11 Facts About Electricity


Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and motion of matter that has a property of electric charge.

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Electricity is related to magnetism, both being part of the phenomenon of electromagnetism, as described by Maxwell's equations.

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Electricity is at the heart of many modern technologies, being used for:.

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Electricity coined the New Latin word electricus to refer to the property of attracting small objects after being rubbed.

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Electricity explained the apparently paradoxical behavior of the Leyden jar as a device for storing large amounts of electrical charge in terms of electricity consisting of both positive and negative charges.

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Electricity had discovered electromagnetism, a fundamental interaction between electricity and magnetics.

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Electricity generation is often done by a process of converting mechanical energy to electricity.

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Electricity can be supplied by chemical sources such as electric batteries or by other means from a wide variety of sources of energy.

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Electricity could moreover prove that such a wave would necessarily travel at the speed of light, and thus light itself was a form of electromagnetic radiation.

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Electricity is a very convenient way to transfer energy, and it has been adapted to a huge, and growing, number of uses.

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Electricity is used within telecommunications, and indeed the electrical telegraph, demonstrated commercially in 1837 by Cooke and Wheatstone, was one of its earliest applications.

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