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Ch 7: Electricity in Physics

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Review electricity in physics as you prepare for the New York State Physics Regents Exam. These video lessons address electric power, charge, force, currents and energy.

Electricity in Physics - Chapter Summary

Reinforce what you've learned about electric power and electric potential energy through this series of video lessons. Our chapter on electricity in physics can jog your memory about electric charge and force as well as electric force fields and the significance of arrow direction and spacing. Additionally, you'll review the qualities of various types of insulators and conductors. This chapter on electricity in physics also addresses the following topics:

  • Coulomb's law
  • Electric field and the movement of charge
  • Voltage sources
  • Electric potential difference
  • Combinations of capacitors
  • Ohm's law
  • Electric circuit fundamentals and circuit analysis
  • Combining resistors
  • Kirchhoff's rules
  • Resistance

Our brief video presentations and short self-assessment quizzes can help you prepare for the New York State Regents Physics Exam. The videos are brief yet comprehensive, and the quizzes are designed in a multiple-choice format, like the majority of the physics Regents Exam.

Physics Regents Exam Objectives

To earn your Regents Diploma and eligibility to graduate, you'll need to pass five Regents Exams. One of these exams must be in a science: chemistry, earth science, living environment or physics. The physics exam comprises 85 multiple-choice and written-response questions, which must be completed within three hours. You need a score of 65 to pass this exam.

21 Lessons in Chapter 7: Electricity in Physics
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What is Electric Power?

1. What is Electric Power?

Power is a word we use all the time, but do you really know what it means? We'll look at how electrical power relates to voltage, current and resistance and how knowing that relationship can help you in everyday life.

Electric Charge and Force: Definition, Repulsion & Attraction

2. Electric Charge and Force: Definition, Repulsion & Attraction

Have you ever wondered what electricity is and where it comes from? Have you ever been zapped by static electricity and wondered how it got there? We'll answer all of these questions in this lesson on electric charge and force!

Electric Force Fields and the Significance of Arrow Direction & Spacing

3. Electric Force Fields and the Significance of Arrow Direction & Spacing

Did you know that force fields don't just exist in science fiction movies? In this lesson, we'll explore the electric force fields that surround charged particles and how we can draw diagrams that represent them.

Coulomb's Law: Variables Affecting the Force Between Two Charged Particles

4. Coulomb's Law: Variables Affecting the Force Between Two Charged Particles

In the 18th century, Charles Coulomb uncovered the secrets of electrostatic force between charged particles. The results of his experiments led to what is now known as Coulomb's Law, which tells us how force, charge, and distance are all related.

Insulators and Conductors: Examples, Definitions & Qualities

5. Insulators and Conductors: Examples, Definitions & Qualities

In this lesson, we'll explore the reasons that some materials conduct electrical energy with ease while others block it almost completely. We'll also talk about the property of conductivity and some everyday examples of insulators and conductors.

Electric Field & the Movement of Charge

6. Electric Field & the Movement of Charge

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what an electric field is, draw electric field lines and vectors for charged particles, and complete calculations involving electric fields. A short quiz will follow.

Voltage Sources: Energy Conversion and Examples

7. Voltage Sources: Energy Conversion and Examples

We use them every day, but no one really gives them much thought. What are we talking about? Why, voltage sources, of course! Batteries and generators are two of the most common sources of voltage that power our daily lives. We'll look at them in detail to see how they work.

Electric Potential Energy: Definition & Formula

8. Electric Potential Energy: Definition & Formula

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what electric potential energy is and use an equation to solve electric potential energy problems involving point charges. A short quiz will follow.

Electric Potential: Charge Collections and Volt Unit

9. Electric Potential: Charge Collections and Volt Unit

In this lesson, we'll find out that electric charges can be rather lazy until something motivates them to get work done. Find out what gives electric charges the potential to do work and how we measure that potential with something called voltage.

Finding the Electric Potential Difference Between Two Points

10. Finding the Electric Potential Difference Between Two Points

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what electric potential difference is and calculate the electric potential difference between two points in a uniform electric field. A short quiz will follow.

Capacitance: Units & Formula

11. Capacitance: Units & Formula

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a capacitor is, define capacitance, and solve simple problems using capacitance equations. A short quiz will follow.

Fixed & Variable Capacitors: Parts & Types

12. Fixed & Variable Capacitors: Parts & Types

Capacitors are devices that store electrical energy. In this lesson, we will explore the various types of capacitors, how they work, and how to calculate equivalent capacitance.

Capacitors: Construction, Charging & Discharging

13. Capacitors: Construction, Charging & Discharging

Electrical circuits have several components, each of which must be understood for the system to work. We're going to check out capacitors in this lesson and see how they can be used to control an electric current.

Ohm's Law: Definition & Relationship Between Voltage, Current & Resistance

14. Ohm's Law: Definition & Relationship Between Voltage, Current & Resistance

Did you know that electrical current is affected by the voltage and resistance in a circuit? In this lesson, we'll use Ohm's law, which tells us how current, voltage, and resistance are related, as we work through several electric circuit examples.

What is Electric Current? - Definition, Unit & Types

15. What is Electric Current? - Definition, Unit & Types

Like a river current is the flow of water molecules, electrical current is the flow of charged particles. In this lesson, we're going to explore what electrical current is, what causes it, and that, unlike a water current, electrical current doesn't always flow in one direction.

Electrical Resistance: Definition, Unit & Variables

16. Electrical Resistance: Definition, Unit & Variables

We'll take a shopping trip to the mall to learn how electrical resistance works and how it is affected by resistivity, conductor dimensions, and temperature. We'll also take a look at several common appliances that take advantage of resistance to function.

Electric Circuit Fundamentals: Components & Types

17. Electric Circuit Fundamentals: Components & Types

Electric circuits can be configured to power several loads, such as light bulbs, in series or in parallel. In this lesson, we'll look at both types of circuits and see how the voltage, current, and resistance are affected by installing additional loads.

Series Circuits: Definition & Concepts

18. Series Circuits: Definition & Concepts

When you flip a switch to turn your lights on, you are completing a circuit and providing a pathway for electrons to flow. In this lesson, you'll learn how connecting devices in a series along that circuit affects the current and resistance throughout.

Parallel Circuits: Definition & Concepts

19. Parallel Circuits: Definition & Concepts

People moving through an airport are similar to electrons moving through a circuit. Parallel circuits are one type of simple circuit, and they get their name from the multiple, parallel paths they provide for electron flow.

Applying Kirchhoff's Rules: Examples & Problems

20. Applying Kirchhoff's Rules: Examples & Problems

Ohm's Law can be useful for analyzing simple circuits, but when circuits are more complex, as they often are, we can instead analyze the circuits using Kirchhoff's rules. Learn about Kirchhoff's rules in this lesson.

Resistor-Capacitor (RC) Circuits: Definition & Explanation

21. Resistor-Capacitor (RC) Circuits: Definition & Explanation

Resistor-capacitor (RC) circuits are everywhere because they are useful in our everyday lives. The current in these circuits varies with time, making them both practical and common in many types of electronic equipment.

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