Applied Science AQA/Electric Circuits

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Setting Applied contextEdit

Electric circuits are found in a huge number of devices. Electrical and electronic engineers are able to alter the properties of an electrical circuit by adding different components.

Syllabus Content What you need to do
•    calculating current, voltage, power and resistance in a range of electrical circuits

•    calculating the heating effect of a current

•    the formulas: 

I = Q/t 

P = IV  I = V/R 

rate of heat loss = I 2 R

•    the behaviour of electric current, voltage and resistance in series and parallel circuits

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Circuit SymbolsEdit

Circuit Symbols

The circuit symbols that will be used in learning and the production of a circuit are the following picture on the left. This doesn't include the light dependent resistor (LDR), light independent resistor (LIR) or the thermistor.

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Calculating : I, V, P, Q, R.Edit

The way that you calculate Current or I, is to use the equation; Q/t (Q being charge, t being time).

An example could be if a hairdryer has a current of 300A and is active for 30 secs, the hairdryer would have a charge of 10c or coulombs.

For Power or P you will use the equation; I*V (I is Current, V is volts).

An example of this would be, a hairdryer uses 300A and 150V.

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