electricity Experiments

Electricity Experiments

Electricity Experiments archive is ordered in this category. Electricity is all around us. It is powering our cell phones, computers, lights, televisions, radios and air conditioners. It is hard to live and tough to escape it in our modern world. You can find it in nature. Obvious example is the lightning in a thunderstorm or in the synapses inside our body. We are so connected with electricity but do we know what exactly electricity is? This is a very complicated question. Deeper you get and ask more questions; sooner or later you will find out that there really is not a definitive answer.

You can find only abstract representations of how electricity interacts with our surroundings. One of most common ways to imagine electricity is to imagine water current. This certainly helps to some point while doing some electricity experiments. Electricity is a force caused by electric charge. It is a form of energy which we use to power machines and electrical devices. When the charges are not moving, electricity is called static electricity. When the charges are moving they are an electric current, sometimes called dynamic electricity. Lightning is the most obvious kind of electricity in nature but sometimes static electricity causes things to stick together. We wouldn’t have any knowledge about electricity if we wouldn’t do electricity experiments.

The first electricity experiments provide us with electric battery which was developed by Alessandro Volta about 200 years ago but it didn’t have any impact on lifestyle of people living in those times. If we look back over 100 years ago, fireplaces and pot-belly stoves kept homes warm, kerosene lamps and candles give homes light and food was kept cooled in iceboxes or underground storage cellars. That was life before we began generating electricity. Now we are producing it more and more as demand goes up. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, electricity consumption will increase by 51% from 2002 to 2025.

Why don’t birds that are sitting on a power line get electrocuted? If a bird sits on just one power line it is safe.  However if it touches another line with a wing or foot, it creates a circuit and the electricity will flow through its body from one line to the other, causing electrocution.