At the completion of this topic, students should be able to:

explain the following terms: charge, static electricity, current electricity, conductors, insulators, charging by friction/contact/induction, an electrical earth, electrical discharge through air.

explain the differences between charging an insulator and charging a conductor.

describe the interaction of objects with like charges and objects with unlike charges.

describe a Van de Graaf generator and some charge experiments you can do with it.

describe an electroscope and some charge experiments you can do with it.

give the symbol, unit and definition for the following circuit quantities: charge, electric current, voltage, resistance, power.

explain what is meant by the terms: direction of conventional current, series, parallel.

recognise and draw the circuit symbols for common circuit components.

describe how current and voltage are measured.

explain the similarities and differences in the way ammeters and voltmeters are used.

correctly read the scales on ammeters and voltmeters.

state what DC stands for and explain what it means.

draw circuit diagrams for real circuits and from circuit descriptions.

construct circuits correctly from circuit diagrams.

explain the rules for current and voltage in series and parallel circuits.

explain Ohm’s Law.

solve problems using the equations: V = IR, P = IV, P = E/t, RSERIES = R1 + R2 + R3

explain what is meant by the term magnetic field.

describe the magnetic field pattern around: permanent magnets, the Earth, currents, coils.

state the symbol and unit for magnetic field strength.

correctly use the right-hand grip rule to determine the magnetic field direction around a current.

describe some uses for an electromagnet (solenoid).

describe how the magnetic field of a current varies with the distance from the current and the size of the current.

solve problems using the equation: B =kI/d

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