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Electricity and Magnetism

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Flashlight Why do the batteries have to be facing the same way in order for the flashlight to work?

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Electric charge Electric charge causes subatomic particles to attract or repel each other – Subatomic particles are protons, electrons – Protons are + – Electrons are – Ex: static cling, lightning

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Electric Charge Electric charge is measured in Coulombs (C) It takes about 6.24 x 10 18 electrons to produce 1 coulomb A lightning bolt is about 10-20 coulombs of charge A flash camera uses the energy from 0.025 coulombs of charge to produce each flash

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Electric Forces Like charges repel Opposite charges attract Electric force – the force of attraction or repulsion – The amount of electric force depends on the charge and distance

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Electric fields

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Electric field Electric field- the effect an electric charge has on other charges in the space around it is the charge’s electric field – The strength of this field depends on the amount of charge that produces the field and the distance from the charge – The more charge the greater the force

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Static Electricity Static electricity is the study of electric charges – Charges can be transferred by friction, contact, induction

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Static electricity Charging by friction- electrons move from your hair to the balloon – Atoms in the balloon have greater attraction for electrons than the atoms in your hair

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Static Electricity Charging by contact – Van de Graaff generator is a charged metal sphere, when her hand touches the sphere, she acquires a charge

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Static Electricity Charging by induction- transfer of charge without contact between materials ex:rubbing your feet on a carpet and then touching a doorknob – You picked up extra electrons from the carpet so your hand is negatively charged, Electrons move from the doorknob

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Static discharge When a pathway through which charges can move forms suddenly – Shock from the doorknob – Lightning

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Electric Current

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Electric current Electric current – the continuous flow of electric charge – Unit of electric charge is the amp (ampere) 1 amp = 1 coulomb per second

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Electric current Current is defined as the direction the positive charges would flow Two types of current – Direct – DC- battery operated devices – Alternating current – AC- flow of electric charge that reverses direction

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Conductors and Insulators Conductor- charge can flow easily – Metals - have loosely held electrons that can conduct a charge Insulator – charge cannot flow easily – Wood, plastic, air

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Resistance Resistance- opposition to the flow of charges in a material – Measured in ohm – A material’s thickness, length, and temperature affect its resistance – As temperature increases a metal’s resistance increases because electrons collide more often

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Superconductor A superconductor has almost zero resistance when it is cooled to low temperatures superconductor

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Voltage In order for charge to flow in a conducting wire, the wire must be connected in a complete loop that includes a source of electrical energy Charges always flow from high to low potential energy

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Potential Difference Potential difference- the difference in electrical potential energy between two places in an electric field – Measured in joules per coulomb also known as volts – Potential difference is sometimes called voltage

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Voltage sources Battery – a device that converts chemical energy to electrical energy

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Ohm’s Law Ohm found a mathematical relationship between voltage, current, and resistance- became Ohm’s Law Voltage = current x resistance V = I x R

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Ohm’s Law Increasing the voltage increases the current Keeping the same voltage and increasing the resistance decreases the current

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Electric Circuits

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Circuit diagrams Electric circuit- a complete path through which a charge can flow Circuit diagrams use symbols to represent parts of a circuit including a source of electrical energy and devices that run by electrical energy

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Electric circuits Circuit diagram – Switch – places where the switch can be opened If a switch is open, the circuit is not complete and current stops – the + and – on the diagram indicate the positive and negative terminals on the battery – Arrows show the direction in which positive charges flow – electrons actually flow in the opposite direction

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Circuit Diagram

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Series Circuit Series circuit – charge has only one path to flow – If one part of a series circuit, none of the parts can work – Adding bulbs to a Series circuit increases the resistance and decreases the current

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Parallel Circuits Parallel circuit- an electric circuit with two or more paths through which charges can flow – If one bulb burns out, the other stay lit

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Power and Energy Calculations Power- the rate of doing work Electric power- the rate at which electrical energy is converted to another form of energy Power (watts) = Current (Amps) x voltage (V) P = I x V

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Example An electric oven is connected to a 240 Volt line, and uses 34 amps of current. What is the power used by the oven? 8200 Watts

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Electrical energy E= P x t Electrical energy = power x time Electric bill is in kilowatt hours

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Electrical Safety GFCI – ground fault circuit interrupter Monitors current flowing to and from the outlet or appliance. If these two currents are not equal, it means that current is escaping so the GFCI opens the circuit and stops the current

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