Important Concepts

That was a lot of concepts to take in at once, but it should provide a solid foundation to aid in understanding how electronic circuits work. As a quick review:

  • Positive and negative charges are arbitrarily named characteristics to describe the attractive and repulsive behavior of subatomic particles such as protons and electrons.
  • Atoms get their net “charge” as ions; when there is an imbalance between the number of positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons.
  • Materials that electrons move freely between atoms are electrically conductive.
  • Because of historic reasons, circuits are described with the concept of hole-flow, rather than electron flow, which states that charge carriers flow from positive to negative.
  • Electrons flow rather slowly, but their effect travels at the speed of light as an electromagnetic wave.
  • Electromagnetism is a three-dimensional attraction and repulsion force that arises from the angular momentum of electrons; a strong magnetic field can be generated from current going through a coiled wire.
  • A current can be induced in a wire when it passes through a magnetic field.

Part 2 - Quantifying Electricity; amps, volts, and watts


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