Electricity chapter 11

  1. What is an electric circuit?
    a closed path along which elecatrons that are powered by an energy source can flow
  2. what is a voltaic cell?
    a source of energy that generates an electric current by chemical reactions involoving two different metals or metal compounds separated by a conducting solution.
  3. what is a battery?
    a connection of two or more cells
  4. what is an electrode?
    on of two metal terminals in a cell or battery
  5. what is an electrolyte?
    a sloution or paste that conducts charge
  6. what is a dry cell?
    a cell that contains an electrolyte made of paste
  7. what is a wet cell?
    a cell that contains a liquid electrolyte
  8. what is a primary cell?
    a cell that can be used only once
  9. what is a secondary cell?
    a cell that can be recharged
  10. what is a fuel cell?
    a cell that generates electricity through the chemical reactions of fuel that is stored outside the cell
  11. what is a solar cell?
    a cell that converts sunlight into electrical energy
  12. what is a terminal?
    a posistion on a cell that must be connected to other components to form a circuit
  13. what is a switch?
    a control device that can complete or break the circuit to which it is connected
  14. what is an open circuit?
    • a circuit that contains a gap or break
    • (gap in wires, switch open)
  15. what is an electric current?
    a measure of the number of charged particles that pass by a point in an electric current each second (measured with an ammeter -amperes A)
  16. what is a coulomb (C)?
    the quantity of charge that is equal to the charge of 6.25x1018 electrons
  17. what is an ampere (A)?
    the unit of electric current, equivalent to one coulomb per second
  18. what is electrical resistance?
    the property of a substance that hinnders electric current and converts electrical energy to other forms of energy
  19. what is a resistor?
    a device used in  an electric current through a component by a specific amount
  20. what is load?
    • a resistor or any other device that transforms electrical energy into heat, motion, sound or light
    • eg toaster
  21. what is potential difference (voltage)?
    the difference between the electric potential engergy per unit of charge at two points in a circuit
  22. what is a volt?
    the unit for potential difference, equivalent to one joule (J) per coulomb(C)
  23. what is a circuit diagram?
    a diagram that uses standard symbols to represent the components in an electric circuit and their connections
  24. what is a series circuit?
    a circuit in which there is only one path along which electrons can flow
  25. what is a parallel circuit?
    a circuit in which there is more than one path alond which electrons can flow
  26. what is Ohm's law?
    • the ratio of potential difference to current is a constant called resistance
    • R= Image Upload 1
  27. what is an Ohm Image Upload 2 ?
    the unit for resistance, equivalent to one colt per ampere (V/A)
  28. what is a superconductor?
    a material through which electric charge can flow with no resistance
  29. what does non-ohmic mean?
    Not following Ohm's law
  30. what are the characteristics of loads in series?
    • the current is the same at any point in a connection; 
    • IT=I1=I2=I3
    • the potential difference of loads is the sum of potential differences across all the loads;
    • VT=V1+V2+V3
    • the resistance is equal to the sum of the resistance of all loads 
    • RT=R1+R2+R3
  31. what are the characteristics of  loads in parallel?
    • the potential difference is the same between terminals of any load --   VT=V1=V2=V3
    • the current entering loads is equal to the sum  of the currents entering all the loads--  IT=I1+I2+I3
    • the resistance of loads is less than the resistance of the smallest load-- RT<R1; RT<R2; RT<R3
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Electricity chapter 11
Electricity chapter 11