How Electricity Works

Submitted by reb on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 16:56
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Introduction

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* This is not professional advice.
* This article explains the very basics of electricity and how humans utilize it.
* This article is simply Royce Barber's notes. 
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What is Electricity

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How Does Electricity Work

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Quotes about Electricity

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Generating Electricity

* Power plants, accidental, natural. 


Electricity in Circuit Boards

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Batteries and Storing Electricity

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History of Electricity Timeline

A lot of Timeline info from: http://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/britishenergy/14-16/index.html
* Electricity has been around forever and will likely be around forever.
* * 600BC: Static Electricity discovered. A Greek named Thales noticed rubbing amber and silk, would attract feathers and light objects. 
* 1600: William Gilbert first described the Earth's magnetic field, and that magnets are related to magnetism. Invented the term electricity.
* 1705: Francis Hauksbee invented Neon Light. Placing mercury into a glass, pumping out the air and spinning it, then rubbed it with his bare hand.
* 1752: Benjamin Franklin, a U.S. politician, proved lightning is electricity. Flying a kite in a thunderstorm.
* 1700's: Wimhurst Machine invented. Used to produce static electricity easily and reliably. Two plates rotating in opposite directions. Collecting the charge in a comb-like device. Producing four inch sparks, and 50,000 Volts.
* 1780: Luigi Galvani discovered that dead frog leg muscles twitch with a bit of electricity.
* 1800: Volta invented the battery. Using pure silver and zinc discs, sandwiched between muslin damped in a salt solution. Developed from Galvani's earlier experiments.
* 1800: Sir Humphry Davy discovered Electrolysis. Decomposing some substances by passing an electric current through them. Leading to the discovery of many elements including magnesium, calcium, strontium, and barium.
* 1820: Hans Christian Oersted discovered magnetic fields. Electricity through a wire, effects the needle of a nearby compass.
* Michael Faraday discovered when a magnet is moved within a copper wire coil, a tiny electrical current travels through the wire. Eventually leading to the discovery of electric motors.
* 1821: Thomas Johann Seebeck discovered Thermo-electricity
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Terminology

* Volts
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Upcoming Inventions

What We Don't Know

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Internet Resources

* Wikipedia Electricity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity
* Wikipedia Electric Motor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_motor
* Wikipedia Electron: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron
* Wikipedia Electromagnetism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetism
* Wikipedia Lightning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning
* Wikipedia Power Station: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_station
* Wikipedia Static Electricity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Static_electricity
* Wikipedia Electric Machine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_machine
* Wikipedia Transistor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transistor
* Wikipedia Electronic Circuit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_circuit
* Wikipedia Catagory of Electric Power: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Electric_power
* Wikipedia Category of Electrical Engineering: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Electrical_engineering

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