# What is electric current? What is current measured in? What is the difference between a series and parallel circuit? How many circuit symbols can you draw?

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What is electric current? What is current measured in? What is the difference between a series and parallel circuit? How many circuit symbols can you draw?

5.1 Electric Circuits

By the end of today: –You should be able to draw circuit symbols for common components. –Describe what these things actually do. –Some will be able to use these symbols to draw circuit diagrams. 5.1 Electric Circuits

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Can you light a bulb with just one wire?

5.2 Resistance

Resistance

By the end of today: –You will know where to put an ammeter and a voltmeter in a circuit. –You will be able to describe how to measure the resistance of a component. –You can state Ohm’s law. –Some will be able to rearrange the resistance equation. 5.2 Resistance

Ohm’s Law Resistance = Potential Difference (volts) (ohms) Current (amperes) V is Potential Difference measured in voltage, V I is current measured in Amps, A R is resistance measured in Ohms, Ω R = V I RI V

Ohm’s Law The current through a resistor at a constant temperature is directly proportional to the potential difference across the resistor. This means if you double the current you double the voltage over a component. It also means that the resistance of the component does not change when you put more current through it.

5.3 Resistance of Components

By the end of today: –You should be able to recognise the graph of current against voltage for a diode, filament lamp, thermistor and LDR 5.3 Resistance of Components

AV An ammeter measures the current in the circuit A voltmeter measures the potential difference across a component.

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AV bit of wire http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc How to measure resistance

Current (A) Potential Difference (Volts) Current (A) Potential Difference (Volts)

Current (A) Potential Difference (Volts) R = V I If the gradient is constant… …then the ratio of V to I is constant…. …so the resistance is constant A Resistor

A Filament Lamp The filament lamp is a common type of light bulb. It contains a thin coil of wire called the filament. This heats up when an electric current passes through it, and produces light as a result.

A Filament Lamp The filament lamp does not follow Ohm’s Law. Its resistance increases as the temperature of its filament increases. So the current flowing through a filament lamp is not directly proportional to the voltage across it. This is the graph of current against voltage for a filament lamp.

The diode

If the diode is this way round, no current can flow so the lamp stays unlit.

Conventional Current A By scientific convention the current goes from the positive end of the battery to the negative end.

Conventional Current A But current in an electronic circuit is the flow of electrons. Electrons are negatively charged. So the electrons actually go the other way around the circuit to what ‘conventional current’ says.

What is negative current and voltage? A Consider conventional current (+ve to –ve) +ve reading

What is negative current and voltage? A If we turn the battery around we send the current the other way around the circuit, this gives us a negative reading on the ammeter. -ve reading

The diode has a very high resistance in one direction. This means that current can only flow in the other direction. This is the graph of current against potential difference for a diode.

Thermistors Thermistors are used as temperature sensors - for example, in fire alarms. Their resistance decreases as the temperature increases: At low temperatures, the resistance of a thermistor is high and little current can flow through them. At high temperatures, the resistance of a thermistor is low and more current can flow through them.

Light Dependent Resistor LDRs are used to detect light levels, for example, in automatic security lights. Their resistance decreases as the light intensity increases: In the dark and at low light levels, the resistance of an LDR is high and little current can flow through it. In bright light, the resistance of an LDR is low and more current can flow through it.

Tasks Use your notes from yesterday to answer Summary Questions 1 and 2 on page 173 Take detailed notes on a filament lamp and a diode (pg 174). Include a sketch graph of Figure 1 and 2. Take notes on a thermistor and an LDR (pg 175). Include a sketch graph of Figure 4 and 5. Answer Summary Questions 1 and 2 on page 175.

Answers Pg 173 1a) See board 1b) 6.0 Ohms 2 –W 6.0 Ohms –X 80 Volts –Y 2.0 Amps –Z 24 Ohms Pg 175 1 a) Thermistor 1 b) Diode 1 c) Filament Lamp 1 d) Resistor 2 a) 15 Ohms 2 b) Ammeter reading increases because the resistance of the thermistor decreases

Extension Tasks Collect your equipment from my desk. Can you set up the multimeter to find the resistance of a component? Draw a superb, artistic, clear diagram of what you have just done. Measure the resistance of a thermistor and an LDR. –How can you change their resistance? –Does that agree with what you have written in your notes?

5.4/5 Series and Parallel Circuits

Series Circuit The components in the circuit are lined up in series, one after each other.

Parallel Circuit The components in the circuit are lined up in parallel, in parallel lines to one another.

Series Circuit The current (electrons) can only go one way so the current is the same everywhere in the circuit. But the energy it has given to it by the battery is shared equally amongst all the bulbs.

Parallel Circuit The components in the circuit are lined up in parallel, in parallel lines to one another.

The total resistance (known as R T ) of a series circuit is equal to the sum of the resistance of each individual component. R T = R 1 +R 2 R1R1 R2R2 Resistance of a Circuit Copy this page

Tasks for this lesson… Answer all summary questions and exam style question on pages 182-183. Then do the A5 sheet (complete for homework). Questions with an E are extension questions. If you want an A or an A* then you should have a go at these.

Tasks for this lesson… Do this sheet first. Then do this one. Questions with an E are extension questions. If you want an A or an A* then you should have a go at these.

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