Electric Charge | Electric Current | Voltage

Electric Charge

What is Electric Charge

 It is the basic property of matter carried by elementary particles that causes it to experience a force when placed in magnetic or electric field.  

There are two types of electric charge: positive and negative (commonly carried by protons and electrons respectively). Like charges repel each other and unlike charges attract each other. An object with an absence of net charge is referred to as neutral.

The Charge is neither created nor destroyed. The negative charge of each electron is equal to that of the positive charge of each proton. Some of the atoms in the surface layer of a glass rod get positively charged by rubbing it with a silk cloth by losing electrons, leaving a net positive charge because of the un-neutralized protons of their nuclei.

A negatively charged object has an excess of electrons on its surface. similarly, a positively charged object has excess of protons on its surface.

 Charge is denoted by “q” and its SI unit is coulomb “C” and is defined as the amount of electric charge that flows through a cross section of a conductor in an electric circuit during each second when the current has a value of one ampere.

 Various properties of charge include the following:

  1. Additive of Electric Charge
  2. Conservation of Electric Charge
  3. Quantization of Electric Charge

In any isolated system, Electric charge is conserved, which means the net electric charge of the system is constant. The algebraic sum of the fundamental charges in any isolated system remains the same.

Net charge in a system\\\;\\\;\;\;\;q = ne + np\\Where   e = charge of electron = -1.602 x 10-19 C \\\;\;\;\; p = charge of proton = 1.602 x 10-19 C \\\;\;\;\; n = number of electron/protons \\\;\;\;\; 1 C = 6.242 x 1018 e

What is Electric current

                it is defined as the rate of change of charge through specified area. the direction of the current in electric circuits is taken as the direction of positive charge flow, the direction opposite to the actual electron drift. When so defined the current is called conventional current.

Mathematically\\\;\\\;\;\;\;\;i=\frac{dq}{dt}\\\;\\ where “I” is the current\\\;\;\;\;dq = change in charge,(in coulomb,”C”)\\\;\;\;\;dt = change in time (seconds)\\\;\\The SI Unit of current is ampere, denoted by “A”\\\;\\\;\;\;\;\;\;\;Ampere=\frac{Coulomb}{second}

What is Voltage

                It is defined as amount of potential energy between two points in a circuit. one point has more charge than another. This difference in charge between two points is called voltage. The SI unit of voltage is volt, denoted by “V”.

When describing charge, voltage and current a common analogy is a water tank. In this analogy, charge is represented by the water amount, voltage is represented by the water pressure, and current is represented by the water flow. So for this analogy, remember:

  1. Water = Charge
  2. Pressure = Voltage
  3. Flow = Current

Consider a water tank at a certain height above the ground. At the bottom of this tank there is a hose as shown in figure below.

Charge,Current and Voltage Analogy

The pressure at the end of the hose can represent voltage. The water in the tank represents charge. The more water in the tank, the higher the charge, the more pressure is measured at the end of the hose. We can think of this tank as a battery, a place where we store a certain amount of energy and then release it. If we drain our tank a certain amount, the pressure created at the end of the hose goes down. We can think of this as decreasing voltage, like when a flashlight gets dimmer as the batteries run down. There is also a decrease in the amount of water that will flow through the hose. Less pressure means less water is flowing, which brings us to current.

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