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Chapter 7: Electricity

CHAPTER 7: ELECTRICITY
7.1 CHARGE AND ELECTRIC CURRENT
Van de Graaf
1. What is a Van de Graaff generator? Fill in each of the boxes the name of the part shown.
A device that .. and .. at high voltage on its dome

dome

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2. How are electrical charges produced by a Van de Graaff generator? And what type of
charges is usually produced on the dome of the generator?
When the motor of the Van de Graaff generator is switched on, it drives the
..
This causes the rubber belt to against the . and hence becomes ..

The charge is then carried by the moving belt up to the

where it is collected.
A large amount of . is built up on the dome
. charges are usually produced on the dome of the generator.

+
+

the Van de Graaff is connected to the earth

via a micrometer? Explain.
There is a .. of the
pointer of the microammeter.
This indicates an electric current
.

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4. Predict what will happen if a discharging

metal sphere to the charged dome.

+
+

When the discharging metal sphere is

brought near the charged dome,
occurs.
An electric current

5.

Predict what will happen if hair of a

student is brought near to the charged
The metal dome . the hair
and the hair stand ..
This is because of each strand of hair
receives .. charges and
.. each other.

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Electric Current
1. Electric current consists of a flow of ......
2. The more charges that flow through a cross
section within a given time, the
is the current.
3. Electric current is defined as the
rate of flow of .
Each second, 15 coulombs of charge cross the
plane. The current is I = 15 amperes. One
ampere is one coulomb per second.

4. In symbols, it is given as:

where I = .

I=

Q = .

t =
.....................
(i)

(ii)

(iii)The SI unit of current is (Ampere / Coulomb / Volt) is equivalent to

(Cs // C-1s // Cs-1)
(iv) By rearranging the above formula, Q = ( It /

I
t
/
)
t
I

4. If one coulomb of charge flows past in one second, then the current is .
ampere.
5. 15 amperes means in second, .. coulomb of charge through a
cross section of a conductor.
6. In a metal wire, the charges are carried by.

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7. Each electron carries a charge of ..

8. 1 C of charge is..

Electric Field
a) An electric field is a . in which an experiences a..
b) An electric field can be represented by a number of lines indicate both the.
and .. of the field
c) The principles involved in drawing electric field lines are :
(i)

electric field lines always extend from a - charged object to a

..-charged object

(ii)

electric field lines are .. in a .. electric field.

Demo: To study the electric field and the effects of an electric field.
Apparatus & materials
Extra high tension (E.H.T) power supply (0 5 kV), petri dish, electrodes with different
shapes (pointed electrode and plane electrode), two metal plates, talcum powder, cooking oil,
polystyrene ball coated with conducting paint, thread and candle.
Method
DEMO

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A)

1. Set up the apparatus as shown in the above figure

2. Switch on the E.H.T. power supply and adjust the voltage to 4 kV
3. Observed the pattern formed by the talcum powder for different types of electrodes.
4. Draw the pattern of the electric field lines.

Draw the pattern of the electric field lines.

ELECTRIC FIELD AROUND A POSITIVE CHARGE

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ELECTRIC FIELD AROUND A NEGATIVE CHARGE AND A

POSITIVELY CHARGED PLATE

ELECTRIC FIELD AROUND A POSITIVE CHARGE AND A

NEGATIVELY CHARGED PLATE

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PARALLEL PLATES

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Observation:
The polystyrene ball oscillated between the
two plates, touching one plate after
another.
Explanation:
When the polystyrene ball touches the
negatively charged plate, the ball
receives negative charges from the plate
and experiences a repulsive force.

1. Place the polystyrene ball between the

two metal plates.

charged plate.

2. Switch on the E.H.T and displace the

polystyrene ball slightly so that it

ball loses some of its negative charges

to the plate and becomes positively
charged.
It then experiences a repulsive force. This
process continues.

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Observation:
The candle flame splits into two portions in
opposite direction. The portion that is
attracted to the negative plate is very much
larger than the portion of the flame that is
attracted to the positive plate.
Explanation:
1) Switch of the E.H.T and replace the

2) Sketch the flame observed when the

E.H.T. is switched on.

negative charges.
The positive charges are attracted to the
negative plate while the negative
charges are attracted to the positive
plate.
The flame is dispersed in two opposite
directions but more to the negative
plate.
The positive charges are heavier than
the negative charges. This causes the
uneven dispersion of the flame.

Conclusion
1.

Electric field is a

..
2.

Like charges . each other but opposite charges each

other.
3. Electric field lines are in an electric field. The direction of the
field lines is from .. to

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Exercise 7.1
1. 5 C of charge flows through a wire in 10 s. What is the current in the wire?

2.

A charge of 300 C flow through a bulb in every 2 minutes. What is the electric
current in the bulb?

3.

The current in a lamp is 0.2 A. Calculate the amount of electric charge that passes
through the lamp in 1 hour.

4.

If a current of 0.8 A flows in a wire, how many electrons pass through the wire in one
minute? (Given: The charge on an electron is 1.6 x 10-19 C)

An electric current of 200 mA flows through a resistor for 3 seconds, what is the
(a) electric charge
(b) the number of electrons which flow through the resistor?

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Ideas of Potential Difference

(a)

(b)

Y
P

Pressure at point P is

when the valve is opened.

apple is released.

This due to the .. in the

pressure of water

(c) Similarly,

Point A is connected to. terminal

Point B is connected to . terminal
Electric potential at A is

Bulb

potential at B.

Electric current flows from A to B, passing the bulb in the

circuit and .. the bulb.

terminals.

As the charges flow from A to B, work is done when electrical

energy is transformed to .and energy.

defined as ...

The potential difference,V between the two points will be

given by:

W
Work
V = Quantityofch arg e =
Q

where W is .
Q is .

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Device and symbol

ammeter

Cells

voltmeter

Switch

connecting wire

Constantan wire //
eureka wire
bulb

resistance
rheostat

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electrical current.

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1. Name the device used to measure
potential difference.

difference?

current?

(b) What is the symbol for the unit of

potential difference?

3. How is an ammeter connected in an

electrical circuit?

3. How is an voltmeter connected in an

electrical circuit?

4. The positive terminal of an ammeter is

connected to which terminal of the dry
cell?

4. The positive terminal of a voltmeter is

connected to which terminal of the dry
cell?

5. What will happen if the positive terminal

of the ammeter is connected to the
negative terminal of the dry cell?

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Experiment: To investigate the relationship between current and potential difference

for an ohmic conductor.

(a)

(b)

Figure (a) and figure (b) show two electrical circuits. Why do the ammeters show different
readings? Why do the bulbs light up with different intensity?
Referring to the figure (a) and (b) complete the following table:

(a) Inference

The current flowing through the bulb is influenced by the potential difference across it.

(b) Hypothesis
To determine the relationship between current and potential difference for a

(c) Aim

constantan wire.

(d) Variables

(i)

manipulated variable

(ii)

responding variable

(iii)

fixed variable

Apparatus /
materials

Method

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1.

Set up the apparatus as shown in the figure.

2.

Turn on the switch and adjust the rheostat so that the ammeter reads the
current, I= 0.2 A.

Tabulation of

3.

Read and record the potential difference, V across the wire.

4.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for I = 0.3 A, 0.4 A, 0.5 A, 0.6 A and 0.7 A.

data

Current,I/A
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7

Analysis of data

Discussion

Volt, V/V
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5

1.

From the graph plotted.

(a) What is the shape of the V-I graph?
The graph of V against I is a straight line that passes through origin
(b) What is the relationship between V and I?
This shows that the potential difference, V is directly proportional to the
current, I.
(c) Does the gradient change as the current increases?
The gradient the ratio of

2.

V
I

is a constant as current increases.

The resistance, R, of the constantan wire used in the experiment is equal to the
gradient of the V-I graph. Determine the value of R.

3.

What is the function of the rheostat in the circuit?

It is to control the current flow in the circuit

Conclusion

The potential difference, V across a conductor increases when the current, I passing
through it increases as long as the conductor is kept at constant temperature.

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Ohms Law
(a)

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Ohms law states

that the electric current, I flowing through a conductor is directly proportional to
the potential difference across the ends of the conductor,
if temperature and other physical conditions remain constant
(b) By Ohms law:

I
= constant I

or

V
= constant
I

(c) The constant is known as . of the conductor.

(d) The resistance, R is a term that describes ..
..
It is also defined as the ratio.
..
That is
R=

V
I

and

V=

(e) The unit of resistance is

(f) An .. is one which obeys Ohms law, while a conductor which
does not obey Ohms law is known as a .conductor

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1. The resistance of a conductor is a measure of the ability of the conductor to (resist /

allow) the flow of an electric current through it.
2. From the formula V = IR, the current I is (directly / inversely) proportional to the
resistance, R.
3. When the value of the resistance, R is large, the current, I flowing in the conductor is
(small / large)
4. What are the factors affecting the resistance of a conductor?
a) .
b) .
c) .
d) .
5. Write down the relevant hypothesis for the factors affecting the resistance in the table
below.
conductorThe temperaturematerial
of the of the
area
The
of type
the conductor,
of the
The cross-sectional
conductor, l Length of the

Factors

Diagram

Hypothesis
The the conductor,
the .. its resistance
Resistance is .
proportional to the length of a
conductor
The ... the cross sectional area, the .
the its resistance
Resistance is .....
proportional to the cross-sectional
area of a conductor
Different conductors with the
same physical conditions have
. resistance

The
.
The
temperature of a conductor, the
... the resistance

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Resistance of a conductor,
Resistance of a conductor,

R
R

length

1
cross-sectional area

Hence, resistance of a conductor, R

length
cross-sectional area

Or

or

R= l

Exercise 7.2

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where =

resistivity of the
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True

False

(a) Unit of potential difference is J C-1

(b) J C-1 volt, V
The potential difference between two points is 1 volt if 1 joule
(c) of work is required to move a charge of 1 coulomb from one

(d)

point to another.
2 volt is two joules of work done to move 2 coulomb of charge
from one to another in an electric field.

(e) Potential difference Voltage

2.

I
t
/
)
t
I

i) Electric charge,

Q = ( It /

ii) Work done,

W = (QV /

V Q
/
)
Q V

iii) Base on your answer in 2(i) and (ii) derive the work done, W in terms of I, V and t.
W

QV

ItV

3. If a charge of 5.0 C flows through a wire and the amount of electrical energy converted
into heat is 2.5 J. Calculate the potential differences across the ends of the wire.
W

QV

2.5

5.0 (V)

0.5 V

4. A light bulb is switched on for a period of time. In that period of time, 5 C of charges
passed through it and 25 J of electrical energy is converted to light and heat energy. What
is the potential difference across the bulb?
W

QV

20

6 (V)

V
=
3.33 V
5. The potential difference of 10 V is used to operate an electric motor. How much work is
done in moving 3 C of electric charge through the motor?
W

QV
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3 (10)

30 J

6. When the potential difference across a bulb is

20 V, the current flow is 3 A. How much work
done to transform electrical energy to light and
heat energy in 50 s?
W

VIt

20 (3) (50)

3000 J

Bulb

3A
A
20

7. What is the potential difference across a light bulb

of resistance 5 when the current that passes
through it is 0.5 A?
V

IR

0.5 (5)

2.5 V

8. A potential difference of 3.0 V applied across a resistor of resistance R drives a current of

2.0 A through it. Calculate R.
V

IR

3.0

2.0 (R)
1.5

R =

9. What is the value of the resistor in the figure, if

the dry cells supply 2.0 V and the ammeter
reading is 0.5 A?
V

IR

2.0

0.5 (R)

R =

10. If the bulb in the figure has a resistance of 6 ,

what is the reading shown on the ammeter, if the
dry cells supply 3 V?

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IR

3.0

6 (R)
0.5

R =

11. If a current of 0.5 A flows through the resistor of

3 in the figure, calculate the voltage supplied
by the dry cells?
V
R =

IR

0.5 (3)
1.5

12. The graph shows the result of an experiment to

determine the resistance of a wire. The resistance
of the wire is
From V-I graph, resistance

V/V
1.2

=
= 2.4
0

13. An experiment was conducted to measure the

current, I flowing through a constantan wire when
the potential difference V across it was varied.
The graph shows the results of the experiment.
What is the resistance of the resistor?
From V-I graph, resistance

=
= 2.0 x 10-3

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V

IR

12

I (5)

2.4 A

(b) The amount of electric charge that passes

through the resistor in 30 s
Q

It

2.4 (30)

72 C

(c) The amount of work done to transform the

electric energy to the heat energy in 30 s.
W

QV

72 (12)

or

= 12(2.4)(30)

864 C

= 864 C

15. Figure shows a torchlight that uses two 1.5 V dry

cells. The two dry cells are able to provide a
current of 0.3 A when the bulb is at its normal
brightness. What is the resistance of the filament?
V

IR

3.0

0.3(R)

= VIt

10

16. The diagram shows four metal rods of P, Q, R

and S made of the same substance.
a) Which of the rod has the most
resistance?
P
b) Which of the rod has the least
resistance?
S

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V/V

8

a) Calculate the resistance of conductor X.

From V-I graph, resistance

=

2
0

= 4

I/A

b) Calculate the resistance of conductor Y.

From V-I graph, resistance

=
= 1

c) If the cross sectional area of X is 5.0 x 10-6

m2, and the length of X is 1.2 m, calculate its
resistivity.

18. The graph shows a graph of I against V for three

I/A

conductors, P, Q and R.
i)

Compare the resistance of conductor P, Q and R.

ii)

From V-I graph, resistance
The greater the gradient, the greater the resistance
Gradient of P > Gradient of Q > Gradient of R

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19. Figure shows a wire P of length, l with a crosssectional area, A and a resistance, R. Another
wire, Q is a conductor of the same material with
a length of 3l and twice the cross-sectional area
of P. What is resistance of Q in terms of R?
Conductor P R

Conductor Q R

(notes: P and R have the same resistivity, )

=
=

R
20. PQ, is a piece of uniform wire of length 1 m
with a resistance of 10. Q is connected to an
ammeter, a 2 resistor and a 3 V battery. What
is the reading on the ammeter when the jockey
is at X?
Resistance in the wire
R is directly proportional to l
= 10

100 cm

Hence, 20 cm =
R

(10)

= 2

Total resistance
2 + 2 = 4
Current, I

=
=

= 0.75 A

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21. Figure shows the circuit used to investigate the relationship between potential
difference, V and current, I for a piece of constantan wire. The graph of V against I
from the experiment is as shown in the figure below.

(a)

What quantities are kept constant in this experiment?

Length // cross-sectional area // type of material // temperature of the wire

(b)

State the changes in the gradient of the graph, if

i) the constantan wire is heated
R , gradient // the resistance increases, hence the gradient increases
ii) a constantan wire of a smaller cross-sectional area is used
R , gradient // the resistance increases, hence the gradient increases
iii)a shorter constantan wire is used
R , gradient // the resistance decreases, hence the gradient decreases

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7.3 SERIES AND PARALLEL CIRCUITS

Current Flow and Potential Difference in Series and Parallel Circuit
SERIES CIRCUIT

the current flows through each bulb/resistor is

PARALLEL CIRCUIT

the same.

bulb/resistor

I = I 1 = I2 = I3

V = V1 = V2 = V3

sum of the currents passing through the bulbs /

resistors in its parallel branches.

V = V1 + V2 + V3

where V is the potential

difference across the

I = I1 + I2 + I3

battery

If Ohms law is applied separately to each bulb /

resistor, we get :

resistor, we get :

V = V1 + V2 + V3
IR = IR1 + IR2 + IR3

I = I 1 + I2 + I3
V
V
V
V
R = R1 + R2 + R3

get the effective resistance

1
R

R = R1 + R2 + + R3

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3
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(a)

(b)

(c)

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Effective resistance, R

(a)
(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

(h)

(g)

(i)

(j)

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Exercise 7.3
1.

The two bulbs in the figure have a resistance of 2 and 3

respectively. If the voltage of the dry cell is 2.5 V, calculate
(a) the effective resistance, R of the circuit
Effective R = 2 + 3 = 5
(b) the main current, I in the circuit

(c) the potential difference across each bulb.

2: V = IR = (0.5)(2) = 1V
3: V = IR = (0.5)(3) = 1.5 V

V = IR
2.5 =I(5)
= 0.5 A
2.

There are two resistors in the circuit shown. Resistor R1 has a

resistance of 1. If a 3V voltage causes a current of 0.5A to flow
through the circuit, calculate the resistance of R2.
V = IR
3=0.5(1+R2)
R2 = 5

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The electrical current flowing through each branch, I1 and I2, is 5
A. Both bulbs have the same resistance, which is 2. Calculate
the voltage supplied.
Parallelcircuit;V =V1=V2 = IR1 or
= IR2
= 5(2)
= 10 V

4.
The voltage supplied to the parallel is 3 V. R1 and R2 have
a resistance of 5 and 20. Calculate

(a) the potential difference across each resistor

3 V (parallel circuit)
(b) the effective resistance, R of the circuit
1/R = 1/5 + 1/20 =1/4
R=4
(c) the main current, I in the circuit

5:

V = IR
3 =I(4)
= 0.75 A
5.

20 :

when switch, S
(a) is open?
Effective R = 6
V = IR
12 =I(6)
I=2A

6.

V = IR
3 =I(5)
I = 0.6 A

(b) is closed?
Effective R = 4
V = IR
12 =I(4)
I=3A

(a)

(a)

(b)

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V = IR
3 =I(20)
I = 0.15 A

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7.

Calculate

resistor.

R = 12

V = IR

= 2(8) = 16 V

I=2A

(c) The current passing through 8 and 2.5

resistor.

resistors.

V = IR

I=2A

= 2(2.5) = 5 V
(e) The current passing through 6 resistor.
V = V8 + V2.5 +Vparallel
24 = 16 + 5 + Vparallel
Vparallel = 3V
V = IR
3 = I(6)
I = 0.5 A

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8.

The electrical components in our household appliances are connected in a combination of series and
parallel circuits. The above figure shows a hair dryer which has components connected in series and
parallel. Describe how the circuit works.

The hair dryer has three switches A, B and C

When switch A is switched on, the dryer will only blow air at ordinary room temperature
When switches A and B are both switched on, the dryer will blow hot air.
As a safety feature to prevent overheating, the heating element will not be switched on if the fan is
not switched on
The hair dryer has an energy saving feature. Switch C will switch on the dryer only when it is held
by the hand of user
The body of the hair dryer must be safe to hold and does not get hot easily

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7.4 ELECTROMOTIVE FORCE AND INTERNAL RESISTANCE

Electromotive force
Figure (a)

Figure (b)

potential difference, V < e.m.f.,
E

e.m.f.

E,r

R
Current flowing

No current flow

1. An electrical circuit is set up as shown in figure (a). A high resistance voltmeter is

connected across a dry cell which labeled 1.5 V.
a) Figure (a) is (an open circuit / a closed circuit)
b) There is (current flowing / no current flowing) in the circuit. The bulb (does not light up /
lights up)
c) The voltmeter reading shows the (amount of current flow across the dry cell / potential
difference across the dry cell)
d) The voltmeter reading is (0 V / 1.5 V / Less than 1.5 V)
e) The potential difference across the cell in open circuit is (0 V / 1.5 V / Less than 1.5 V).
Hence, the electromotive force, e.m.f., E is (0 V / 1.5 V / Less than 1.5 V)
f) It means, (0 J / less than 1.5 J / 1.5 J / 3.0 J) of electrical energy is required to move 1 C
charge across the cell or around a complete circuit.
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2. The switch is then closed as shown in figure (b).

a) Figure (b) is (an open circuit / a closed circuit)
b) There is (current flowing / no current flowing) in the circuit. The bulb (does not light up /
lights up)
c) The voltmeter reading is the (potential difference across the dry cell / potential difference
across the bulb / electromotive force).
d) The reading of the voltmeter when the switch is closed is (lower than/ the same as /
higher than) when the switch is open.
e) If the voltmeter reading in figure (b) is 1.3 V, it means, the electrical energy dissipated by
1C of charge after passing through the bulb is (0.2 J / 1.3 J / 1.5 J)
f) The potential difference drops by (0.2 V/ 1.3 V / 1.5 V). It means, the potential difference
lost across the internal resistance, r of the dry cell is (0.2 V/ 1.3 V / 1.5 V).
g) State the relationship between e.m.f , E , potential difference across the bulb, VR and drop
in potential difference due to internal resistance, Vr.
Electromotive force, e.m.f., E = Potential Difference + Drop in Potential Difference
across resistor, R
= VR + Vr

due to internal resistance,r

where VR = IR and Vr = Ir

= IR + Ir

= I (R + r)

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3.

i. Why is the potential difference across the resistor not the same as the e.m.f. of the battery?
The potential drops as much as 0.4

Since E

Ir

1.5

1.1

0.8

0.5 r

Since V

IR

1.1

0.5 R

2.2

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Chapter 7: Electricity

To determine the values of the electromotive force (e.m.f.) and

the internal resistance, r of the cell
Voltmeter
V
Internal resistance

Dry cell

Ammeter

Switch

Rheostat

Aim

Apparatus /

materials

Method

:
a)

Set up the circuit as shown in the figure.

b) Turn on the switch, and adjust the rheostat to give a small reading of the
ammeter, I, 0.2 A.
c)

Read and record the readings of ammeter and voltmeter respectively

d) Adjust the rheostat to produce four more sets of readings, I = 0.3 A, 0.4 A, 0.5
A and 0.6 A.
Tabulation of
data

:
Current,I/A
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7

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Volt, V/V
2.6
2.5
2.4
2.2
2.0
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:

Based on the
above data,
draw a graph of
V against I

Discussion

1. From the graph plotted, state the relationship between the potential difference, V
across the cell and the current flow, I?
The potential difference, V across the cell decreases as the current flow increases.
2. A cell has an internal resistance, r. This is the resistance against the movement of
the charge due to the electrolyte in the cell. With the help of the figure, explain the
result obtained in this experiment.
When the current flowing through the circuit increases, the quantity of charge
flowing per unit time increased. Hence, more energy was lost in moving a larger
amount of charge across the electrolyte. Because of this, there was a bigger drop in
potential difference measured by the voltmeter.
3. By using the equation E = V + Ir
(a) write down V in terms of E, I and r.
V = -rI + E
(b) explain how can you determine the values of E and r from the graph plotted in
this experiment.
E = the vertical intercept of the V I graph
R = the gradient of the V I graph
(c) determine the values of E and r from the graph.
By extrapolating the graph until it cuts the vertical axis,
E = 2.9 V
r = - gradient
= 1.4

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Exercise 7.4
A voltmeter connected directly across a battery gives a reading of 1.5 V.

The voltmeter reading drops to 1.35 V when a bulb is connected to the

battery and the ammeter reading is 0.3 A. Find the internal resistance of
the battery.
E = 3.0 V, V = 1.35 V, I = 0.3 A
Substitute in :

E = V + Ir
1.5 = 1.35 + 0.3(r)
r = 0.5

2. A circuit contains a cell of e.m.f 3.0 V and internal resistance, r. If the external resistor has a value of 10.0
and the potential difference across it is 2.5 V, find the value of the current, I in the circuit and the internal
resistance, r.
E = 3.0 V, R = 10 , V = 2.5 V
Calculate current : V = IR
Calculate internal resistance : E = I(R + r)

r = 2.0
A simple circuit consisting of a 2 V dry cell with an internal resistance of 0.5. When the switch is
closed, the ammeter reading is 0.4 A.
Calculate
(a) the voltmeter reading in open circuit
The voltmeter reading = e.m.f. = 2 V
(b) the resistance, R

(c) the voltmeter reading in closed circuit

E = I(R + r)
2

V = IR

= 0.4(R + 0.5)

= 0.4 (4.5)

R = 4.5

= 1.8 V
Find the voltmeter reading and the resistance, R of the

resistor.
E = V + Ir
12 = V + 0.5 (1.2)
V = 11.4 V
V = IR
e.m.f.

R = 22.8

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5
/V

A cell of e.m.f., E and internal resistor, r is connected to

a rheostat. The ammeter reading, I and the voltmeter
6

reading, V are recorded for different resistance, R of the

rheostat. The graph of V against I is as shown.

a)

the electromotive force, e.m.f., E

E = V + Ir

Rearrange

:V = E - Ir

Equivalent

: y = mx + c

/A

2
b) the internal resistor, r of the cell
r = - gradient
= - (6 - 2)
2
=2

=6V

V/V

1.5

0.2
5

1/A

b) From the graph, determine

i) the internal resistance of the battery

E = c = intercept of V-axis

= 0.26

ii) the e.m.f. of the battery

= 1.5 V
A graph of R against 1/I shown in figure was obtained

R/

1.3

graph, determine
a)

the internal resistance of the cell

E = I(R + r)
0.5
- 0.2

1 (A-1) Rearrange
I
- r,

:R=

Hence, r = -gradient = -(-0.2) = 0.2

b) the e.m.f. of the cell
e.m.f. = gradient = 3 V

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7.5 ELECTRICAL ENERGY AND POWER

Electrical Energy
1.

Energy Conversion
battery
(chemical energy)

(a)

current

(b)

current

battery
(chemical energy)

current

current

Light and heat

Energy Conversion:
Electrical energy Light energy
+ Heat energy

Energy Conversion:
Electrical energy Kinetic
energy

2. When an electrical appliance is switched on, the flows and the .............................. energy
supplied by the source is ................................... to other forms of energy.

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Electrical Energy and Electrical Power

1. Potential difference, V across two points is the ............................ dissipated or
transferred by a coulomb of charge, Q that moves across the two points.
2. Therefore,
3. Hence, E = VQ

Charge, Q

4. Power is defined as the rate of energy dissipated or transferred.

5. Hence, Power, P = Energy dissipated, E

time, t

Electrical Energy, E
From the definition of potential

Electrical Power, P
Power is the rate of transfer of electrical energy,

difference, V

E = VQ

; where Q = It

Hence,

E = VI t

; where V = IR

Hence,

E = I2R

; where I = V
R

Hence,

SI unit : Joule

P = VQ
t

P = VI

2
P= I R
t

P = I2 R

2
E= V t
R

(J)

SI unit : Joule

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1. The amount of electrical energy consumed in a given period of time can be calculated by
Energy consumed
E

Power rating x

Time

Pt

energy, E is in Joules

where

power, P is in watts
time, t is in seconds
2. The unit of measurement used for electrical energy consumption is the
...
1 kWh

1000 x 3600 J

3.6 x 106 J

1 unit

3. One kilowatt-hour is the electrical energy dissipated or transferred by a .. kW device in

... hour
4. Household electrical appliances that work on the heating effect of current are usually
marked with, and ..
5. The energy consumption of an electrical appliance depends on the and
the., , E = Pt
6. Power dissipated in a resistor, three ways to calculate:

P = I2R
= (0.5)2 100
= 25 watts

P = (V/R)2 R
= V2/R
= (50)2 /100
= 2500/100
= 25 watts

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P = I2(V/I)
= IV
= (0.50)50
= 25 watts

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Appliance

Quantity

Power / W

Power / kW

Time

Energy
Consumed
(kWh)

Bulb

60

8 hours

Refrigerator

400

24 hours

Kettle

1500

3 hours

Iron

1000

2 hours

= 16.58 kWh

Cost

= RM 4.64

Comparing Various Electrical Appliances in Terms of Efficient Use of Energy

1. A tungsten filament lamp changes ...............................to
useful ................ energy and unwanted ................energy
2. A fluorescent lamp or an energy saving lamp produces
less heat than a filament lamp for the same amount of
light produced.
3. a) Efficiency of a filament lamp :
Efficiency

Input power

3 x 100
60

5%

saving lamp
Efficiency

Input power

3 x 100
12

25 %

Exercise 7.5

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1. How much power dissipated in the bulb?

R = 10

(a)

5V

(b)

R = 10
R = 10
5V

2.

V= 15V

R1=2

R2=4

R3=4

Calculate
(a) the current, I in the circuit

in an hour?

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3. A current of 5A flows through an electric heater when it is connected to the 24 V mains

supply. How much heat is released after 2 minutes?

4. An electric kettle is rated 240 V 2 kW. Calculate the resistance of its heating element and
the current at normal usage.

5. An electric kettle operates at 240 V and carries current of 1.5 A.

(a) How much charge will flow through the heating coil in 2 minutes.

(b) How much energy will be transferred to the water in the kettle in 2 minutes?

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(a) What is meant by the label 3 kW, 240 V?

The electric kettle dissipates electrical power 3 kW if it operates at 240 V
(b) What is the current flow through the kettle?

(c) Determine the suitable fuse to be used in the kettle.

12 A
(d) Determine the resistance of the heating elements in the kettle.

7. Table below shows the power rating and energy consumption of some electrical appliances
when connected to the 240 V mains supply.
Appliance

Quantity

Power rating / W

Kettle jug

2000

1 hour

Refrigerator

400

24 hours

Television

200

6 hours

Lamp

60

8 hours

Electricity cost: RM 0.218 per kWh

Calculate
(a) Energy consumed in 1 day
Energy consumed

Kettle jug,

=1x2x1

= 2 kWh

Refrigerator

Television

= 1 x 0.2 x 6
= 1.2 kWh

Lamp

= 5 x 0.06 x 8
= 2.4 kWh

Total energy consumed

= 15.2 kWh

(b) How much would it cost to operate the appliances for 1 month?
Cost

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= RM 108.43
8. A vacuum cleaner consumes 1 kW of power but only delivers 400 J of useful work per
second. What is the efficiency of the vacuum cleaner?

9. An electric motor is used to lift a load of mass 2 kg to a height 5 m in 2.5 s. If the supply
voltage is 12 V and the flow of current in the motor is 5.0 A, calculate
(a) Energy input to the motor

Reinforcement Exercise Chapter 7

Part A: Objective Questions

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A.

Ampere, A

B.

kelvin,K

C.

Coulomb, C

D.

Volt, V

A.

B.

A.

C.
B.

C.

D.

4. A small heater operates at 12 V, 2A.

How much energy will it use when it is
run for 5 minutes?
A. 90 J
B. 120 J

C. 1800 J

D. 7200 J

potential difference, V and current, I

for an ohmic conductor?
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5. The electric current supplied by a

battery in a digital watch is 3.0 x 10-5
A. What is the quantity of charge that
flows in 2 hours?
A. 2.5 x 10-7 C
B. 1.5 x 10-5 C

C. 6.0 x 10-5 C

shape of a coil?

D. 3.6 x 10-3 C

A. To increase the length and produce

E. 2.2 x 10-1 C

a higher resistance.
B. To increase the current and produce

6. Which of the following circuits can be

used to determine the resistance of the
bulb?

more energy.
C. To decrease the resistance and
produce higher current

A.

D. To decrease the current and produce

a higher potential difference
8. Which of the following will not
affect the resistance of a conducting
wire.

B.

A. temperature
B. length
C. cross-sectional area
D. current flow through the wire

9. The potential difference between two

C.

points in a circuit is
A. the rate of flow of the charge from
one point to another
B. the rate of energy dissipation in
moving one coulomb of charge
from one point to another

D.

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C. the work done in moving one

coulomb of charge from one point
to another
D. the work done per unit current
flowing from one point to another
10.

An electric kettle connected to the

240 V main supply draws a current
of 10 A. What is the power of the
A. P and Q

kettle?

B. P and S

A. 200 W

C. Q and R

B. 2000 W

D. R and S

C. 2400 W

E.

D. 3600 W
E. 4800 W
11. An e.m.f. of a battery is defined as
A. the force supplied to 1 C of charge
B.

charge

is turned on?

charge

A. 1.0 A

B. 1.5 A

charge

C. 2.0 A
D. 9.0 A
E. 10.0 A

12. Which two resistor combinations have

the same resistance between X and Y?
14. A 2 kW heater takes 20 minutes to
heat a pail of water. How much

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to lift a load of 600 N through a

A. 1.2 x 106 J

vertical height of 4 m

B. 1.8 x 106 J

A. 20 s

C. 2.4 x 106 J

B. 40 s

D. 3.6 x 106 J

C. 60 s

E. 4.8 x 106 J

D. 80 s
E. 100 s

15. All bulbs in the circuits below are

identical. Which circuit has the

smallest effective resistance?

measurement of

A.

A. Power
B. Electrical energy
C. Electromotive force

B.

C.

D.

identical bulbs to a cell 6 V. Which

bulb labeled A, B, C and D is the
brightest?

16. An electric motor lifts a load with a

potential difference 12 V and fixed
current 2.5 A. If the efficiency of the
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E. 8.0 W

the terminals of a 12 V battery.

Calculate the power dissipated in the
resistor.

A. 0.5 W

be measured in units of JC-1

B. 2.0 W

A. Resistance

C. 4.0 W

B. Potential difference

D. 6.0 W

C. Electric current

1.

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The figure above shows a graph of electric current against potential difference for three
different conductors X, Y and Z.
(a) Among the three conductors, which conductor obeys Ohms law?
Conductor Y
(b) State Ohms law.
The potential difference across a conductor is directly proportional to the current that
flows through it, if the temperature and other physical quantities are kept constant.
(c) Resistance, R is given by the formula R = V/I. What is the resistance of X when the
current flowing through it is 0.4 A? Show clearly on the graph how is the answer
obtained.
From the graph I against V;
resistance, R

=

1
0.11

= 9.09
(d) Among X, Y and Z, which is a bulb? Explain your answer.
X, because as I increases, the gradient decreases. Hence, the resistance X increases
as I increases which is a characteristic of a bulb.
2.

The figure below shows an electric kettle connected to a 240 V power supply by a
flexible cable. The kettle is rated 240 V, 2500 W.

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The table below shows the maximum electric current that is able to flow through
wires of various diameters.

(a)

diameter of wire / mm

maximum current / A

0.80

1.00

10

1.20

13

1.40

15

What is the current flowing through the cable when the kettle is switched
on?
P = IV
I = P/V

(b)

Referring to the table above,

i. What is the smallest diameter wire that can be safely used for this
kettle?
1.20 mm
ii. Explain why it is dangerous to use a wire thinner than the one selected
in b(i)
As resistance is inversely proportional to cross-sectional area,
a thinner wire will have a higher resistance thus the wire will
become very hot. This could probably cause a fire to break
out.

(c)

State one precautionary measure that should be taken to ensure safe usage of
the kettle.

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Do not operate kettle with wet hands.

(d)

Mention one fault that might happen in the cable that will cause the fuse in the
plug to melt.
Short circuit might occur if the insulating materials of the wires in the cable are
damaged.

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Figure 1 shows the reading of the voltmeter in a simple electric circuit

Figure 2 shows the reading of the same voltmeter

(a) What is meant by electromotive force (e.m.f.) of a battery?

(b) Referring to figure (a) and figure (b), compare the state of the switch, S, and
the readings of the voltmeter. State a reason for the observation on the
readings of the voltmeter.
(c) Draw a suitable simple electric circuit and a suitable graph, briefly explain
how the e.m.f. and the quantity in your reason in (b) can be obtained.
(d)

The figure above shows a dry cell operated torchlight with metal casing
(i)

What is the purpose of the spring in the torchlight?

(ii)

Why it is safe to use the torchlight although the casing is made of metal?

(iii)

What is the purpose of having a concave reflector in the torchlight?

1. (a)

The work done by a battery to move a unit charge around a complete circuit.

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- Switch in figure 1 is turned off

- Switch in figure 2 in turned on
- Reading of voltmeter in figure 1 is higher than in figure 2
- This is due to the presence of an internal resistance in the battery

(c)

e.m.f = intercept on the v-axis

internal resistance = -(gradient of the graph)
(d)
(i)
(ii)
(iii)

To improve the contact between the dry cells and the terminals of the
torchlight
Current flowing through the torchlight is very small, will not cause
electric shock
To converge the light rays to obtain increase the intensity of the light rays
projected by the torchlight.

2. A group of engineers were entrusted to choose a suitable cable to be used as the

transmitting cable for a long distance electrical transmission through National Grid
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Four different cables and their characteristic of the cables were given. The length and
diameter of all the cables are similar.
(a) Define the resistance of a conductor.
(b) The table below shows the characteristic of the four cables, A, B, C and D.
Resistivity /
m

before breaking/
N

Density /
kgm-3

Rate of
expansion

0.020

500

2800

Low

0.056

300

3200

Low

0.031

400

5600

Medium

0.085

200

3800

High

Base on the above table:

(i)

Explain the suitability of each characteristic of the table to be used for a long
distance electricity transmission

(ii)

Determine the most suitable wire and state the reason

(c) Suggest how three similar bulbs are arranged effectively in a domestic circuit.
Draw a diagram to explain your answer. Give two reasons for the arrangement.
(d) An electric kettle is rated 2.0 kW.
(i)

Calculate how long would it take to boil 1.5 kg of water from an initial
temperature of 280 C.
[specific heat capacity of water = 4200 J kg-1 0C-1]

(ii)

What is the assumption made in the calculations above?

2.(a) Resistance is the ratio of potential difference to current flowing in an ohmic conductor.
(b)

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Characteristics

Explanations

A low resistivity

braking is high

tower

A low density

Cable will not slag when it heated during transmission

Cable A is chosen because it has low resistivity, high max load before breaking, low
density and low expansion rate.
(c) (i) If one bulb is burnt the others is still be lighted up
(ii) Each bulb can be switch on and off independently
(d) (i)

Pt = mc
(2000)(t)
t

(ii)

(1.5)(4200)(100-28)

226.8 s

END OF MODULE

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