Current Electricity<br />
Static Electricity<br /><ul><li>The build up of an electric charge on the surface of an object.
The charge builds up but does not flow.
Static electricity is potential energy. It does not move.  It is stored.</li></li></ul><li>Electricity that moves…<br /><u...
Measured in amperes (amps)
Kinetic energy</li></li></ul><li>There are 2 types of currents:<br /><ul><li>Direct Current (DC) – Where electrons flow in...
There are 2 types of circuits:<br /><ul><li>Parallel Circuit – there are several branching paths to the components.  If th...
Conductors vs. Insulators<br /><ul><li>Conductors – material through which electric current flows easily.
Insulators – materials through which electric current cannot move.</li></li></ul><li>Examples<br /><ul><li>Conductors:
Metal
Water
Insulators:
Styrofoam
Rubber
Plastic
Paper</li></li></ul><li>What is Resistance?<br /><ul><li>The opposition to the flow of an electric current, producing heat.
The greater the resistance, the less current gets through.
Good conductors have low resistance.
Measured in ohms.</li></li></ul><li>What Influences Resistance?<br /><ul><li>Material of wire – aluminum and copper have l...
Thickness – the thicker the wire the lower the resistance
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Electricity

  1. 1. Current Electricity<br />
  2. 2. Static Electricity<br /><ul><li>The build up of an electric charge on the surface of an object.
  3. 3. The charge builds up but does not flow.
  4. 4. Static electricity is potential energy. It does not move. It is stored.</li></li></ul><li>Electricity that moves…<br /><ul><li>Current: The flow of electrons from one place to another.
  5. 5. Measured in amperes (amps)
  6. 6. Kinetic energy</li></li></ul><li>There are 2 types of currents:<br /><ul><li>Direct Current (DC) – Where electrons flow in the same direction in a wire. </li></li></ul><li>There are 2 types of currents:<br /><ul><li>Alternating Current (AC) – electrons flow in different directions in a wire</li></li></ul><li>There are 2 types of circuits:<br /><ul><li>Series Circuit: the components are lined up along one path. If the circuit is broken, all components turn off.</li></li></ul><li>Series Circuit<br />
  7. 7. There are 2 types of circuits:<br /><ul><li>Parallel Circuit – there are several branching paths to the components. If the circuit is broken at any one branch, only the components on that branch will turn off.</li></li></ul><li>Parallel Circuit<br />
  8. 8. Conductors vs. Insulators<br /><ul><li>Conductors – material through which electric current flows easily.
  9. 9. Insulators – materials through which electric current cannot move.</li></li></ul><li>Examples<br /><ul><li>Conductors:
  10. 10. Metal
  11. 11. Water
  12. 12. Insulators:
  13. 13. Styrofoam
  14. 14. Rubber
  15. 15. Plastic
  16. 16. Paper</li></li></ul><li>What is Resistance?<br /><ul><li>The opposition to the flow of an electric current, producing heat.
  17. 17. The greater the resistance, the less current gets through.
  18. 18. Good conductors have low resistance.
  19. 19. Measured in ohms.</li></li></ul><li>What Influences Resistance?<br /><ul><li>Material of wire – aluminum and copper have low resistance
  20. 20. Thickness – the thicker the wire the lower the resistance
  21. 21. Length – shorter wire has lower resistance
  22. 22. Temperature – lower temperature has lower resistance</li></li></ul><li>What is Voltage?<br /><ul><li>The measure of energy given to the charge flowing in a circuit.
  23. 23. The greater the voltage, the greater the force or “pressure” that drives the charge through the circuit.</li></li></ul><li>Difference b/t Volts and Amps<br /><ul><li>Example – you could say that…
  24. 24. Amps measure how much water comes out of a hose.
  25. 25. Volts measure how hard the water comes out of a hose.</li></li></ul><li>Ohm’s Law<br />Resistance = Voltage / Current<br />Ohms = Volts / Amps<br />
  26. 26. Practice with Ohm’s Law<br />
  27. 27. What is an electromagnet?<br /><ul><li>Electromagnet – a magnet made from a current bearing coil of wire wrapped around an iron or steel core.</li></li></ul><li>What is a generator?<br /><ul><li>Generator – a machine that changes mechanical energy to electrical energy
  28. 28. Usually use moving magnets to create currents in coils of wire.</li></li></ul><li>What is a motor?<br /><ul><li>Motor – a device that changes electrical energy to mechanical energy that can do work.</li>

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