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Electricity

Electricity and magnetism unit

TermDefinition
electric current a flow of electric charges
electric circuit a continuous pathway that can carry an electric current
series circuit an electric circuit with only one path for current
parallel circuit an electric circuit with two or more paths for current
resistance how much a material opposes, or resists, the flow of electric current
short circuit a flaw in a circuit that allows a large current to flow through where it isn't wanted
conductor a material through which heat and electricity flow easily
insulator a material that slows the flow of heat and electricity
static electricity the buildup of electric charges in one place
electric field the area around electric charges, where electric forces can act
electric charge A basic property of the tiny particles that make up matter. Electric charges can be positive and negative.
Created by: hls1873