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Dyches 5th Science

Vocabulary #7

TermDefinition
Electrical Current The flow of electrons through a current or path. Will produce light, heat or sound.
Static Electricity Electric charge that builds up on an object and instead of flowing as a current, it creates a spark.
Circuit A closed path that electrons flow through made up of a source, path, switch and resistor.
Source/Cell Electricity from a battery, solar, cell, fossil fuels or wind generators.
Path A wire that a current flows through.
Switch Turns a circuit on and off.
Resistor/Load The object you want to work such as lights, tv, iphone.
Series Circuit An electric circuit in which electrons have only one path to take. If one light is out or is removed, they all go out.
Parallel Circuit A circuit where the electrons have many paths to take. If one light is removed, the other lights will still work and will get brighter.
Open Circuit An electric circuit in which electrons cannot pass due to a break in the path.