Flicking on the Switch a discrepant Event Grade 6 Science Cluster 3


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Flicking on the Switch A Discrepant Event

  • Grade 6 Science Cluster 3

  • Created by: Kimberley Corneillie


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  • Many believed that such electrical currents would bring the dead back to life. This is why Mary Shellye’s famous story of Frankenstein, is brought to life by a massive electric shock from a bolt of lightening…



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  • But people can’t be brought back to life this way so lets continue about why the frog’s legs twitched without a charge

  • Alessandro Volta discovered that the electricity came from the chemical reaction between the metal and the metal hook on which the legs hung. Knowing this, Volta made the first battery in 1800…



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  • Batteries create a current chemically

  • What is a current?

    • Imagine a row of marbles and you flick one hard, and the marble at the far end of the table shoots off. In any material that conducts electricity well, the marbles, properly called, electrons, move and hit the next one in line passing the electric current through the circuit creating electricity.


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  • So from frog legs to batteries…



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  • Circuits can be controlled by the flick of a switch. Much like when you turn on and off your bedroom light.

  • Switches interrupt the electron flow without you physically touching the wire…..



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  • There are many different types of switches: toggle, rotary, pushbutton, "rocker", "pull-chain", slide, magnetic, all which assist you in stopping the electron flow temporarily.



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  • Lets Review

    • Alessandro Volta realized that the brass hooks on the which the frog legs hung were reacting chemically with an iron stand to create an electric current.
    • Volta made the first battery in 1800
    • Electrons, like marbles, move and hit the next one in line passing the electric current through the circuit creating electricity.
    • Two things are required to make a electric current flow:
      • Do you remember what they are?


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      • An unbroken path or circuit
      • A driving force to push the electrons that carry the charge around the circuit – usually from a battery


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  • Circuits need 3 main elements:

    • A conductor through with the current flows – usually are copper wire and other metals
    • A load, which is the equipment being powered
    • An energy source, such as the battery


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  • Circuits can be controlled by the flick of a switch. Much like when you turn on and off your bedroom light.

  • Switches interrupt the electron flow without you physically touching the wire…. because if you did the results could be deadly.



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  • At this time producers, of “Flicking on the Switch” would like to state that at no time were any Muppets hurt during the making of this presentation.

  • Credits to:

  • How Science Works - Readers Digest - Hann, Judith. 1991 Google Images - www.google.ca http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter04.html

  • http://www.1728.com/project2.htm




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