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Chapter 3 – Current Electricity

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Electric current is an important concept that explains the passing of energy. The article will talk about current electricity and the factors that influence it.

Current electricity is a fundamental concept for students to understand how electricity works and the factors that affect the flow of electricity.  Here, we touch upon Ohm’s Law and resistivity along with the basics of current electricity.

Current per unit time is referred to as the passage of charge through an area. A closed-circuit is vital for a steady flow of electricity. Current electricity talks about the dynamic nature of electricity. The electric charge comes from an external source that moves to a higher potential from a lower potential. Electromotive force refers to the work done by a unit charge to move the charge.

The Ohm’s Law states that the electric current that flows through a substance is directly proportional to the voltage present across ends. This electricity is carried by negatively charged particles, known as electrons. In some cases, these particles are also known as ionic crystals, electrolytic liquid, etc.

Ohm’s Law: Voltage = current x resistance.

Some drawbacks of Ohm’s Law are:

  • The voltage depends on the current. This relationship is non-linear, and it fails.
  • The relationship between voltage and current is directly dependent on the sign of the voltage.
  • Also, there is no unique relationship between current and voltage.

There are specific rules that govern current electricity. Some of the laws are:

  • If the sum of all the charges around the closed-loop is taken into consideration, the sum would be zero.
  • When we take the bonding point of a circuit, the sum current entering the circuit would be equal to the sum of current leaving the same circuit.

Resistance refers to the hindrances present in the electrical circuit that oppose the flow of current. It is measured in Ohms. Ohms is symbolised by the Greek symbol of Omega. With more resistance, the flow of electrons is reduced. If a material offers low resistance, the negatively charged particles can easily move through the substance. The resistance depends on the following 2 factors:

  1. The material of the conductor.
  2. The dimensions of the conductor.

Resistivity is the electrical resistance of a conductor. It talks about the resistance of a unit cross-sectional area and a unit length. The SI unit of resistance is Ohm meters. It is defined in terms of the magnitude of the electric field and the magnitude of current density which is measured in ampere per square metres. Materials like copper, silver, which are generally used as conductors have a low resistivity. However, in the case of insulators, the resistance is relatively high, thus obstructing the flow of electric current. These insulators include water, wood, etc.

Temperature Dependence of Resistivity is an established phenomenon. Given below are some of the factors on which resistivity depends:

  • Length: The length of the wire plays a significant role. When the length of the wire is increased, the resistivity of the substance tends to increase.
  • Thickness: When the thickness of the wire is increased, the resistivity of the substance is brought down.
  • Temperature: An increase in temperature is known to increase the resistivity of the medium, hence hindering the free flow of electrons.

Origin of Resistivity

Resistivity comes into picture when current is passed through the substance. Due to this current, the drift of electrons takes place, which influences resistivity; the particles suffer collisions bringing resistivity into the picture. Also, the drift velocity’s direction to the conduction electrons will always be opposite to the electric field direction.


A  noteworthy phenomenon, Superconductivity is observed when the electric current moves through a substance without facing any electrical resistance. This is a situation of perfect efficiency as the current gets passed from one point to another without any resistance. This also means that the velocity of electricity is not disrupted and there is no loss of energy that takes place on the way from one point to another point of the circuit.

The device used for measuring the potential difference between two points is known as the potentiometer.

Alternatively, this device can also be effectively used to measure the internal resistance that is present in a circuit. Also, it helps in measuring the difference between two points within the circuit.

Current Electricity - Potentiometer
  1. Series
    In case of a series circuit, the resistors are connected in a series, i.e. beside each other. Here, the output from one resistor immediately becomes the input current of another resistor. All these are connected in a line.
  2. Parallel
    In the case of parallel resistors or resistors connected in parallel, each resistor experiences the same drop in the electricity. These resistors are connected but on different sides. Here, the current flowing through different resistors can be different. The voltage remains the same, but the electricity flow differs in all the resistors connected parallelly.


There is a sequential flow of electricity when the resistors are connected in a series. There is only one path that is followed by the electricity. However, in the case of the parallel circuits, electricity gets divided into different paths and flows separately across channels.

Understanding the concept of current electricity is essential to learn how electricity flows from one point to another. Also, another critical aspect of it is it will help you in building circuits. Electric current is a free charge that moves from a body of higher potential to a body having low potential. Learn more concepts on electricity with real life examples on the MSVgo app.

High School Physics

  • Alternating Current
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  • Dual nature of Radiation and Matter
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  • Absorption and Movement of Water in Plants
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  • Water: A Precious Resource
  • Weather, Climate And Adaptations Of Animals To Climate
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  • Addition
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  • Subtraction
  • Tables And Shares
  • Tenths and Hundredths
  • Time
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