What does an
electric circuit mean?
An electric circuit is a continuous and closed path through
which electric current flows. It consists of electric devices like electric
bulbs, fans, etc., a source of electricity, switches and wires that are
Define the unit of
of electric current is ampere (A).
1 A is the
flow of 1 C of charge in 1 second through a wire.
Calculate the number of
electrons constituting one coulomb of charge.
An electron possesses a
charge of .
Therefore, the number of
electrons that contain 1 C of charge
a device that helps to maintain a potential difference across a conductor.
Devices like a battery, cell, power
supply, etc., which are sources of electricity, help to maintain a potential
difference across a conductor.
is meant by saying that the potential difference between two points is 1 V?
When 1 joule of work is done to move a charge of 1
coulomb from one of the points to the other, the potential difference between those
two points in a current carrying conductor is said to be 1 V.
much energy is given to each coulomb of charge passing through a 6V battery?
The energy given to each coulomb of charge is equal to
the amount of work done in moving it through a 6V battery.
Work done = potential difference × charge
Given that the charge = 1 C and the potential difference = 6V
On what factors does the resistance of a conductor
Factors on which the resistance
of a wire depends:
Material used to make the conductor
Length of the conductor
Cross-sectional area of the conductor
Temperature of the conductor
current flow more easily through a thick wire or a thin wire of the same material,
when connected to the same source? Why?
The resistance to the flow of current
in a conductor is inversely proportional to the area of its cross-section. A
thick wire will have more area of the cross section. Thus, current will flow
more easily through a thick wire than a thin wire of the same material, when
connected to the same source.
the resistance of an electrical component remains constant while the potential
difference across the two ends of the component decreases to half of its former
value. What change will occur in the current through it?
According to Ohm’s law,
When the potential difference is
decreased to half, the new potential difference will be .
As the resistance remains constant,
So, the new current flowing will
Thus, the amount of current flowing through an
electrical component is reduced by half if the potential difference is
decreased to half.
are coils of electric toasters and electric irons made of an alloy rather than
a pure metal?
Electrical appliances like electric toasters and
electric irons work on the principle of heating effects of current. The coils
of electric toasters and electric irons are made of an alloy rather than a pure
(a) The resistivity of an alloy is higher than the
(b) The alloys do not melt readily at high temperature.
the data in the table below to answer the questions.
Which among iron and mercury is a better conductor?
(b) Which material is the best conductor?
(a) Resistivity of iron
Resistivity of mercury
Thus, iron is a better conductor than mercury.
(b) Silver is the best conductor as
its resistivity is the lowest among the listed materials.
a schematic diagram of a circuit consisting of a battery of three cells of 2 V
each, a 5 Ω resistor, an 8 Ω resistor, and a 12 Ω resistor, and a plug key, all
connected in series.
the circuit of above question, putting in an ammeter to measure the current
through the resistors and a voltmeter to measure the potential difference
across the 12 Ω resistor. What would be the readings in the ammeter and the voltmeter?
The ammeter should be connected in
the circuit in series with the resistors. To measure the potential difference
across the resistor 12 Ω, the voltmeter should be connected in parallel.
The reading of the
Resistance of the circuit,
According to Ohm’s law,
Thus, the reading of the ammeter will
be 0.24 A.
reading of the voltmeter:
Let the potential difference across
12 Ω resistor be
Current flowing through the 12 Ω resistor,
Using Ohm’s law, we get
This the reading of the voltmeter will be 2.88 V
the equivalent resistance when the following are connected in parallel
(a) 1 Ω and Ω,
1 Ω and Ω, and Ω.
When 1Ω and Ω are connected in
parallel, the equivalent resistance R can be found as:
(b) When 1Ω, Ω and Ω are connected in
parallel, the equivalent resistance R can be found by:
electric lamp of 100 Ω, a toaster of resistance 50 Ω, and a water filter of
resistance 500 Ω are connected in parallel to a 220 V source.
is the resistance of an electric iron connected to the same source that takes
as much current as all three appliances, and what is the current through it?
Resistance of the electric lamp,
Resistance of the toaster,
Resistance of the water filter,
Potential difference of the source,
As these are connected in parallel, the corresponding circuit diagram is given
Let R be the
equivalent resistance of the circuit.
per Ohm’s law,
So, 7.04 A of current is
drawn by all the three given appliances.
The current drawn by the electric iron
connected to the same source of potential
the resistance of electric iron then
are the advantages of connecting electrical devices in parallel with the battery
instead of connecting them in series?
The advantages of connecting electrical devices in
The potential difference across all
appliances connected in parallel is equal to the supplied voltage. Hence, there
is no division of voltage among the appliances.
The total effective resistance of the
circuit when connected in parallel is reduced. This results in more flow of
current for a given voltage.
can three resistors of resistances 2 Ω, 3 Ω, and 6 Ω be connected to give a
total resistance of (a) 4 Ω, (b) 1 Ω?
To get 4 Ω, we can make the connections as
shown in the circuit diagram.
The equivalent resistance of 6 Ω and
3 Ω when connected in parallel
Therefore, the equivalent resistance
of the circuit 2 Ω connected with 2 Ω in series is 4 Ω.
(b) To get 1 Ω, we can make the connections as shown in the circuit
Here, the resistors are connected in parallel.
The equivalent resistance
is (a) the highest, (b) the lowest total resistance that can be secured by combinations
of four coils of resistance 4 Ω, 8 Ω, 12 Ω, 24 Ω?
There are four coils of resistances 4
Ω, 8 Ω, 12 Ω and 24 Ω respectively.
(a) The highest resistance can be
secured by connecting these coils in series.
The resultant resistance when
connected in series is .
(b) The lowest resistance can be secured by connecting these coils in parallel.
The resultant resistance is
does the cord of an electric heater not glow while the heating element does?
A cord of an electric heater is usually made up of
aluminium or copper. These are good conductors of electricity. Thus, they offer
very little resistance to the flow of electric current.
The heating element of the heater is made up of an
alloy that has a very high resistance. Thus, it offers very high resistance
when current flows through it. Due to the high resistance, the alloy becomes very
hot and glows.
the heat generated while transferring 96000 coulomb of charge in one hour
through a potential difference of 50 V.
Therefore, the heat generated is 4.8 x 106 J.
electric iron of resistance 20 Ω takes a current of 5 A. Calculate the heat developed
in 30 s.
The amount of heat (H)
produced is given by the equation,
Therefore, the amount of heat developed in the
electric iron is .
What determines the rate at which energy is delivered
by a current?
The rate at which energy is delivered by a current is called
power. So, the power (of an appliance) determines the rate at which energy is
delivered by a current.
electric motor takes 5 A from a 220 V line. Determine the power of the motor
and the energy consumed in 2 h.
Power (P) of the motor, ,
where the voltage, and the current,
Energy consumed by the motor
Here, the time,
Therefore, the energy