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CBSE Class 10 Physics Revision Notes for Electricity

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Electric Current 

  • Electric current is expressed as the amount of charge flowing through a particular area in unit time.
  •  Quantitatively, electric current is defined as the rate of flow of electric charge.
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  • The S.I. unit of current is ampere (A), where 1 ampere = 1 coulomb/second. 
  • 1 mA = 10−3 A, 1 μA = 10−6
  • The conventional direction of electric current is the one in which positive charges move orderly.

Electric Potential Different

  • Electric potential difference (pd) between two points in an electric circuit, carrying some current, is the amount of work done to move a unit charge from one point to another. 


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  •  The S.I. unit of pd is volt (V), where 1 volt = 1 joule/coulomb.

Electric Circuit

  • A continuous conducting path between the terminals of a source of electricity is called an electric circuit. 
  • A drawing showing the way various electric devices are connected in a circuit is called a circuit diagram. 
  • Some commonly used circuit elements are given below:
 Sr. No. Element Symbol 
1 An electric cell   
2 A battery  
3 Plug key or switch (open)  
4 Plug key or switch (closed)  
5 A wire joint   
6 Wires crossing without joining  
7 Bulb  
8 Resistor  
9 Variable resistor or Rheostat   
10 Ammeter   
11 Voltmeter  


Ohm’s law

  • According to Ohm’s law, the current (I) flowing through a conductor is directly proportional to the potential difference (V) across its ends, provided its physical conditions remain the same.
    V/ I =Constant
    V/ I = R
    V = IR
    where R is a constant of proportionality called resistance of the conductor. 
  • Resistance is the property of a conductor to resist the flow of charges through it. 
  • The S.I. unit of resistance is ohm (Ω).
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  • The resistance of a conductor is directly proportional to its length (l) and inversely proportional to its area of cross section (A). R ∞ l/ A
    R = ρ l/A
    where ρis a constant of proportionality called specific resistance or resistivity of the material of the conductor.
  • The S.I. unit of resistivity is ohm metre (Ωm).


Combination of Resistances
Resistances in Series

  • The current flowing through each resistance is the same. 
  • The potential difference across the ends of the series combination is distributed across the resistances. 
  • The equivalent resistance (Rs) of a series combination containing resistances R1, R2, R3... is Rs 1 2 3 R1+ R2 +R3 + R ...  
  • The equivalent resistance is greater than the greatest resistance in the combination.

Resistances in Parallel

  • The potential difference across each resistance is the same and is equal to the potential difference across the combination. 
  • The main current divides itself, and a different current flows through each resistance. 
  • The equivalent resistance (Rp) of a parallel combination containing resistances R1, R2, R3... is given by
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  • The equivalent resistance is lesser than the least of all the resistances in the combination

Heating Effect of Electric Current

  • The effect of electric current due to which heat is produced in a conductor, when current passes through it, is called the heating effect of electric current. 
  • The total work (W) done by the current in an electric circuit is called electric energy and is given as
    W = VIt = I²Rt
    W = V² t /R
    This energy is exhibited as heat. Thus, we have 2 H VIt I2 Rt. 
  • This is called Joule’s Law of Heating, which states that the heat produced in a resistor is directly proportional to the 
  • Square of the current in the resistor 
  • Resistance of the resistor 
  •  Time for which the current flows through the resistance

Practical Applications of the Heating Effects of Electric Current

  • Electrical appliances like laundry iron, toaster, oven, kettle and heater are some devices based on Joule’s Law of Heating.
  • The concept of electric heating is also used to produce light, as in an electric bulb. 
  • Another application of Joule’s Law of Heating is the fuse used in electric circuits.

Electric Power

  • Electric power is the rate at which electrical energy is produced or consumed in an electric circuit
    P = VI = I²R
    P = V²/R 
  • The S.I. unit of power is watt (W). 
  • One watt of power is consumed when 1 A of current flows at a potential difference of 1 V. 
    The commercial unit of electric energy is kilowatt hour (kWh), commonly known as a unit.  1 kWh = 3.6 MJ 

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