Top 10 List of Concepts to know!
1. Know how charges can be accumulated to create opposite charges!
2. Know the Laws of electric charge!
3. Know how to use a triboelectric series table?
4. Know how to draw a series and parallel circuit!
5. Know the differences between a series and parallel circuit!
6. Know how to calculate V, I, R in series ad parallel circuit
7. Calculate Power Consumption
8. Know how to describe the technologies involved with static electricity
9. Be able to briefly describe the historical developments of electricity
10. Describe various static electricity apparatus (electrophorus, electroscope, Leyden Jar, Van der Graft generator)

Electricity unit:

Use this page to guide you along with all the necessary items for the Unit.


Unit Project:

  • Build the following:
  • For 60% build both a series and parallel circuit with 3 light bulbs, at least 1 switch, and battery power.
  • For 80% build above plus the loop the loop
  • For 100% build above plus the “Operations” game.


  • Demonstrate by building a series or parallel circuit
  • The Project outlined above

Unit Breakdown

Section 1: Static Electricity

  • Early developments of electricity (Du Fay, Franklin, Volta, Galvani)
  • Describe how static electricity is produced in common materials (include diagrams)
  • Be able to relate the charges established with the atomic model
  • Define static electricity
  • Describe and illustrate the transfer of charges from one object to another
  • Define and differentiate between a conductor and a insulator
  • Define electric discharge
  • Define the Laws of electric charge (opposite charges attract, same charges repel)
  • Be able to describe technologies involving static electricity such as photocopying machines, printers, electrostatic spray painting, lightning etc…
  • Construct and describe how a electrophorus works

Section 2: Current Electricity

  • Define:
    • Electrical potential
    • Electrical current
    • Coulombs
    • Amperes
  • Be able to draw a series circuit with the following objects: bulb, cell, battery, resistors, wires, ammeter, voltmeter, switch and
  • Be able to draw a parallel circuit
  • Be able to differentiate between a series and parallel circuit in terms of electrical potential, current and “brightness of bulbs”.
  • Be able to know how to place a Voltmeter and Ammeter in a circuit
  • Be able to calculate V, I or R in both series and parallel circuit.
  • Provide real life examples of series and parallel circuits
  • Describe how resistance is calculated in a series and parallel circuit
  • Explain the safety components put in place in a household circuit

Section 3: Practical Electricity Calculations

  • Calculate power consumption costs
  • Calculate electrical power as energy per unit time.
  • Provide Various forms of electrical power plants
  • Analyze the electrical energy consumption of a household appliance

Awesome Links related to the Electricity Unit

Static electricity with balloons

John Travoltage

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Electromagnetic generator

Electricity Tutorial Videos

How a photocopier works

Series and Parallel Circuit differences

A playful look at Photocopiers

Electricity 1.1 – Series and parallel circuit calculations

Electricity 1.1 – Series and parallel circuit calculation practice questions