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Semi conductors


GCSE Physics Double Award notes

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  • 1. RESISTANCE and SEMI CONDUCTORS Breaking the Law! (Ohm’s Law)
  • 2. Learning Intentions
    • Recall how some devices do not obey Ohm’s Law
    • State the use of these devices in an electrical circuit
  • 3. What is the resistance of the wire? At the molecular level what is physically happening?
  • 4. Calculating Resistance
    • Voltage is directly proportional to current
    • so long as temperature and all other
    • physical conditions remain constant.
    voltage in volts resistance in ohms current in amps Ohm’s Law states that –
  • 5. The gradient of a voltage / current graph gives the resistance (R = V/I)
    • The V / I graph for an ohmic conductor is a straight line through the origin. This shows that its resistance is constant and that voltage  current.
    V (V) I (A) 10 2
  • 6. Types of Resistors
    • Page 124
    • Not all components are designed to obey Ohm’s Law (V will not be proportional to I)
    • They can control when the current can flow and how much can flow.
    R These components are also known as SEMI CONDUCTORS or Non-Ohmic Devices
  • 7. (1) Filament Bulb Voltage Current In the bulb as the voltage goes up , so will the heat energy (vibrations of the atoms) and therefore the electrons find it difficult to flow. Resistance (shown by the gradient of the graph) is seen to increase as current increases Current is not proportional to voltage!
  • 8.  
  • 9. (2) Diode Current Voltage Ohm’s Law is clearly not obeyed as voltage is not directly proportional to current. The diode allows current to flow in one direction only – known as forward bias but only at a definite voltage (usually about 0.6V).
  • 10. Pump Load Valve
  • 11.  
  • 12. (3) Thermistor (ntc)
    • Negative temperature coefficient (n.t.c.) thermistors have a high resistance when cold but a much lower resistance when hot . They are used as electrical thermometers to detect temperature changes. As the temperature rises, more charge carriers become available and the resistance falls.
    Resistance Temperature
  • 13.  
  • 14. (4) Light Dependent Resistor (LDR)
    • LDRs have a high resistance in the dark but a much lower resistance in bright conditions .
    • The light-sensitive part of the LDR is a wavy track of cadmium sulphide.
    • Light energy triggers the release of extra charge carriers in this material, so that its resistance falls as the level of illumination increases.
    Current (fixed PD) Light Intensity
  • 15. They are used in electrical circuits to switch on components automatically.