Physics 18: 7-10 Alternating Current
Text Reading: Giancoli, Physics - Principles with Applications, Chapter 18: Sections 7 to 10
- 18.7 Alternating current sources cycle the direction in which the current flows. Voltage amplitude varies with time as a sine wave, V = V0sin 2πft. Again, we can substitute this into expressions for I = V/R and P = I2R. Over time between maximum and minimum, sin (any angle) fluctuates between 0 and 1, so the average of any of these will be 1/2 the maximum based on V0: Paverage = 1/2 (V02)/R. The value Vroot mean square = sqrt (1/2 V02).
- 18.8 While electrons may have high speeds, they do not move consistently in one direction along a wire but collide with stationary atoms and each other. As a result, their net forward motion or drift velocity is less than their actual speed. I = ΔQΔt = neAvd.
- 18.9 At low temperatures, stationary molecules vibrate less, and the number of collisions for moving electrons becomes less (resistance decreases). Drift velocity increases so that the net result is a kind of superconductivity.
- 18.10 The human nervous system is an electrical network. Signals occur when the potential difference across a neuron membrane climbs above a minimum limit (the action potential) and triggers a chemical reaction that carries the charge along the surface of the cell, or between the segments of an axon.
Read the following weblecture before chat: Alternating Current and Electrical Power
Use a graphic calculator, a tool such as Mac's Grapher, such as the one at Desmos.
- Enter an equation in the form y = sin 2πt and graph it. This is essentially the same as V = V0 sine 2πf0t, when V0 = 1 and f0 = 1.
- Now vary the equation by adding a different period, instead of 2 πt, enter 2 π2t. What happens?
- Now vary the equation by adding a different period, instead of 2 πt, enter 2 π(1/2)t. What happens?
- Now vary the equation by adding a different maximum value for V0, such as 2 or 3. What happens?
- How does changing the maximum voltage on an AC circuit change the behavior of current on the circuit?
- How does changing the oscillation period on the AC circuit change the behavior of the circuit?
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