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VCE unit 3 electricity

magnetic flux

·B=mag­netic field strength (T)
·A=area perpen­dicular to the magnetic field (m²)
·Φ=mag­netic flux (Wb)

Faraday's Law

ε=EMF(V), N=number of turns in coil
·(∆Φ/∆t) is the derivative of Φ with respect to time.
·ε graph should be negative when Φ-t graph has +ve gradient
·ε graph should be positive when Φ-t graph has -ve gradient

Lenz's Law

An induced current will flow in a direction such that the magnetic field created by the current will oppose the change in flux that induced the current.
Right Hand coil rule:
·thumb: direction of induced magnetic field
·fingers: direction of induced current

generators and altern­ators

f=freq­uency (Hz), T=period of revolu­tion(s) - time taken to complete a full cycle
*max ε when coil is parallel to magnetic field, ie. greatest rate of change
*DC current can only be produced in presence of a split ring commutator
Alternator (AC): sinusoidal
DC generator: modulus of AC

electr­icity recap

V=I·R - V(V), I(A), R(Ω)
Psupply=V·I - also: power rating
Power (W) is the rate of change of energy with respect to time
P=∆E/∆t - gradient of E-t graph
series circuit:
·current (I) is the same through the whole circuit
·flow: from positive to negative terminal
·total resistance (RT) is the sum of individual resist­ances: R1+R2+…
·total voltage supplied to a circuit must be equal to the total voltage used around the circuit (sum of voltage drops): Vsupply=V1+V2+…

Transf­ormers, comparing AC and DC

VRMS=Vpeak/√2 , IRMS=Ipeak/√2
Pavg= VRMS⋅IRMS = IRMS²⋅R = VRMS²/R - avg power delivered by sinusoidal signal
when V1>V2: Step-down transf­ormer
when V1<V2: Step-up transf­ormer
*trans­formers will not work for converting a DC voltage

Transm­ission of power (Power systems)

Power loss:
Voltage drop:
·almost all wires have some resistance
·as electr­icity passes through the wires, it causes them to heat up, resulting in power loss, and a decrease in the voltage that is available at the load.

High voltage transm­ission

·we can reduce power loss by lowering the current in the line
·we can keep the same supply power by increasing the supply voltage
·this is done using transf­ormers.


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