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1
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What is current?

A

The charge transferred per second

2
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What is meant by the potential difference (voltage) of a supply?

A

It is the number of Joules of energy given to each coulomb of charge passing through the cell

3
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Which device measures current?

A

Ammeter

4
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Which device measures voltage?

A

Voltmeter

5
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Which device measures resistance?

A

Ohmmeter

6
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What is the symbol for an ammeter?

A

Circle with an A in it.

7
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What is the symbol for a voltmeter?

A

Circle with a V in it

8
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What is the symbol for an Ohmmeter?

A

Circle with an Omega in it

9
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How should an ammeter be connected to measure the current in a component?

A

It should be connected in series with the component

10
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How should a voltmeter be connected to measure the voltage across a component?

A

It should be connected across the component

11
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How can you identify a series circuit?

A

It is a circuit with only one path round it.

12
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What is the rule for current in a series circuit?

A

The current is the same everywhere

I1=I2=I3

13
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What is the rule for voltages in a series circuit?

A

The voltage across each component added together is equal to the supply voltage.

Vs=V1+V2+ …

14
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What happens if you unscrew one of the lamps in the circuit below? Why?

A

The other lamps go out. There is a break in the circuit and the current does not have a complete route to the battery.

15
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If you heat a conductor, what happens to it’s resistance?

A

It increases

16
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How can a parallel circuit be identified?

A

It is a circuit with more than one path round it.

17
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What is the rule for current in a parallel circuit?

A

The supply current is equal to the current in each branch added together.

IS = I1+I2+…

18
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What is the rule for voltages in a parallel circuit?

A

The voltage across each branch is equal to the supply voltage.

VS=V1=V2= ….

19
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Cell

20
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Battery

21
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Switch

22
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Lamp

23
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Motor

24
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Loudspeaker

25
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Resistor

26
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Variable Resistor

27
Q

Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Thermistor

28
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Light Dependent Resistor

29
Q

Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Fuse

30
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Diode

31
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Light Emitting Diode

32
Q

Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Photovoltaic cell / solar cell

33
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Which circuit component is represented by the following diagram?

A

Microphone

34
Q

What is the energy chage in a battery?

A

Chemical to electrical

35
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What is the energy change in a lamp?

A

Electrical to light (+ heat)

36
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What is the energy change in a motor?

A

Electrical to kinetic

37
Q

What is the energy change in a loudspeaker?

A

Electrical to sound

38
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What is the energy change in a buzzer?

A

Electrical to sound

39
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What is the energy change in an LED?

A

Electrical to light

40
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What is the energy change in a photovoltaic cell?

A

Light to electrical

41
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What is the energy change in a microphone?

A

Sound to electrical

42
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What happens if you increase the resistance in a circuit?

A

The current will decrease

43
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State two place a variable resistor can be used.

A

Light dimmer switch sped control on Scalextric cars volume control on a radio

44
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State a device that can be used in a temperature sensor

A

Thermistor

45
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State a device that can be used in a light sensor

A

LDR

46
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What is a thermistor?

A

A resistor whose resistance changes with changes in temperature

47
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What is a Light Dependent Resistor?

A

A resistor whose resistance changes with changes in light level

48
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What is a fuse?

A

Safety device that protects the flex

49
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Explain how a fuse works.

A

A fuse is a thin wire. If too much current passes through it, it will get hot and melt. This breaks the circuit.

50
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How should a diode or LED be connected with a battery to light correctly?

A

Small line on battery points to small line on LED or diode.

51
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Why is an LED normally connected in series with a resistor?

A

Resistor is to protect the LED by limiting the current in the LED.

52
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What is the rule for selecting a fuse from a power rating?

A

Appliances less than 720W use a 3A fuse Appliances more than 720W use a 13A fuse

53
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What is power?

A

The energy transferred per second

54
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What two factors effect the running cost of an appliance?

A

The time it is used for The power rating of the appliance

55
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How can power losses be reduced in transmission lines?

A

By increasing the transmission voltage and so decreasing teh transmission current. Power loss P = I2R, so if the current is reduced the power lost is reduced.

56
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Suggest a way that we say ‘energy is lost’ (not converted to the type of energy we want)?

A
• Heat lost to the surroundings due to friction
• Sound energy lost to air because of vibrations
• Energy lost as heat to the surroundings
• Heat lost in heating up a container instead of the substance in it
57
Q

What causes pressure of a gas in a container?

A

Gas particles hitting the sides of a container

58
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Using Kinetic Theory state what happens to the pressure if you increase the temperature of a fixed mass gas in a fixed volume container.

A

Pressure increases

59
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Using Kinetic Theory state what happens to the pressure if you decrease the volume of a fixed mass gas at a constant temperature.

A

Pressure increases

60
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Using Kinetic Theory state what happens to the volume if you increase the temperature of a fixed mass gas at a fixed pressure.

A

volume will increase.

61
Q

What happens if you unscrew one of the lamps in a parallel circuit?

A

Other lamps stay on as they still have a complete route to the battery.

62
Q

What is the stated value of the mains?

A

230V, 50Hz

63
Q

When would you use a relay?

A

To switch on a high current ciruit using a low current circuit for safety.

64
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How does a relay work?

A
• Close a switch to make a current flow in a wire.
• This creates an electromagnet.
• Electromagnet attracts metal switch.
• This completes the second circuit and the lamp switches on.
65
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Which component does the symbol represent?

A

Buzzer

66
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What is the energy change in a buzzer?

A

Electrical to sound

67
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Using Kinetic Theory state what happens to the pressure if you decrease the temperature of a fixed mass gas in a fixed volume container.

A

Pressure decreases

68
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Using Kinetic Theory state what happens to the pressure if you increase the volume of a fixed mass gas at a constant temperature.

A

Pressure decreases

69
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Using Kinetic Theory state what happens to the volume if you decrease the temperature of a fixed mass gas at a fixed pressure.

A

Volume decreases

70
Q

What is meant by an analogue device?

A

A device that can take any value over a range

71
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What is meant by a digital device?

A

A device that is either ON or OFF or can only take set values.

72
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Name a digital input device.

A

Switch

73
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Name an analogue input device.

A

LDR, Thermistor, microphone, solar cell

74
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Name a digital output device

A

LED

75
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Name an analogue output device

A

Loudspeaker, motor, lamp

76
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Name an everyday device that gives an analogue reading.

A

A clock with hands, speedometer in car, analogue meter (has an arm that moves to give the reading)

77
Q

Name an everyday device that gives a digital reading.

A

Digital clocks, digital stopwatch, multimeter readings

78
Q

Suggest an output device that could give light out as a warning.

A

Lamp or LED

79
Q

Suggest an output device that could make a sound as a warning.

A

Buzzer or Loudspeaker

80
Q

Suggest an output device that could cause a fan to operate or to generate movement.

A

Motor

81
Q

Suggest an imput device that could detect changes in temperature

A

Thermistor

82
Q

Suggest an input device that could detect changes in light level

A

LDR (Light Dependent Resistor)

83
Q

How would you work out total resistance in a series circuit?

A

RT=R1+R2+R3

84
Q

Which logic gate is this?

A

AND

85
Q

Which logic gate is this?

A

OR

86
Q

Which logic gate is this?

A

NOT

87
Q

When will an AND gate give a ‘1’ or ON out?

A

When Input 1 AND Input 2 are ON or at ‘1’

88
Q

When will an OR gate give a ‘1’ or ON out?

A

When Input 1 is ON ‘1’ OR Input 2 is ON ‘1’ OR when Input 1 and Input 2 are ON ‘1’

89
Q

How does a NOT gate work?

A

Put in an ON ‘1’, get out an OFF ‘0’

Put in an OFF ‘0’, get out an ON ‘1’

90
Q

State Ohm’s Law

A

V = IR

Voltage = Current x Resistance

91
Q

Suggest one place that kinetic theory/model is used.

A
• Weather balloons
• Car tyres
• Aerosol cans
• Aircraft cabins
• Gas tanks for diving
• Pressurised containers - fire extinguishers
92
Q

State two methods of generating electrical energy

A
• Solar cells
• Wind turbines
• Nuclear power station
• Hydro electric
93
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State an advantage of generating electrical energy by using wind turbines.

A
• Does not produce greenhouse gases
• Renewable so it will not run out
94
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State a disadvantage of generating electrical energy by using wind turbines.

A
• It may not always be windy enough to generate enough electrical energy
• People object to them as they spoil the landscape
95
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State an advantage of generating electrical energy by using solar cells.

A
• Does not produce greenhouse gases
• Renewable so it will not run out
96
Q

State a disadvantage of generating electrical energy by using solar cells.

A
• Many not have enough daylight to generate enough electrical energy
• Can be expensive to install
97
Q

State an advantage of generating electrical energy by using nuclear power.

A
• Does not produce any greenhouse gases
• Produces a large amount of energy per kg of fuel
• Fuel cells can be reprocessed an used again
98
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State a disdvantage of generating electrical energy by using nuclear power.

A
• The waste must be stored for hundreds of years
• Expensive to build and decomission
• If there is an accident radioactive material can be released into the environment
99
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State an advantage of generating electrical energy by using hydro-electric.

A
• Does not produce any greenhouse gases
• The water is not used up in the process
100
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State a disadvantage of generating electrical energy by using hydro-electric.

A
• A dam must be built and land is flooded to create the water storage, this can damage the environment
• Loss of control of water flow down stream
101
Q

Which type of appliances consume the most energy?

A

Ones that are used for heating - kettle, electric shower etc.

102
Q

What is the efiiciency of a device a measure of?

A

How good an appliance is at converting the input energy to the wanted output energy.

A lamp converts electrical energy to light and heat, it would be more efficient if it did not produce heat.

103
Q

How do you calculate efficiency?

A

Efficiency = (Useful energy out / Energy In ) x 100

OR

Efficiency = (Useful Power Out / Power In) x 100

104
Q

If a power station is efficient, what is this on the environment?

A
• Conserves resources (less input energy required to give the same output)
• This can also reduce the impact on the environment
105
Q

What do the magetic field lines round a bar magnet look like?

A
106
Q

What do the field lines look like round two bar magnets?

A
107
Q

What do the field lines look like round two bar magnets?

A
108
Q

State two practical users of electromagnets.

A
• Relays
• Electric Bells
• Loudspeakers
• Fire door retainers
• Maglev Trains
109
Q

Why do we sometimes use an electromagnet instead of a permanent magnet?

A

An electromagnet can be switched on and off.

110
Q

How can an electromagnet be constructed?

A

Wire wrapped wrapped round an iron nail. The ends of the wire connected to a battery.

111
Q

How can the strength of an electromagnet be varied?

A
• More turns of wire = stronger electromagnet
• Less turns of wire = weaker electromagnet
• Increase the current through the wire / voltage across the wire = stronger magnet
• Decrease the current through the wire / voltage acrossthe wire = weaker magnet
112
Q

What is the purpose of a transformer?

A

To increase or decrease a voltage

113
Q

What does a step up transformer do?

A

Increases the voltage

114
Q

What does a step down transormer do?

A

Decreases the voltage

115
Q

Why are transformers used in electrical transmission lines?

A

To step up the voltage. This decreases the current and reduces the power lost in the transmission lines. At the other end a step down transformer reduces the voltage ready for use in the home.

116
Q

What are the main parts of a transformer?

A

Primary Coli, Secondary Coil, Iron core

117
Q

A
• Easy to access for repairs.
• Easy to spot where a repair is required
118
Q

A
• They can look ugly in the countryside
• High winds, heavy snow can bring them down
119
Q

Give an advantage of underground cables.

A
• They cannot be seen so do not effect the landscape
• Will not be effected by snow or heavy winds
120
Q

Give a disadvantage of underground cables

A
• Have to dig them up for a repair
• More difficult to find breaks
121
Q

In a traditional power station (coal, gas or oil fired) what are the main parts that help produce electrical energy?

A
• Boiler
• Turbine
• Generator
122
Q

What is the energy change in a boiler?

A

Chemical to heat

123
Q

What is the energy change in a turbine? (Traditional power station)

A

Heat to Kinetic

124
Q

What is the energy change in a generator?

A

Kinetic to electrical