What is Electricity?

  • If you look around yourself you will see almost everything is run by Electricity.
  • It is a convenient and important source of energy
  • It is used in homes,industries,transport and many more. 

What is Charge

Understanding Charge 

  • Bring a plastic comb near some very tiny pieces of paper, there will not have any effect on them.
  • When you rub the comb with dry hair and then taken near the tiny pieces of paper, we find that the comb now attracts the pieces of paper towards itself.
  • These observations are explained by saying that initially the comb is electrically neutral so it has no effect on the tiny pieces of paper.
  • When the comb is rubbed with dry hair, then it gets electric charge.
  • This electrically charged comb exerts an electric force on the tiny pieces of paper and attracts them

What is Electric Charge

  • Electric charge is a basic property of electrons, protons and other subatomic particles.
  • Electrons are negatively charged while protons are positively charged.
  • Like charges repel each other and unlike charges attract each other.
  • SI unit of Electric Charge is coulomb(C).
  • An Electron posses a negative charge of 1.6×10-19C

What is Electric Current

  • when electric charge comes in motion then electric current forms.
  • Or rate of change of electric charge is called as electric current. 
  • If a net charge Q flows across any cross-section of a conductor in time t then the current current I, through the cross section is



We know that the charge of an electron is 1.6 × 10–19 coulomb (or 1.6 × 10–19 C).
Now, If charge is 1.6 × 10–19 C, No. of electrons = 1
If charge is 1 C, then No. of electrons= 

Direction of flow of Electric Current

  • When electricity was invented a long time back, it was known that there are two types of charges : positive charges and negative charges
  • but the electron had not been discovered at that time.
  • So, electric current was considered to be a flow of positive charges and the direction of flow of the positive charges was taken to be the direction of electric current
  • The actual flow of electrons (which constitute the current) is, however, from negative terminal to positive terminal of a cell, which is opposite to the direction of conventional current

Lets go to a new part i.e. Electric Potential so, 

What is Electric Potential 

  • The Electric Potential or Potential at point in an Electric Field is defined as the work done in moving an unit positive charge from infinity to that point.
  • Potential is denoted by the symbol  V and its unit is Volt.
  • Potential of 1 Volt at a point means 1 joule of work is done in moving 1 coulomb of positive  charge  from infinity to that point.

Now we will now discuss the more common term i.e. the Electric Potential Difference 

so,  What is Potential Difference

  • The Potential Difference between two points in an electric circuit is defined as the amount of work done in moving an unit charge from one point to other point.
  • Potential difference (V) between two points = Work done (W)/Charge (Q) 
  • V = W/Q
    1 volt = 1 joule /1 coulomb
    1 V = 1 J C–1

Thus, the amount of work W, done in moving the charge is
W = VQ
= 12 V × 2 C= 24 J.

We know that :
Potential difference =Work done/ Charge moved
or V =W/Q
Here, Potential difference, V = 128 – 118 = 10 volts
Work done, W = ? (To be calculated)
And, Charge moved, Q = 2 coulombs
Putting these values in the above formula, we get : 10 =W/2 or W = 10 × 2
Thus, Work done, W = 20 joules

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