# Topic 10 Electricity and circuits Flashcards Preview

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Flashcards in Topic 10 Electricity and circuits Deck (83)
1
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1 What word describes materials that electricity will pass through?

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conductors

2
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2 What word describes materials that electricity cannot pass through?

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insulators

3
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3 What components do you need to make a circuit that would make a small torch bulb light up?

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battery, connecting wires, lamp; switch is optional

4
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4 What are the two terminals of an electric cell labelled as?

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plus and minus

5
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5 In an electric circuit with a battery, which of these materials will conduct: copper, wood, salty water?

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copper and salty water

6
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6 Which of these materials are insulators: plastic, metal, air?

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plastic and air

7
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7 What component is used to measure current?

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ammeter

8
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8 What name is given to the negatively charged subatomic particles that cause an electric current?

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electrons

9
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9 Is mains voltage about 15 times, 150 times or 1500 times bigger than the voltage from a battery?

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10
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10 If you connect some cells together in series, what is formed?

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a battery

11
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11 What is the name of a circuit with one path around it and no branches?

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a series circuit

12
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12 What is the name given to a circuit with components in different branches?

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a parallel circuit

13
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13 What is the circuit symbol for a lamp?

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circle with a cross in it

14
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14 What is the circuit symbol for a cell?

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two vertical lines, one longer than the other

15
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15 How can you tell which is the negative terminal of a cell from the circuit symbol?

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It is the shorter line.

16
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16 What is the difference between conventional current and the flow of electrons?

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Electrons flow from the negative terminal of a cell to the positive terminal, conventional current flows the other way.

17
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17 What unit is current measured in?

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amps/amperes

18
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18 What is another term for potential difference?

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voltage

19
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19 Which component is used to measure electric current?

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an ammeter

20
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20 What are the units for current?

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amps or amperes

21
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21 What two conditions are needed to give a current in a circuit?

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closed circuit and potential difference

22
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22 Is an ammeter connected in parallel or in series with a component?

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series

23
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23 A series circuit has two lamps. When the current through one lamp is 2A, what is the current through the other lamp?

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2A

24
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24 A parallel circuit has two lamps in parallel. When the current through each lamp is 2A, what is the current from the battery?

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4A

25
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25 Which component is used to measure potential difference?

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a voltmeter

26
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26 What are the units for potential difference?

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volts

27
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27 Current can be described as the rate of flow of charge. In a metal, what are the charged particles that flow?

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electrons

28
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28 In a circuit, energy is transferred to a charge. Where is this energy transferred from?

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cell/battery/power supply

29
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29 What is an electric current?

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a flow of charge

30
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30 State the unit and the symbol for current.

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amp/ampere, A

31
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31 State the unit and the symbol for charge.

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coulomb, C

32
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32 Write down the equation relating the total charge that flows to current and time.

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Q = I x t

33
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33 State the unit and the symbol for potential difference.

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volt, V

34
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34 How many volts is one joule per coulomb?

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1V

35
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35 Write down the equation relating the energy transferred in a circuit to the potential difference.

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E = Q x V

36
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36 Describe the potential difference between two points in terms of energy transferred.

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It is the energy transferred when 1 coulomb of charge moves from one point to the other.

37
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37 State the unit for electrical resistance.

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ohm

38
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38 Write down the equation that is used to work out electrical resistance.

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R = V / I

39
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39 What unit is used to measure resistance?

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ohms

40
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40 What is the symbol for a resistor?

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a rectangle

41
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41 What is the symbol for a variable resistor?

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a rectangle with an arrow through it

42
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42 What equation connects potential difference, current and resistance?

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V = I x R

43
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43 A circuit contains a resistor. If another resistor is added in series with the first, does the total resistance in the circuit increase, decrease or stay the same?

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increase

44
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44 A circuit contains a resistor. If another resistor is added in parallel with the first, does the total resistance in the circuit increase, decrease or stay the same?

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decrease

45
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45 When resistors are connected in series, how can you calculate the total resistance?

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46
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46 When the potential difference across a fixed resistor is doubled, what happens to the current?

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the current doubles

47
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47 What happens to the resistance of a light-dependent resistor LDR when light intensity increases?

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It decreases

48
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48 What happens to the resistance of a thermistor when the temperature increases?

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it decreases

49
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49 What is the name of a resistor that can be changed by adjusting a dial?

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a variable resistor

50
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50 Which component could be used to change the current in a circuit when the temperature changes?

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a thermistor

51
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51 Which component could be used to change the current in a circuit when the light intensity changes?

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a light-dependent resistor

52
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52 What does a diode do?

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conducts electricity in only one direction

53
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53 What happens to the resistance of a filament lamp when the potential difference is increased?

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it increases

54
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54 What happens to the resistance of a thermistor when the temperature rises?

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it decreases

55
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55 What happens to the resistance of a light-dependent resistor when the light intensity increases?

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it decreases

56
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56 What does the graph of current against potential difference look like for a fixed resistor?

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straight line through the origin/directly proportional relationship

57
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57 When an electric current passes through a high-resistance wire, what happens to the wire?

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it becomes hot

58
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58 How can resistance in the wires in circuits be reduced?

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cool the wire / use low-resistance wire / make the wire thicker / make the wires as short as possible

59
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59 Give an example of an appliance that uses the heating effect of a current.

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e.g. kettle

60
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60 Give an example of a disadvantage that can result from overheating by an electric current.

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e.g. fire, damage to the appliance/wires

61
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61 If the new connecting wires in a house have a lower resistance than the old ones, what effect will this have on daily electricity use?

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it will be less

62
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62 When electrons move through a lattice of positive ions, what happens to cause electrical resistance?

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collisions

63
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63 When a resistor heats up, what happens to the positive ions to increase resistance?

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they vibrate more

64
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64 What is the equation that connects energy transferred to current, potential difference and time?

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E = I x V x t, energy transferred = current x potential difference x time

65
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65 H Apart from using lower resistance wires and without changing any components, state one way the resistance in a circuit can be reduced.

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thicker wires, cooling

66
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66 H State a second way the resistance in circuits can be reduced.

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low resistance materials, thicker wires, or cooling

67
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67 What is the unit for measuring power?

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watts

68
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68 Power is the transfer of what each second?

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energy

69
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69 Name the unit and give the symbol for power.

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watt, W

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70 Which is more powerful: kettle A, which boils a mug of water in 1 minute, or kettle B, which boils a mug of water in 2 minutes, or do they both have the same power?

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A

71
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71 Write down an equation that links power to energy transferred, E.

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or in words

72
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72 Which uses more power: A a 12 V 20 W lamp, or B a 240 V 9 W lamp or do they both use the same power?

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A

73
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73 Write down an equation that links power to current and potential difference.

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P = I x V or in words

74
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75 What is the mains voltage in the UK?

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230 V

75
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76 What is the frequency of the a.c. mains voltage in the UK?

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50 Hz

76
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77 What type of energy store does a battery have?

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chemical

77
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78 At some time after energy is transferred to an electric toothbrush, in what energy store does the energy end up?

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in the thermal store of the surroundings

78
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79 What do the letters d.c. mean?

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direct current

79
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80 Describe the way the electrons move in d.c.

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in one continuous direction

80
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81 What do the letters a.c. mean?

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alternating current

81
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82 Describe the way the electrons move in a.c.

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keep reversing direction

82
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83 What are the names of two of the wires in a plug?

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two of: live, neutral, earth

83
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84 What is the name of one electrical safety feature found in our homes apart from the earth wire of a plug?

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Circuit breaker or fuse