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Electricity, What is It?
A Very Different Explanation !
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Volts - The speed in which the electron movement is occurring / force (Electromotive force [emf]) applied to kick the atoms butt to get the electrons moving.
Amps - The volume (number) of electrons being moved.
Resistance - Sometimes the Enemy - trying to restrict the movement of electrons.
Watts - Power consumption which is Amps x Volts, basically measuring the amount of electrons needed in a certain time period. For example...
a) A 240 volts [electron
movement speed] times 10 amps [the volume (number) of
electrons being moved]
These will both compute to the same number of Watts because it is the same number of electrons are passing a specific spot in a given time period.
Conductor wires why they must be a certain thickness....
Now for electrons to move they must move somewhere and the rings around an atom can only hold so many electrons. So for a atom that dislodges it outer ring electron into the next atom, that next atom in turn must dislodge its outer ring electron into the next atom. But what happens when it runs out of conducting atoms? Well the movement of electrons has to stop because it has run out of places to go. In order for the movement of electrons to continue it must have a return path to origin rather that be through earth ground or by wire the very first atom that had its outer ring atom dislodged must have it replaced with another electron.
Just like a water hose that has pressure applied with water ready to escape when a opening appears in the hose. While pressure (force) exists in a wire it is instantly ready to push the movement of electrons as soon a return connection pathway is made.
Volts is like the amount of pressure or force being applied resulting in the speed of the electrons being moved.
How that force (power generation) happens and how it connected to your home is covered in the article called 'Generation / Distribution Grid'
Written: June 23, 2013
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