Electric Current and its Effects: Class 7 Science NCERT Chapter 14

Key Features Of NCERT Material for Class 7 Science Chapter 14 –  Electric Current and Its Effects

In the last chapter 13, you all learned about Motion and Time. In this chapter, you will learn about Electric Current and its Effect.

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The most helpful wellspring of vitality is power. Power has a significant job since it is utilized to run numerous electrical apparatuses like an electric bulb, TV, a sound system, cooler, clothes washer, PCs, and so forth., and we can’t think our existence without utilizing power. 

Power is created at power stations from where it is brought to our homes through the slight wire and electric posts systems or underground links (or wires). Here, we can characterize the electric flow as of the progression of power through a conveyor (wires, links). 

As a matter of fact, in regular day to day existence, the word power and electric flow are utilized in a similar sense. There is another wellspring of power, for example electric cell or battery. Presently, so as to get power from a cell or battery, we need to associate it into a circuit. In this way, let us learn about the electric circuit. 

Electric Circuits 

A nonstop leading way (comprising of wires, bulb, switch, and so on.) between the two terminals of a cell or battery alongside an electric flow streams, is known as an electric circuit. 

for example take a cell having a positive terminal (+) and a negative terminal (- ). Presently attempt to associate the positive terminal of the cell to one finish of the switch with a bit of copper wire and different closures of the change to one finish of bulb holder with another bit of copper wire. 

The negative terminal of the cell is associated straightforwardly to the opposite finish of the bulb holder with a wire (as appeared in the figure), so this sort of arrangement is known as an electric circuit. 


Circuit Diagram 

A circuit graph discloses to us how the different segments in an electric circuit have been associated by utilizing the electrical images of the segments. 

(I) When the bulb sparkles In an electric circuit when the switch is shut, at that point the switch is supposed to be in the ON position. Furthermore, when the switch in a circuit is open, at that point the switch is supposed to be in the OFF position. Along these lines, in an electric circuit, a bulb illuminates just when the switch is in the ON position and around then, we can say that the electric circuit is finished on the grounds that the flow streams all through the circuit immediately (as appeared in the figure) electric circuit 

(ii) When the bulb doesn’t sparkle While checking the circuit notice that occasionally the bulb doesn’t shine in any event, when the switch is in the ON position. This condition can happen just if the bulb gets combined, for example its fiber breaks. It is a troublesome and tedious activity to draw the electric circuit by making the real drawings of cell, battery, switch, bulb, and so on.


Along these lines, the researchers have concocted a simple method to speak to the part of an electric circuit (cell, battery, switch, bulb, and so forth.) with the assistance of images, which are anything but difficult to draw. 

A portion of the normally utilized images for electric parts are appeared here: 


Electric Cell and Battery 

The basic wellspring of power to run the quantity of gadgets, for example lights, radio, electric tickers and watches, toys, and so forth., is an electric cell, however here and there a solitary cell isn’t adequate to run numerous gadgets as they require high voltage to run every one of these apparatuses. The cell gives substantially less power when contrasted with that gave by the electric flexibly line, for example for the situation, a solitary electric cell which gives just 1.5 V of power, though power from the force station is provided to our home at high voltage of 220 V. 

Mix of Electric Cells 

Since the higher voltage can be gotten by joining various cells in arrangement. Along these lines, when the positive terminal of one cell is gotten together with the negative terminal of the other cell, at that point the cells are supposed to be participated in arrangement (as appeared in figure given underneath). Along these lines, a battery can be characterized as the gathering of cells consolidated in the arrangement, for example in a light, the cells are put in a steady progression. However, in numerous gadgets, cells are not set consistently, for example in a TV controller, the two cells are put one next to the other (or corresponding to one another) rather than single one. Along these lines, at least two cells associated in next to each other way are supposed to be participated in equal. This blend is otherwise called battery. 


On the off chance that we consolidate two cells by keeping the positive terminal of one cell in contact with the positive terminal of the other cell or negative terminal of one cell in contact with the negative terminal of the other cell, at that point the battery acquired won’t work. 

The batteries which are utilized in vehicles, transports, trucks, inverters, and so on., are additionally made of cells. There is a unique component of vehicle battery is that its cells can be energized. Conventional cells, be that as it may, can’t be revived. 

Association of Cells/Battery 

‘+’ and ‘- ‘ images are imprinted in the battery so as to have a definite situation of the cells in their individual battery compartment. 

The switch or key can be set anyplace in the circuit. 

The circuit is finished and it is supposed to be shut just when the switch is ON. 

The circuit is fragmented and it is supposed to be open, just when the switch is OFF. 

There is a slender wire in the bulb, called fiber which sparkles when an electric flow goes through it. Thus, on the off chance that the bulb gets combined, at that point its fiber gets broken. 

Note: Never contact a lit electric bulb associated with the mains as it might be hot and can harm your hands. 

Warming Effect of Electric Current 

Creation of warmth in an electric gadget because of the progression of electric flow is known as the warming impact of electric flow. We have seen an electric warmer utilized for cooking, an electric bulb or room radiator. Thus, when these apparatuses are turned ON subsequent to associating with the electric gracefully, at that point their components become super hot and delivery the warmth. This occurs because of the warming impact of electric flow. 

How much a material contradicts the entry of current through itself is known as its obstruction. All things considered, when an electric flow goes through a high obstruction wire, the electric vitality gets changed over into heat vitality and this warmth vitality warms up the wire. 


All electrical warming gadgets comprise of a loop of wire called a component. At the point when these apparatuses are turned ON subsequent to interfacing with the electric flexibly, at that point their components become super hot and delivery the warmth. There are some electric apparatuses, for example, inundation radiators, hotplates, irons, fountains, electric pots, hair dryers, and so on., which have components inside them. 

Elements on Which the Heating Effect of Current Depends 

There are two elements on which the warming impact of current depends: 

(I) Resistance of wire: Greater the obstruction of a wire, more prominent will be the warmth created in it by guaranteed current, for example in the event that we pick two wires, one of copper and other is nichrome of equivalent length and equivalent thickness and pass them the equivalent measure of current through them for a similar term, at that point we will see that nichrome wire will get more sultry in contrast with the copper wire. It is because of the explanation that the opposition of nichrome wire is more than that of the copper wire. 

That is the reason the nichrome wire is utilized to make warming components of electric warming apparatuses, for example, electric room radiator, electric iron, and so on. The opposition of a wire relies upon the material of the wire, length of wire and thickness of the wire. 

(ii) Magnitude of current went through a given wire: If the greatness of current went through a given wire is more prominent, at that point the warmth delivered in it will likewise be more noteworthy, for example in the event that a typical measure of flow moves through the copper wires of family unit electric wiring, at that point the wires don’t turn out to be a lot of hot yet on the off chance that a huge flow streams in a similar wiring inadvertently, at that point the wires become very hot and a fire might be begun. 

Uses of the Heating Effect of Current 

A portion of the significant uses of warming impact of electric flow are 

For the creation of light, the warming impact of electric flow is used in the electric bulbs. 

For the working of electrical warming machines, for example, water warmer, electric room radiator, electric iron, and so forth., the warming impact of electric momentum is used. 


Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

Smaller Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) 

An electric bulb is essentially utilized for delivering light however it likewise delivers the warmth which isn’t alluring on the grounds that a significant aspect of the power devoured by the fiber of a bulb is changed over into warmth and results in the wastage of power. Along these lines, this wastage can be diminished by utilizing fluorescent cylinder light or CFLs (as appeared in the figure) instead of the bulbs. 

Nonetheless, before buying bulbs, tubes orCFL’s we should search for the ISI marl? (ISI-Bureau of Indian norm). It is on the grounds that the ISI mark guarantees that the apparatus is protected and wastage of vitality is least. 

Electric Fuse 


A security gadget which deals with the warming impact of flow and forestalls electric flames or harm to electrical machines because of unnecessary progression of flow is known as the breaker. This security gadget comprises of a short length of a slim wire of tin plated copper having a low softening point and this wire has an a lot more noteworthy opposition than the remainder of the electric wiring in the house. 

Thus, because of this, in the event that the flow in the electric wiring unexpectedly increments to an extreme, at that point the breaker wire gets warmed, at that point it melts and breaks the circuit which implies that the flow streaming in the family circuit will stop. This forestalls fire in the house and furthermore the harm of different electrical apparatuses like cooler, fans, tube lights, TV, and so on. At the point when a breaker gets blown (breaks), another wire must be fitted in its place so as to reestablish the power flexibly in the family circuit. 

Note: We ought not utilize a thick wire as a breaker wire since it will have low obstruction and accordingly it won’t get warmed to its liquefying point ‘ when an enormous current goes through it. 

Reason for Large Current Flow in Household Electric Wiring 

A very enormous flow can stream in the family electric wiring circuits under two conditions over-burdening and short out. We may have perused reports in the paper about flames brought about by shortcircuits and over-burdening. Presently, we should contemplate these two terms.

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