thus helps make motors if it weren't for these two results.. electricity is pure useless right??..

VincentLyon.Fr
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1@Mashy A) yes B) yes, but in the case where the magnets are permanent, the reason is that the conductor undergoes a force due to the outside magnetic field. C) electron energy is so easy to transfer from one place to another.
Ask your own question
Sign UpFind more explanations on OpenStudy
Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.
spraguer
(Moderator)
5
→ View Detailed Profile
is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...
23
 Teamwork 19 Teammate
 Problem Solving 19 Hero
 Engagement 19 Mad Hatter
 You have blocked this person.
 ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...
Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.