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Chapter 7 – Measuring Electricity. 7.1 – Voltage A battery uses chemical energy to move charges. V olts measure the energy level in a circuit. Adding batteries increases the amount of energy. If a battery has 1.5 V and you use 4 batteries, it is a total of 6 V. Must Draw.

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Chapter 7 – Measuring Electricity

7.1 – Voltage

• A battery uses chemical energy to move charges. Volts measure the energy level in a circuit.
• Adding batteries increases the amount of energy. If a battery has 1.5 V and you use 4 batteries, it is a total of 6 V.

Must Draw

Electric charge flows from a higher energy (voltage) to a lower energy. The charge flows out the + end of the battery and back to the - terminal of the battery.

Measuring Voltage:

• Battery – connect the voltmeter to both the +and - end of the battery; the battery should read about 1.5V
• Circuits – Every point in a circuit connected to the same wire has the same voltage.
7.2 – Current
• Current is the flow of electric charges. Electrical current can be similar to the current of water.

When you look at a wire, you can’t see the current.

Current occurs because the e- in the battery repels the e- in the wire and so on.

If there is no voltage then there is no current.

Remember:

• Voltage difference supplies energy to make charges flow.
• Current carries energy and does work.

Current is measured in amperes (amps). 1 amp is the flow of 1 coulomb of charge per second.

In order to measure current you have to make the current flow through the meter.

AC DC Clip

Too much current in a wire?

Circuit breakers and fuses are kinds of devices that protect circuits from too much current.

AC is the type of current that your house uses.

In the US, current alternates 60 times per second but in Europe it reverses 50 times per second.

If you travel to Europe, you need special adapters so that your electrical appliances will not be destroyed.

7.3 – Resistance

Conductor is a material that easily carries current. Ex: Metals

An insulator is a material that does not allow current to flow, such as glass or plastic.

Semiconductors are between a conductor and an insulator in the ability to carry currents. Silicon is an example of a semiconductor that is used in computer chips.

Electrical conductivity is the ability of a material to conduct electricity.

High conductivity = good conductor

Low Conductivity = good insulator

High resistance = Difficult for current to flow

Low resistance = Easy for current to flow

Devices that use electricity have resistance. More light bulbs = more resistance = less current

Resistance is measure in ohms ( ). Voltage and resistance determine how much current flows through a circuit.

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Parts of a light bulb:

Copper wire

Tungsten filament

Argon gas

Fluorescent bulbs are more efficient because they do not create as much heat. LED’s produce more light from less electricity than any other type of light source.