What do you think?
• Complete the following statements.
1. “Electricity is…”
2. “Electricity comes from…”
What is it?
• It is NOT just the flow of electrons
– That is one instance of electricity.
• It IS the flow of charged particles.
– Protons (if you can get them by themselves)
– Ions (very common)
• Do electrons flow
• Do positive atoms flow
– When you stick your hand in a light socket
– Inside batteries
• The most common way to “make”
electricity is to boil water.
• This boiled water is steam that turns
• Turning those turbines moves magnets.
• Conserve electricity?
– Electricity is not renewable nor nonrenewable
– The stuff use to generate electricity is.
• We convert other types of energy
(gravitational potential energy, chemical
energy, mechanical energy) into electrical
• Spin magnets inside a coil of wire and you
have electricity (or spin the coil).
– It’s that easy!
• The tough part is making it spin fast and
• The top fuel to boil the water is coal
– Nearly 50% of electricity generated in the US is by
coal power stations.
– Natural gas
– Falling water
– Nuclear fission
Now we have to move it
• It’s very hard to
• We must move it from
the power plant to
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