P2: Current Electricity (Circuits)

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Resistor A fixed resistor limits the
current in a circuit
Variable Resistor A variable resistor allows the
current to be varied
Lamp An indicator is designed to emit
light as a signal when a current
passes through it or as a light
Fuse A fuse is designed to melt and
therefore break the circuit if the
current through it is greater than
a certain amount
Voltmeter A voltmeter is used to measure
potential difference (voltage)
Ammeter An ammeter is used to
measure current
Thermistor…read more

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Potential Difference and Current
The potential difference across a component in a circuit is
measured in volts (V) using a voltmeter connected in parallel
across the component.
The current flowing through a component in a circuit is measured
in amperes (A) using an ammeter connected in series.…read more

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The current through
depends on its
resistance. The
greater the resistance the smaller the current for a given potential
difference across the component.…read more


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