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Electric Charge - Electric Charge and Static Electricity
Charges that are the same repel each other. Charges that are different attract each other.

Electric Force - Electric Charge and Static Electricity
An electric field is a region around a charged object where the object’s electric force is exerted on other charged objects.

Electric Force - Electric Charge and Static Electricity
An electric field is a region around a charged object where the object’s electric force is exerted on other charged objects.

Transferring Charge - Electric Charge and Static Electricity
There are three methods by which charges can be transferred to build up static electricity: charging by friction, by conduction, and by induction.

Transferring Charge - Electric Charge and Static Electricity
An electroscope can be used to detect the presence of a charge.

Transferring Static Electricity
- Electric Charge and Static Electricity Previewing Visuals Before you read, preview Figure 4. Then write two questions that you have about the diagram in a graphic organizer like the one below. As you read, answer your questions. Transferring Static Electricity Q. What are three ways that static electricity can be transferred? A. Charging by friction, charging by conduction, and charging by induction Q. Why does an object become charged? A. An object becomes charged when electrons are transferred from one location to another.

- Electric Charge and Static Electricity Links on Static Electricity Click the SciLinks button for links on static electricity.

Click the Video button to watch a movie about lightning.
- Electric Charge and Static Electricity Lightning Click the Video button to watch a movie about lightning.

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Flow of Electric Charges
- Electric Current Flow of Electric Charges Electric current is the continuous flow of electric charges through a material.

An Electric Circuit - Electric Current
An electric circuit is a complete, unbroken path through which electric charges can flow.

Resistance - Electric Current
Two factors that affect the resistance of water flowing in a pipe are diameter and length. The diameter and length of a wire also affect resistance in a circuit.

Outlining - Electric Current
As you read, make an outline about electric current. Use the red headings for the main ideas and the blue headings for the supporting ideas. Flow of Electric Charges What Is Electric Current? Current in a Circuit Conductors and Insulators Conductors Insulators Voltage Charges Need Energy to Flow Voltage Sources Resistance Current Depends on Resistance Factors That Determine Resistance Path of Least Resistance

More on Electric Current
Click the PHSchool.com button for an activity about electric current.

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The First Battery - Batteries
Volta built the first electric battery by layering zinc, paper soaked in salt water, and silver.

Electrochemical Cells
- Batteries Electrochemical Cells An electrochemical cell is a device that transforms chemical energy into electrical energy.

Electrochemical Cells
- Batteries Electrochemical Cells An electrochemical cell in which the electrolyte is a liquid is a wet cell.

Electrochemical Cells
- Batteries Electrochemical Cells A dry cell is an electrochemical cell in which the electrolyte is a paste.

Building Vocabulary - Batteries
After you read the section, reread the paragraphs that contain definitions of Key Terms. Use the information you have learned to write a definition of each Key Term in your own words. Key Terms: Key Terms: Examples: electrode terminal battery wet cell dry cell Examples: chemical energy Chemical energy is the energy that chemical compounds store within the compounds. A metal in an electrochemical cell that is covered with electrolyte is called an electrode. chemical reaction The electrode part that sticks up above the electrolyte is called the terminal. A chemical reaction is a process in which substances change into other substances with different properties than the original substances. A battery is a series of electrochemical cells. electrochemical cell An electrochemical cell is an electrical device that changes chemical energy into electrical energy. A wet cell is an electrochemical cell that has liquid as its electrolyte. electrolyte A dry cell is an electrochemical cell that has paste as its electrolyte. An electrolyte is a substance in an electrochemical cell through which current flows.

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Decimals - Electric Circuits
When calculating voltage, you often use decimals. When you multiply two decimals, the number of decimal places in the product is the sum of the number of decimal places in each decimal you multiply. If a circuit has a resistance of 30.5 ohms and a current of 0.05 amps, what is its voltage?

Decimals - Electric Circuits Practice Problem
Use Ohm’s law to calculate the voltage of a circuit with a resistance of 15.2 ohms and a current of 0.10 amps. 1.52 volts

Calculating Resistance
- Electric Circuits Calculating Resistance The brake light on an automobile is connected to a 12-volt battery. If the resulting current is 0.40 amps, what is the resistance of the brake light? Read and Understand What information are you given? Battery Voltage = 12 V Current = 0.40 A

Calculating Resistance
- Electric Circuits Calculating Resistance The brake light on an automobile is connected to a 12 volt battery. If the resulting current is 0.40 amps, what is the resistance of the break light? Plan and Solve What quantity are you trying to calculate? The resistance of the brake light What formula contains the given quantities and the unknown quantity? Resistance = Voltage/Current Perform the calculation. Resistance = 12 V/0.40 A = 30 Ω

Calculating Resistance
- Electric Circuits Calculating Resistance The brake light on an automobile is connected to a 12-volt battery. If the resulting current is 0.40 amps, what is the resistance of the brake light? Look Back and Check Does your answer make sense? The answer makes sense because you are dividing the voltage by a decimal. The answer should be greater than either number in the fraction, which it is.

Calculating Resistance
- Electric Circuits Calculating Resistance Practice Problem In a circuit, there is a 0.5-A current in the bulb. The voltage across the bulb is 4.0 V. What is the bulb’s resistance? 8.0 Ω (4.0 V ÷ 0.5 A)

Calculating Resistance
- Electric Circuits Calculating Resistance Practice Problem A waffle iron has a 12-A current. If the resistance of the coils is 10 Ω, what must the voltage be? 120 V (12 A X 10 Ω)

Features of a Circuit - Electric Circuits
Simple symbols are used to diagram a circuit.

Series Circuits - Electric Circuits
In a series circuit, there is only one path for the current to take.

Parallel Circuits - Electric Circuits
In a parallel circuit, there are several paths for the current to take.

Series and Parallel Circuits Activity
- Electric Circuits Series and Parallel Circuits Activity Click the Active Art button to open a browser window and access Active Art about series and parallel circuits.

Comparing and Contrasting
- Electric Circuits Comparing and Contrasting As you read, compare and contrast series circuits and parallel circuits in a Venn diagram like the one below. Write the similarities in the space where the circles overlap and the differences on the left and right sides. Series Circuit Parallel Circuit Only one path for current to take Unbroken path that has a current Several paths for current to take

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Electric Power - Electric Power
The rate at which energy is transformed from one form to another is known as power. Power is measured in watts (W).

Calculating Power - Electric Power
A household light bulb has about 0.5 amps of current in it. Since the standard household voltage is 120 volts, what is the power rating for this bulb? Read and Understand What information have you been given? Current = 0.5 A Voltage = 120 V

Calculating Power - Electric Power
A household light bulb has about 0.5 amps of current in it. Since the standard household voltage is 120 volts, what is the power rating for this bulb? Plan and Solve What quantity are you trying to calculate? The power of the light bulb = ? What formula contains the given quantities and the unknown quantity? Power = Voltage X Current Perform the calculation. Power = 120 V X 0.5 A Power = 60 W

Calculating Power - Electric Power
A household light bulb has about 0.5 amps of current in it. Since the standard household voltage is 120 volts, what is the power rating for this bulb? Look Back and Check Does your answer make sense? The answer is reasonable, because 60 W is a common rating for household light bulbs.

Calculating Power Practice Problem - Electric Power
A flashlight bulb uses two 1.5-V batteries in series to create a current of 0.5 A. What is the power rating of the bulb? 1.5 W (3.0 V X 0.5 A)

Calculating Power Practice Problem - Electric Power
A hair dryer has a power rating of 1,200 W and uses a standard voltage of 120 V. What is the current through the hair dryer? 10 A (1,200 W ÷ 120 V)

Before you read, preview the red headings. In a graphic organizer like the one below, ask a what or how question for each heading. As you read, write answers to your questions. Question Answer What is electric power? Electric power is the rate at which electrical energy is transformed into another form of energy.

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Electrical Equipment and Fires
- Electrical Safety Electrical Equipment and Fires If electrical equipment is not properly used and maintained, it can cause fires. The circle graph shows the percentage of fires caused by different types of electrical equipment.

Electrical Equipment and Fires
- Electrical Safety Electrical Equipment and Fires Reading Graphs: What determines the size of each wedge in the graph? The percentage of fires caused by a certain type of electrical equipment

Electrical Equipment and Fires
- Electrical Safety Electrical Equipment and Fires Reading Graphs: What percentage of fires are caused by appliances? 15%

Electrical Equipment and Fires
- Electrical Safety Electrical Equipment and Fires Interpreting Data: Which category of equipment is responsible for the most fires? Which category is responsible for the fewest fires? Cooking equipment is responsible for the most fires. Heating and cooling equipment is responsible for the fewest fires.

Grounding - Electrical Safety
One way to protect people from electric shock and other electrical danger is to provide an alternate path for electric current.

Breaking a Circuit - Electrical Safety
In order to prevent circuits from overheating, devices called fuses and circuit breakers are added to circuits.

Using Prior Knowledge - Electrical Safety
Before you read, write what you know about electrical safety in a graphic organizer like the one below. As you read, write what you learn. What You Know An electric shock can be dangerous What You Learned An electric shock through a person can have a high current and can be fatal.

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Graphic Organizer Devices to prevent circuits from overheating
include Circuit breakers Fuses work by work by Bending away from wires Melting

End of Section: Graphic Organizer