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  • Current Electricity what have we discussed static electricity

    Properties of Conductors & Insulators.Transfer of charge through various methods.Calculation of Forces between charged objects. Calculation of Forces exerted by electric fields.Energy of charges at positions electric fields (voltage)

  • Well apply what we know to current electricity.

    What does current mean?What does electric current mean?Flow or motion.Flow or motion of electric charge.

  • What will happen if two oppositely charged metal plates touch?

    Until the plates have equal charge.How long?Hint: RememberThe conducting spheres.

  • We can use E of charges in motion to do work.If we transfer charges from high PE to low PE, the charge can do some work converting E but not for long.

  • With static I can charge an object, & transfer the electric charge to do work.Static electricity is quick transfer of charge but charge stops when equilibrium reached.Demo with bulbWe often want continuous flow of charge because we want continuous work.

  • Current Electricity provides continuous motion or flow of charges.

  • Current still needs a potential difference/voltage to push charges to move. Each volt does work on each coulomb of charge & each charge changing qs Energy:The van der Graff & sphere set up p.d.

    The vdg is not continuous enough for constant work.V = W/q. V = DE/q.

  • Current Electricity requires constant source of potential difference or voltage.BatteryWall outletGeneratorSolar Cell

  • Constant Potential Dif/Voltage induces charges to move continuously.

  • Voltage/p.d. provides the push or pressure to charges. Think of 1 side as more + and 1 side more negThe higher the voltage/p.d., the more push or pressure each charge gets, the more E each q has, the more W each q can do.+-

  • An electric circuit allows current to flow an to do continuous work. Circuits need the following components:A source of continuous voltage.

    A pathway made of conducting materials.

    Appliance(s) to convert electric E to some other form (heat, light, sound etc.)

  • Solids only e- flow.

    Liquids any charged particles or ions can flow.

    Which type of charges can move?

  • Measuring CurrentRate of flow of charge.

  • Amperes (A) measures rate of coulombs passing a point in a wire.

    1 A = 1 C/s

    passing a point or cross section of wire.# charges per sec or# Coulombs per sec.

  • I = q/tI = current C/s or AQ = charge in Coulombst = time in seconds

  • Ex 1: 100 C pass a section of wire every 5 sec. How much current flows in the wire?I = q 100C 20 C/s or 20 A. t 5 s

  • Ex 2: The current in a light bulb is 0.835 A. How long does it take for a total charge of 1.67 C to pass a point in the wire?I = Q/tt = Q/I

    t = 1.67C = 2.00 s0.835 C/s

  • Ex 3: If, in 1 second 6.25 billion billion (6.25 x 10 18) electrons pass through a point in a wire, what is the current?1 A

  • Hwk read text 19-1

    Do page 695 # 3 5 & pg 717 #1 6 neatly on lined in full sentences! Show work.

  • How many ways can you set up a circuit of 1 battery, 2 bulbs, 3 wires to liUse all the components for each circuit, but no extra components allowed.Sketch all the arrangements that light the bulbs.Sketch all the arrangements that did not light the bulbs.Look at your sketches. Explain what you think is happening physically. Why do the bulbs light with certain arrangements? Why wont they light with others? Write your hypothesis under your sketches. For a circuit that worked, list the E transformations. Write down any questions you have about the circuit.If time allows, find the circuit symbols in your reference table. Re-sketch your circuits using proper symbols.

  • Electric Current Clip 9 minutes clip old but nice. 10 min.

  • To get continuous flow of charge we need:

    1. voltage (p.d.) to push charges.

    2. Charge Pump = do work on charge which gains PE. Pumps are batteries, generators.

    3. Closed Circuit continuous pathway for charges to flow metal wire.

  • Outlet has p.d. = 120V.Dont stick a fork in it!!

  • How does p.d. make charge flow??

  • Pot. Dif. Causes electric field to spread through wire at near light speed.

    e- in wire respond by moving in field & colliding with neighboring e- starting to flow.

  • Electric field in wire caused by voltage source induces all e- to move.Each e- moves slowly but all begin at once.

  • Circuit Closed pathway for charges. All components need p.d. to move.Potential Dif/ VoltageGives the pushConducting path (wire). Easy to move current through very little p.d. needed.Resistors (bulbs)Difficult for current to flow. Larger p.d. needed.

  • Work & Energy on Charges (q) in circuit.Battery does work on q.Q pushed into Conducting path (wire). Resistors (bulbs)PEchm PEelcQ in motion. PEelc - KEWork on q, PEelc &KE heat, light.PEelc used up, PEchm, starts cycle again.

  • Voltage E transformations as skiiers. 9.5 min.

  • Bulbs, toasters, computers... convert KE of e- to other forms of E heat, light etc.

    Devices are called resistors or loads. They slow down the e- so they resist current flow. (Like paddle wheel in river).A Closer Look at Resistors

  • As e- flow through filament, KE lost to heat & light.What must be around the bulb to push e- through it?p. d.

  • Ohms Law The resistance of a conductorR = V/IV = volts J/CI = current A, C/sR = resistance ohms W or V/A.Resistance (R) unit = ohms W.

  • Ex A: A 120-V potential difference is applied to a toaster which draws a current of 4 A. What is the toasters resistance? R V/I= 120-V/4 A=30 W.

  • Resistance in WiresOccurs in wires as well as appliances. Certain factors affect how much resistance a wire will offer to current flow.

  • Factors affecting wire resistance.

    1. Length2. Area3. Temperature4. Type of material

  • Length longer wire offers more resistance. More chances for friction in wire.More resistanceLess resistance

  • Cross Sectional Area Thick wires offer less resistance.

  • Temperature Hot offers more R Cold offers less R

  • R = resistance (W) r = constant of resistivity (Wm) l = length (m) A = cross sectional area (m2) See tableAt a given temperature,

  • Ex 1: A 9.5 cm length of copper wire has a cross sectional area of 2.5 x 10-3 m2. What is the resistance of the wire at 20oC?

  • From table r = 1.72 x 10-8 Wm. So R = (1.72 x 10-8 Wm)(.095 m ) 2.5 x 10-3 m2 = 6.5 x 10-7 W.

  • Ex 2: Find the resistance of a copper wire 10 m long and 1.2 x 10-9 m2 in area. 143 W.

  • For wire with known p and length use:

    R = rL/A

    for R with known V and I use

    R = V/I.Resistance

  • ResistanceFilm clip with questions. 9:30 minutes.

  • 6 VName _______________________________

    After Film: Given the circuit connected with copper wires to a 6V battery, what should each voltage (p.d.) read at position 1 and 2? Write the voltages in the space.If the potential difference around the bulb is actually measured as 5.5V, what might you conclude happened ?


    1. _____V2. _____V

  • Ex: A spool of gold wire with area 1.2 x 10-7 m2, has a resistance of 1.5 W. What is its length?7.4 m

  • Hwk Read tx. 19 1 & 19 - 2Do text p 717 #15,19, 20


    do review book pg 225 #2 - 7

  • Ohms LawResistance, Current, Voltage

  • Potential DropIf a current flows in a resistor or appliance, there must be a pd across the ends of the resistor.

    The voltage pushes the charge.The resistor drops or lowers the PEelc of the charge. So is sometimes called potential or voltage drop.

    -+Re- current

  • Current (flow rate) increases w/ increased pd & decreases with increased resistance.R = V/I

    I = Vunits V/W R

    OrV = IR

  • Ohms LawWhen T across a metallic resistor is constant, the current is directly proportional to pd across it.V = RIV/I = R = constant.

    V = volts J/CI = current A, C/sR = total resistanceohms W.

  • What is the graph of Ohms Law? Usu V on y-axis, I on x-axis, R is slope of direct linear.

  • V = RI yield direct linear relationship.V on Y axis. I on x axis. R is slope of straight line. R = constant.

  • What would the slope represent if current was placed on the Y axis?1/R

  • Ex 1: A 30-V battery maintains a current through a 10- W resistor. Find the current in the circuit.

  • V = IR

    I = V/R

    30 V/10 W = 3.0 A

  • Ex 2: What is the current flow through an 80-W coil when it is connected to a generator supplying 120-V?V = IRI = V/R 120V/80 W = 1.5 A

  • Ex 3: What is the rate of electron flow through the coil above?

  • Need to convert coulombs of charge from current equation to electrons so use equivalence of e- in 1 C:

    1.5 C/s x (6.25 x 1018 e-/C) = 9.4 x 1018 e-/s pass through a point in the coil.

  • Ex 4. A 1 m long copper wire has a cross sectional area of 0.0002 m2. If the current flow is 0.5-A, what is the potential difference?

  • Find R using.R = 8.6 x 10-5 W.

  • Find V using:V = IRV = (8.6 x 10-5 W.)(0.5 A) = 4.3 x 10-5V

  • 5. A light bulb heats up as its in use.


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