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Electricity and Electromagnetism. What is Electricity?. Electricity is a form of energy resulting from charged particles. What are the 2 types of electricity?. Static Electricity. Current Electricity. Current electricity is the flow of electrical charges through a path.

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  1. Electricity and Electromagnetism

  2. What is Electricity? • Electricity is a form of energy resulting from charged particles

  3. What are the 2 types of electricity? Static Electricity Current Electricity Current electricity is the flow of electrical charges through a path. EX- appliances get electricity from a current of electricity. • Static electricity is the buildup of electrical charges on an object • EX- static buildup on clothes from a clothes dryer.

  4. Static Electricity • Static electricity(1 time discharge)- buildup of electrical charges. Example: socks clinging together from a dryer. • **Object with positive electrons and an object with negative electrons that touch creates static electricity. • Discharge- a movement of static electricity. Example: a shock from touching a metal doorknob after walking across carpet; lightning

  5. Electrical Charges + - • Can be positive or negative • Opposite charges attract Ex: positive and negative charges will cling or pull together) + - • Like charges repel Ex: two negatives will pull away from each other - - • Electrons are NEGATIVE charges.

  6. Conductors • Allow electricity to flow through easily. • Examples: metal, copper, aluminum, water, steel

  7. Insulators • Do not allow electricity to flow through easily (protects from electricity flow and discharge. • Examples: rubber, plastic, wood

  8. Current Electricity • EQ’s ????????? • How does electricity flow? • What kinds of electric circuits are there?

  9. Current Electricity (Flow) • electric current- the FLOW of electricity through a path of conductors (such as wires). • Current electricity flows in a circular path called a CIRCUIT.

  10. Circuits (there are 2 kinds) Series Circuit Parallel Circuit Has more than one path through which electricity can flow. Example: The wiring and electric circuit in a home. • Has only one path through which electricity can flow through. Example: Christmas tree lights.

  11. Open & Closed Circuits Open Circuits Closed Circuit The path of conductors is CLOSED and results in electricity continuing to flow. For example: When a light switch is turned ON, the circuit is CLOSED. • In a circuit, the path of conductors is BROKEN or OPEN and results in the flow of electricity stopping. For example: When a light switch is turned OFF, the circuit is OPEN.

  12. Switch • A Switch is a device that can open or close the path in a circuit.

  13. Open Circuit • Closed Circuit

  14. Voltage Source Voltage or energy source pushes the electrons through the circuit. For electrons to flow through a circuit, there must be an energy or voltage source. Examples: • Batteries (have a positive and negative charge) • Power plant

  15. Resistor • Resistor- an object in an electrical circuit that RESISTS the flow of electrons. • Electrons lose energy when they move through a resistor. This lost energy is turned into heat or light. Example: light bulb

  16. Using Electricity Safely EQ: How can you use electricity safely? When too many appliances are plugged into the same power source (plug), the current of electricity can increase. This current can become large enough to start fires. If you touch two power lines at the same time, or one power line and the ground it can be dangerous.

  17. Fuses and Circuit Breakers • Fuse- a wire (conductor) that breaks if too much current flows through it. • Circuit breaker- a switch that OPENS the circuit (turns off) when it detects there is too much current. This is a safety feature for most electrical circuits in homes. • Ground fault interrupter (GFI)- usually in bathrooms or kitchens. This will turn off a circuit if a short circuit forms or electricity starts to flow through water.

  18. Magnetism What is magnetism? Magnetism is the ability of an object to push or pull on another object that has magnetic property.

  19. magnets Magnets have many uses in our everyday lives. What are some examples? All magnets have north and south poles. • Like poles REPEL • Opposite poles ATTRACT

  20. Questions to think about.. What else have we learned about that attracts or repels? What else do we know about that has a north and south pole? Is the earth magnetic?

  21. Do magnets come in different shapes and sizes? Yes! Including- bars, horseshoes, rings and flat sheets. What would happen if you cut a magnet in half?

  22. If you cut a magnet in half, each half will form two new magnets with two poles (a north and a south) on each.

  23. Magnetic field- strength and direction of a magnet’s force. (when you sprinkle iron filings around a magnet, you can see this field.) The closer the lines are, the stronger the magnet forces.

  24. Electromagnetism EQ’s • What are electromagnets? • How do electromagnets create a magnetic field?

  25. electromagnet • Electromagnet- an electric circuit that produces a magnetic field. • Electromagnets have at least 2 parts: • a source of electricity (battery) • a conductor (wire)

  26. Where are electromagnets used? • Electromagnets are used in many ways and are in many appliances we use everyday. They are in: Doorbells, computers, clocks, speakers, small appliances….

  27. How can you make an electromagnet stronger and thus increase the magnetic field?

  28. make an electromagnet STRONGERby: • increasing the number of coils in a wire • put an iron rod in the inside of the coil. • increase the voltage. (for ex: add more batteries or a bigger battery)

  29. What are the differences between electromagnets and PERMANANT magnets? Permanantmagnets Electromagnets (temporary) Have a north and south pole Can be turned on or off Strength can be changed • Have a north and south pole • Can’t be turned on or off

  30. Generators • How can electromagnets produce electricity? • Generator- a device that creates electric current by spinning an electric coil between the poles of a magnet.

  31. Alternating Current • Alternating Current- electric current that rapidly changes directions. Alternating currents are created in real generators that change direction 120 times each second.

  32. Magnetic levitation Magnetic levitation- the lifting of an object by the means of magnetic forces. Magnetic levitation happens when two like poles of magnets face each other creating a pushing force against the force of gravity.