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Electricity The Quick Version

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**Voltage is how much electricity, or push, measured in Volts (V)**

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**Power is how much electrical energy being delivered in a unit of time, measured in Watts (W)**

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Current is the measure of electrical flow and is measured in amperes or “amps” (A) and its symbol is I.

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**Resistance slows electricity down as it moves through a circuit**

Resistance slows electricity down as it moves through a circuit. It has a symbol of R and is measured in Ohms (Ω).

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**Electricity flows from areas of high volts to areas of low volts**

Electricity flows from areas of high volts to areas of low volts. This is known as potential difference or voltage!

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Equations ____ V R= I V=I R V ____ I = R

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Equations P=VI

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**Electricity and Circuits**

Property Units of Measure Voltage (V) Current (I ) Resistance (R) Power (P) Volts (V) Amps (A) Ohms (Ω) Watts (W)

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Electric Circuits An electric circuit is a network of electrical components (resistors, transmission lines, electrical sources, switches, etc.) that forms a closed loop and provides a path for electrical energy. Circuits have three basic parts: An energy source that converts non-electrical energy into electrical energy; examples are batteries and generators. An output device that uses electrical energy to do work; examples are motors, lamps, and displays. Materials to make a connection to allow electrical energy to flow; examples are wires and cables

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**Examples of Symbols for Circuit Diagrams**

Component Symbol Function of Component Wire To pass current from one part of a circuit to another Wires joined A ‘dot’ should be drawn to show where two wires join together. Battery Supplies electrical energy; the larger terminal is positive (+) Light Bulb and Socket Converts electrical energy to light energy Resistor Restricts the flow of current On-Off Switch Allows current to flow only when it is in the ‘on’ (closed) position + -

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Light Bulb Resistor

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Series Circuits Electrical components connected in series are connected along a single path so the current only has one path to follow. If one component in a series circuit is disconnected or fails, the entire circuit is turned off. switch battery Bulb A In the circuit to the left, what would happen if Bulb B burned out? Bulb B If Bulb B burned out there would be no way for the electrical energy to flow. Bulb A would not light.

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Parallel Circuits Electrical components connected in parallel are connected so that the current has multiple paths that it can take. If one component in a parallel circuit is removed or fails, the other components will still have an intact path for current and will continue to work. battery Bulb A Bulb B Bulb C

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**Review Activity – Circuits Answer the questions on the Review Sheet**

Review Activity – Circuits Answer the questions on the Review Sheet. After you have finished, your teacher will help you check your answers using this animation. Switch A Switch B Switch C Switch D Bulb A Bulb B Bulb C Bulb D Batteries

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Resistors A resistor is a component that restricts the flow of current. Resistance is measured in ohms. The symbol for the ohm is (omega). On a circuit diagram, resistors are represented by 2 4

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