What is electricity?

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What is electricity?

Postby Rolluplostinspace » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:20 pm

I was asked this question by a 14 year old a couple of months back and struggled with an answer.
Without Googling can you answer the question?
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby McAz » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:51 pm

Yes, as far as reasonable - because I began my working life as an electrical mechanic. Could I have otherwise? No.
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Trapper John » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:48 pm

Rolluplostinspace wrote:I was asked this question by a 14 year old a couple of months back and struggled with an answer.
Without Googling can you answer the question?


Have you been pondering it all this time Jack?

I only Google to confirm things like dates and names because I know everything there is to know already.

My answer to that question would have been 'energy' because electricity is a manifestation of it.

Difficult to explain in greater detail I agree because electricity can be created in various ways, many of which don't, at first appearance, seem to have a direct connection.

For example, the electricity discharged in a lightning bolt appears to be poles apart from the chemical electricity surging through your body a million times a second which drives everything you do, right down to your thoughts.

On a molecular level though, it's all the same, atomic reactions creating energy.
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Rolluplostinspace » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:59 pm

No answers so far then ... that mean anything anyway.
So what is electricity?
The question is very simple the answer it seems is not.
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Stooo » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:07 pm

Rolluplostinspace wrote:No answers so far then ... that mean anything anyway.
So what is electricity?
The question is very simple the answer it seems is not.


A quantum flow of electrons if my memory serves me. Electricity is everywhere including literally in our brains, in short, electricity is life.

The single electron theory tends to muddle your mind when you consider that we ourselves have intimate interaction with electricity every day just to merely exist.

One electron, everywhere at once. Figure that out...
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby McAz » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:08 pm

Stooo wrote:
Rolluplostinspace wrote:No answers so far then ... that mean anything anyway.
So what is electricity?
The question is very simple the answer it seems is not.


A quantum flow of electrons if my memory serves me. Electricity is everywhere including literally in our brains, in short, electricity is life.

The single electron theory tends to muddle your mind when you consider that we ourselves have intimate interaction with electricity every day just to merely exist.

One electron, everywhere at once. Figure that out...

To be picky it's not a theory but a conjecture, not even that really, more a provocative thoughtrain like "one hand clapping". It does play havoc with Jack's question right enough, or rather the answer, since as you say the flow of electricity (there is no such stuff without flow) is a movement of electrons between two points with a potential difference - and if there is but one electron then how can there be a flow of them? The only meaningful answer to Jack's far too broad question is of course 42. :smilin:
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Guest » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:12 pm

Rolluplostinspace wrote:I was asked this question by a 14 year old a couple of months back and struggled with an answer.
Without Googling can you answer the question?





I'm more curious as to why a 14 year old would ask you anything that would require a Knowledgeable reply
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Stooo » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:13 pm

McAz wrote:
Stooo wrote:
Rolluplostinspace wrote:No answers so far then ... that mean anything anyway.
So what is electricity?
The question is very simple the answer it seems is not.


A quantum flow of electrons if my memory serves me. Electricity is everywhere including literally in our brains, in short, electricity is life.

The single electron theory tends to muddle your mind when you consider that we ourselves have intimate interaction with electricity every day just to merely exist.

One electron, everywhere at once. Figure that out...

To be picky it's not a theory but a conjecture, not even that really, more a provocative thoughtrain like "one hand clapping". It does play havoc with Jack's question right enough, or rather the answer, since as you say the flow of electricity (there is no such stuff without flow) is a movement of electrons between two points with a potential difference - and if there is but one electron then how can there be a flow of them? The only meaningful answer to Jack's far too broad question is of course 42. :smilin:


Nothing from Jack despite two different theories that attempt to answer his question :again?:
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Rolluplostinspace » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:52 pm

Have a read of this ..... it seems the question can't be answered which I find fascinating.

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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Big Fat Frosty » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:12 pm

energy produced by one mass colliding with or interacting with another mass
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Stooo » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:16 pm

Big Fat Frosty wrote:energy produced by one mass colliding with or interacting with another mass
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Mass is slowed down energy...
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Big Fat Frosty » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:33 pm

no
energy flows from the interaction of mass
mass is everything
gravity even distorts time
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Big Fat Frosty » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:40 pm

intergalactic time
will be much faster
than interstellar time
no gravity wells..
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Big Fat Frosty » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:28 am

Big Fat Frosty wrote:intergalactic time
will be much faster
than interstellar time
no gravity wells..
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it explains all that lost mass
its just traveling faster than you thought...
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Re: What is electricity?

Postby Stooo » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:55 pm

Big Fat Frosty wrote:
Big Fat Frosty wrote:intergalactic time
will be much faster
than interstellar time
no gravity wells..
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it explains all that lost mass
its just traveling faster than you thought...
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Mass expands when it gets close to the SOL :dunno:
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