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Chapter 14 – Electric Current and its effects

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You must have experienced connecting a battery to a torch, and when you switch it on, it glows. It is the simplest example to study the effect of electric current. Here, when we switch on the button, the electrical circuit is complete. Thus, electric current is produced, and the bulb glows. If, for any reason, the wire in the bulb breaks, the electrical circuit is incomplete. Then, the torch would not light.

Electric current and its effects are observed using a toy or a transistor or a TV or any other electrical appliances.

Let us study more about the electric current and its effects.

When multiple cells are combined, it creates a battery

It is a closed connection of wires powered by a cell or a battery, through which electrical current can flow.

Electric componentSymbol
Electric cell
Switch (in on position)
Switch (in off position)
Electric bulb

It is a diagrammatic representation of the electric components connected in the circuit using the electric component’s symbols.

Have you ever touched a bulb that is glowing for some time? Does it feel hot? Yes, it does feel hot.

    • When an electric current flows through a wire connected to the circuit, the wire turns hot. This is the simplest way to observe the heating effect of electric current.
    • The heating effect of electric current is used in many electrical appliances like an oven or an electric heater.
    • The heating effect of electric current depends on the thickness, length, and material of the wire.

A fuse is made up of wires that melts when a large amount of electric current passes through it. It prevents us from the occurrence of any short circuit or fire.

For example, the fuse is used in buildings to protect them from damage when the current exceeds the safe limit. It is also used in every electric circuit to avoid any damage caused by the excessive flow of current through the circuit.

These days people commonly use MCBs (miniature circuit boards) instead of fuse to serve the same purpose. It is a switch that turns off when an excessive current flows in the circuit.

    • Hans Christian Oersted was the first to find the magnetic effect of electric current.
    • When the current is flowing through a wire, and you bring a compass near it, you will observe a needle movement. The larger the current, the more is the deflection seen and vice versa.
    • Simultaneously, if you reverse the current direction in the wire, the magnetic needle also moves in the reverse direction.

When an electric current runs through a wire, it acts like a magnet creating a magnetic field around it. This is the simplest way to understand the magnetic effect of electric current.

The magnetic effect of electric current is used in electric fans, electric bells, loudspeakers, etc.

    • An electromagnet is one of the most critical applications of the magnetic effect of electric current.
    • A coil of wires is used to create an electromagnet. The magnetic field exists when electrical current flows through the wire. It is an artificial magnet.
    • If the electric current does not flow through it, the magnetic field disappears, and it stops acting like a magnet.

For example, an electromagnet is used by doctors to remove any metal particle that has fallen in the eyes of their patients.

Permanent magnetElectromagnet
They are made from a material that is magnetised to have its own magnetic field. An electromagnet is built from a coil of wires.
The magnetic field exists for a longer duration.The magnetic field exists when electric current flows in the wire.
For example, a fridge magnet.For example, an electromagnet is connected at the ends of the crane to lift heavy loads.
    • An electric bell is an application of electromagnets.
    • In an electric bell, there is a coil of wires that serves as an electromagnet.
    • This electromagnet is connected to the hammer through the iron strip.
    • A contact screw is close to the iron strip.
    • When the contact screw touches the iron strip, the circuit is complete, and the electromagnet comes into action.
    • The electromagnet pulls the iron strip, and consequently, the hammer hits the gong producing a sound.
    • As soon as the gong is hit, the contact screw disconnects from the iron strip breaking the circuit. The electromagnet loses its magnetism.
    • Again the iron strip touches the contact screw completing the circuit. Also, the coil of wires acts like an electromagnet. Again, the bell rings. This process continues fewer times until the switch is in the ON position.

This is the working principle of an electric bell.

Everyone must learn about electric current and its effect to understand the basic working principle of many electrical appliances. Also, it is easier to represent the circuit diagram using symbols of the electric component. Whenever electric current flows through any wire, heat and magnetic field is produced.

  1. What are the two effects of electric current?

The two effects of electric current are:

    • Heating effect of electric current.
    • Magnetic effect of electric current.
    1. What are the main effects of electric current?

Whenever current flows through any coil of wires, heat and magnetic field is produced. Thus, heating and magnetic fields created are the main effects of electric current.

  1. What is the electric current?

An electric current is defined as the motion of electrons from a negative terminal to the positive terminal in the circuit. It was earlier considered as the flow of protons from a positive terminal to a negative terminal in the circuit. So as a convention, the electric current is supposed to flow from positive to negative terminals in the circuit.

  1. What is an electric circuit short answer?

An electric circuit is a diagrammatic or schematic representation of the electric elements connected in the circuit using symbols of electric components.

Many times students are often confused between the Heating effect and the Magnetic effect of electric current. At MSVgo, we have video lessons on each topic for a simpler and clear understanding.

High School Physics

  • Alternating Current
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