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Title: Electricity

  • Chapter 17

Electric Charge
  • Charges Exert Force
  • Atoms are composed of particles with charges.
    The law of electric charges states that like
    charges repel and opposite charges attract.

The Force Between Protons and Electrons
  • Protons and electrons have opposite charges, they
    are attracted to each other

The Electric Force and the Electric Field
  • Electric force- the force of attraction or
    repulsion on a charged particle that is due to an
    electric field
  • Electric field the space around a charged
    object in which another charged object
    experiences an electric force

Charge it!
  • Friction
  • Conduction
  • Friction- occurs when electrons are wiped
  • from one object to another
  • Conduction electrons move from one object to
    another by direct contact.

Charge it!
  • Induction charges in an uncharged metal object
    are rearranged without direct contact with a
    charged object

Conservation of Charge
  • When you charge something by any method, no
    charges are created or destroyed. The numbers of
    electrons and protons stay the same.
  • Detecting Charge
  • You can use a device called an electroscope to
    see if something is charged

Moving Charges
  • Conductors- a material in which charges can move
  • Examples copper, aluminum
  • Insulators- a material in which charges
  • cannot move freely
  • Examples plastic, rubber, wood

Static Electricity
  • Static electricity- electric charge at rest
    produced from friction or induction
  • Electric Discharge the release of electricity
    stored in a source

17.2 Electric Current Energy
  • Electric Current (I) rate at which charges pass
    a given point
  • When you flip a switch, an electric field is set
    up in the wire at the speed of light. The
    electric field causes the electrons in the wire
    to move.
  • This electric field is created so quickly that
    all electrons start moving through the wire
  • Think of the electric field as a command to the
    electrons to charge ahead.

Types Electric current
  • Direct Current (DC)
  • Alternating Current (Ac)
  • Direct Current (DC) charges always flow in one
  • Ex batteries used in appliances
  • Alternating Current (AC) charges shift
  • from flowing in one direction to
    flowing in
  • the reverse direction
  • EX Wiring in house

Voltage and Energy
  • Voltage the potential difference between points
  • SI unit Volts (V)
  • You can think of voltage as the amount of energy
    released as a charge moves between two points in
    the path of a current.
  • As long as there is a voltage between 2 points,
    charges will flow in the wire. The size of the
    current depends on the voltage.

Varying Nature of Voltage
  • Different devices need different levels of
  • 1.5 V 9 V
    12 V

  • Resistance (R) opposition to the flow of
    electric charge
  • SI unit ohms (?)
  • Good conductors, such as copper, have low
  • Poor conductors, such as iron, have high
  • Resistance depends on thickness, length,
  • Thick, short wires have less resistance than
    long, thin wires.
  • The resistance of metals increases as temperature

  • Resistance (R) opposition to the flow of
    electric charge
  • SI unit ohms (?)
  • Good conductors, such as copper, have low
  • Poor conductors, such as iron, have high
  • Resistance depends on thickness, length,
  • Thick, short wires have less resistance than
    long, thin wires.
  • The resistance of metals increases as temperature

Generating Electrical Energy
  • Remember energy is not created or destroyed it
    only changes forms
  • Parts of a Cell
  • A cell contains a mixture of chemicals called an
    electrolyte. Every cell also has a pair of
    electrodes made from conducting materials

Types of Cells
  • There are 2 types of cells
  • Wet have an electrolyte
  • Example batteries sulfuric acid is the
  • Dry have a dry electrolyte
  • Example small radios or flashlights

Generating Electrical Energy
  • Cells change chemical or radiant energy into
    electrical energy. Batteries are made of one or
    more cells.
  • Thermocouple can take thermal energy and transfer
    it to electrical energy.
  • Photocell convert light energy into electrical

17.3 Electrical Calculations
  • How fast is a nanosecond? A nanosecond (ns) is
    one-billionth of a second. Electrical signals
    travel at 30 cm/ns. Calculate how far electrical
    signals travel in 1 second.

Connecting Current, Voltage, and Resistance
  • Georg Ohm Ohm (1789 1854) studied the resistance
    of materials. He measured the current that
    resulted from different voltages applied to a
    piece of metal wire.
  • Ohms Law the ratio or voltage (V) to current
    (I) is the resistance (R) of a material
  • V I x R

Electric Power
Unit SI Unit
Voltage (V) V - volt
Current (I) A- Amps
Resistance (R) Ohm - ?
Ohms Law Calculations
  • Ex 1 What is the voltage if the current is 2 A
    and the resistance is 12 ? ?
  • Ex 2 Find the voltage if the current is 0.2 A
    and the resistance is 2 ?

Ohms Law Calculations
  • Ex 3 The resistance of an object is 4 ?. If the
    current in the object is 9 A, what is the voltage
  • Ex 4 An object has a resistance of 20 ?.
    Calculate the voltage needed to produce a current
    of 0.5 A.

Electric Power
  • Electrical Power (P) the rate at which
    electrical energy is converted into other forms
    of energy
  • Si Unit Watts (W)
  • Power voltage x current
  • P V x I

Unit SI Unit
Voltage (V) V - volt
Current (I) A- Amps
Power (P) W - Watts
Electrical Power Calculations
  • Ex 1 A toaster draws approximately 10 A of
    current. A home receives 120 V at each electrical
    outlet. What is the power of the toaster?
  • Ex 2 A car uses a 12 V battery. One headlight
    draws 3.0 A. What is the power of the headlight?

Electrical Power Calculations
  • EX 3 A light bulb draws a 0.5 A current at a
    voltage of 120 V. What is the power rating of the
    light bulb?

Electrical Energy
  • Measuring Household Energy Use
  • Different amounts of electrical energy are used
    each day in a home. Electric companies usually
    calculate electrical energy by multiplying the
    power in kilowatts by the time in hours.

17.4 Electric Circuit
  • Just like a roller coaster, an electric circuit
    always forms a loop it starts and ends at the
    same place
  • Parts of an Electric Circuit
  • Energy source (Battery)
  • Wires
  • Load (light bulb, appliance)

  • Sometimes, a circuit also contains a switch
  • Switch opens or closes a circuit
  • Closed electrons can flow
  • Open electrons cannot flow

Types of Circuits
  • Series Circuit a circuit in which the parts are
    joined one after another such that the current in
    each part is the same.
  • One path for charges to follow charges must
    flow through each part of the circuit
  • The voltage across each load is different

Series circuits are useful in wiring burglar
alarms. If any part of the circuit fails, there
will be no current in the system and the alarm
will sound.
Types of circuits
  • Parallel Circuits - a circuit in which the parts
    are joined in branches so that the voltage
    (potential difference) across each part is the
  • Loads do not have the same current
  • Charges have more than one path to follow

Parallel Circuits are used in almost all
appliances and decorative string lights
Household circuit safety
  • Circuits can fail if they are overloaded or a
    wire breaks or has water damage.
  • To prevent fire
  • Fuses
  • A thin strip of metal in circuit that the charges
    flow through.
  • If the current is too high, the metal will
    melt and the circuit
  • is broken
  • Circuit Breakers
  • A switch that automatically opens if the current
    is too high. A metal strip heats up, bends, and
    opens the switch stopping the flow of current
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