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AS Module 3 Current Electricity and Elastic Properties of Solids

Introduction This module contains principally simple current electricity including alternating currents and the use of the oscilloscope. Some work on elastic properties of solids is also included. Most of this module consists of material from the AS Criteria for Physics. You MUST learn the formula in bold
12.1 Current electricity 
12.1.1 Charge, current, potential difference Electrical current as the rate of flow of charge 
Recall and use of  I=DQ/D   V = W/Q
Resistance Resistance is defined by R V / I
 12.1.2 Current/voltage characteristics For an ohmic conductor, a semiconductor diode and a filament lamp Candidates should have experience of the use of a current sensor and a voltage sensor with a datalogger to capture data from which to determine V I curves 
12.1.3 Ohm's law Ohms law understood as a special case where I a
12.1.4 Resistivity  Recall and use of r = AR/l
Description of the qualitative effect of temperature on the resistance of metal conductors and thermistors. Applications, e.g. temperature sensors 
12.1.5 Series and parallel resistor circuits RT=R1 + R2 + R3   

1/RT = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3

12.1.6 Energy and power in d.c. circuits Recall and use of  E =ItV  P =VI   P  = I2  R
Application, e.g. understanding of high current requirement for a starter motor in a motor car 
12.1.7 Kirchhoffs laws Conservation of charge and energy in simple d.c. circuits The relationships between currents, voltages and resistances in series and parallel circuits; questions will not be set which require the use of simultaneous equations to calculate currents or potential difference 
12.1.8 Potential divider The potential divider used to supply variable p.d. e.g. application as a hi-fi volume control 
12.1.9 Electromotive force Internal resistance r = E/Q    = I(R + r)
12.1.10 Alternating currents Sinusoidal voltages and currents only; root mean square, peak and peak-to-peak values, for sinusoidal waveforms: 
Irms = I0 / 2     Vrms  = V0 / 2
Application to calculation of mains electricity peak and peak-to-peak voltage values 
12.1.11 Oscilloscope Use of an oscilloscope as a d.c. and a.c. voltmeter, to measure time intervals and frequencies, and to display waveforms 
12.2 Elastic properties of solids 
12.2.1 Bulk properties of solids  Density r. Recall and use of r = m / V
 Hookes law, elastic limit, experimental investigations Tensile strain and tensile stress Elastic strain energy, breaking stress Derivation of energy stored = 1/2 Fe Description of plastic behaviour, fracture and brittleness and interpretation of simple stress-strain curves
12.2.2 The Young modulus The Young modulus  = tensile stress / tensile strain = (F l) / (Ae)
One simple method of measurement Use of stress-strain graphs to find the Young modulus and strain energy per unit volume.

Electrical basics - interactive revision

Multiple choice questions on current electricity

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