# Electricity & Magnetism - Thomas County School District

Electricity & Magnetism Static, Currents, Circuits Magnetic Fields & Electro Magnets Motors & Generators Atoms Have neutrons, protons, and

electrons. Protons are positively charged Electrons are negatively charged Electrons Are located on the outer edges of atomsthey can be moved.

A concentration of electrons in an atom creates a net negative charge. If electrons are stripped away, the atom becomes positively charged. The world is filled with electrical charges:

+ - + + + + + + +

+ + - What is this electrical potential called? Static -

Electricity - - - +

++ ++ Static Electricity 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. Static Discharge Occurs when there is a loss of

static electricity due to three possible things: Friction - rubbing Conduction direct contact Induction through an electrical field (not direct contact)

Electricity that moves Current: The flow of electrons from one place to another. Measured in amperes (amps) Kinetic energy How can we control currents?

With circuits. Circuit: is a path for the flow of electrons. We use wires. There are 2 types of currents: Direct

Current (DC) Where electrons flow in the same direction in a wire. There are 2 types of currents: Alternating Current (AC) electrons flow in different

directions in a wire http://www.youtube.com/ watch? v=HqMqdFNWX4s#t=237 There are 2 types of circuits: Series

Circuit: the components are lined up along one path. If the circuit is broken, all components turn off. Series Circuit http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=u7k8wpl_ZU&list=PLAO5cUCypo

9w-cFeJc2QGqVW0n4ZV42Q1 There are 2 types of circuits: 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. Parallel Circuit http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=MxH7hnuBfC4&list=PLAO5c UCypo9wcFeJc2QGqVW0n4ZV42Q1

Conductors vs. Insulators Conductors material through which electric current flows easily. Insulators materials through

which electric current cannot move. Examples Conductors: Insulators: Metal

Styrofoam Water Rubber Plastic Paper

What is Resistance? 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. What Influences Resistance? Material of wire aluminum and copper have low resistance Thickness the thicker the wire the lower the resistance

Length shorter wire has lower resistance Temperature lower temperature has lower resistance What is Voltage? The measure of energy given to

the charge flowing in a circuit. The greater the voltage, the greater the force or pressure that drives the charge through the circuit. Difference b/t Volts and Amps Example Amps

you could say that measure how much water comes out of a hose. Volts measure how hard the water comes out of a hose. Ohms Law

Resistance Ohms = Voltage / Current = Volts / Amps Practice with Ohms Law Ohms 4

15 2 9 6 Volts 100 150 30

45 48 Amps 25 10 15 5 8

What is an electromagnet? Electromagnet a magnet made from a current bearing coil of wire wrapped around an iron or steel core.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSuSWi7YThA What is a generator? Generator a machine that changes mechanical energy to electrical energy Usually use moving magnets to

create currents in coils of wire. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=NqdOyxJZj0U#aid=P89ox56462A What is a motor? Motor

a device that changes electrical energy to mechanical energy that can do work. Thats It !!!!

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