- the energy available for conversion from nonelectric to electric form, or vice versa, per unit of charge passing through the source of the energy; the potential difference between the terminals of a source of electrical energy: expressed in volts. Abbreviation: emf
Origin of electromotive force
First recorded in 1825–35
Also called pressure.
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The fundamental “electromotive-force equation” of the heteropolar alternator can now be given a more definite form.
The electromotive-force equation of the alternator will be first deduced, and subsequently that of the continuous-current machine.
- a source of energy that can cause a current to flow in an electrical circuit or device
- the rate at which energy is drawn from this source when unit current flows through the circuit or device, measured in voltsAbbreviation: emf, EMF Symbol: E Compare potential difference
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- The energy per unit charge that is reversibly converted from chemical or other forms of energy into electrical energy in a battery.
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- Electric potential or voltage. Electromotive force is not really a force, but a measure of how much work would be done by moving an electric charge.
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