Current Electricity Class 12 Notes

This is the complete note of Current Electricity Class 12 for all students of CBSE and BSE with all board of education.


Electric Potential 

The amount of work done in bringing unit positive charge at a point is called as potential at that point.

Electric potential = work done/charge = Joule/coulomb = volt. The Unit of electric potential is volt (v).

current electricity class 12 notes

Potential difference (p.d). It is equal to the work done in moving a unit positive charge from one point to another point.

Electric potential and potential difference are physically similar quantities having a common unit of a volt. Electric potential determines the direction of flow of charge from one conductor to another conductor or from one point to another point through a conductor.

Electrons (e) flow from lower potential to higher potential. Electric potential and the potential difference can be positive and negative depending upon the nature of the electric charge.

Read More Electric Field – Definition, Formula, unit, Direction, Field lines

Electric Current

The amount of electric charge flowing through any cross-section per unit time is known as electric


[latexpage]Electric Current $(1)=\frac{\text { Ch arg e }(\mathrm{Q})}{\text { Time }(\mathrm{t})}$ or $\mathrm{I}=\frac{\mathrm{Q}}{\mathrm{t}}$[latexpage]

Unit of electric current is Ampere (A).

1 Ampere =, conventionally, the electric current flows from higher to lower potential against the flow of electrons.

 Ohm’s Law 

The current flowing through a conductor is directly proportional to the potential difference across the ends of the conductor provided the temperature and other physical conditions of the conductor remain the same.

The potential difference (V) $\mu$ Electric current (I). or, 

pot. diff. $(V)=$ constant $(R) \times$ Electric current $(1) .$ or $V=I R$

Where $R=\frac{V}{I}=a$. constant for a conductor known as resistance. ohm (W) is the unit of resistance. 

The resistance of a conductor is its ability to oppose the flow of current. For a conductor, the resistance $R=\delta \frac{l}{A},$ where $1=$ length of conductor. $A=$ area of cross-section of the conductor. $r=$ resistivity of the conductor.

Resistivity (r) of a conductor is a constant. Resistivity is dependent on the nature of the material used in conductor.

Conductivity $(\mathrm{C})=\frac{1}{\operatorname{Re} \operatorname{sis} \tan \operatorname{ce}(\mathrm{R})}=\frac{1}{\mathrm{ohm}}=\mathrm{ohm}^{-1}=\mathrm{mho}$

Conductivity $(K)=\frac{1}{\operatorname{Re} \operatorname{sis} \tan \operatorname{ce}(\delta)}=\frac{1}{\operatorname{ohm} \times \text { meter }}=\operatorname{ohm}^{-1} \times \mathrm{m}^{-1}$

Combination of Resistance

When two or more resistance are arranged in series i.e, in a common path of flow of current, the net resistance is equal to the sum of individual resistance. Hence, in series, the net resistance becomes larger. For two resistances $\mathrm{R}_{1} \& \mathrm{R}_{2}: \mathrm{R}_{\mathrm{s}}=\mathrm{R}_{1}+\mathrm{R}_{2}>\mathrm{R}_{1}$ or $\mathrm{R}_{2}$.

When two or more resistances are arranged in parallel. between two common noints of the different paths of the flow of current, the reciprocal of the total resistance is equal to the sum of inverse of individual resistances. Hence, in parallel, the net resistance becomes smaller. 

For two resistances $\mathrm{R}, \& \mathrm{R}$, in parallel, $\frac{1}{\mathrm{R}_{\mathrm{p}}}=\frac{1}{\mathrm{R}_{1}}+\frac{1}{\mathrm{R}_{2}}$ or $\mathrm{R}_{\mathrm{p}}=\frac{\mathrm{R}_{1} \mathrm{R}_{2}}{\mathrm{R}_{1}+\mathrm{R}_{2}}<\mathrm{R}_{1}$ or $\mathrm{R}_{2}$

EMF (electromotive force) of a cell or battery: It is equal to the potential difference that happened then electrodes when the current is not drawn out from the cell.

Heating Effect of Current

When an electric current flows through a conductor an om produced.

Joule’s Law of Heating Effect : $\mathrm{H}=\mathrm{I}^{2} \mathrm{Rt}=\mathrm{Vlt}=\frac{\mathrm{v}^{2} \mathrm{t}}{\mathrm{R}}$

where $\mathrm{H}=$ amount of heat product.

I = amount of current in the conductor. 

R=resistance of the conductor.

V= Potential difference across a conductor.

t= time interval for which current is supplied.

 Since heat is the form of energy, hence, the heat produced due to the flomes

consumed in a given electrical circuit. Thus, the net Electrical energy $=\left.\right|^{2} R t=V I T=\frac{v^{2}}{R} t$

Electrical power $=\frac{\text { Electrical energy }}{\text { time }}=\mathrm{I}^{2} \mathrm{R}=\mathrm{VI} \frac{\mathrm{v}^{2}}{\mathrm{R}}$

Electric Bulb 

An electric bulb has a tungsten filament enclosed in a glass envelope filled with inert gases like argon. Tungsten filament has a very high melting point and resistivity passing electric current, it produces heat and light. 

Electric Iron (Electric press), Heater, Geyser, Toaster & Immersion Rod.

These heating appliances have Nichrome (an alloy of nickel, iron, and chromium) wire as a heating element. Nichrome has a high melting point, resistivity, and malleability and it does not oxidize in air easily. On passing current, it gets heated up. 

Carbon Arc Lamp 

 It consists of two carbon rods as the electrodes separated by a smaller air gap. When a high potential difference is applied across the rods, a spark jumps across the air-gap due to ionization of air $\&$ a very bright light is emitted by the gap. This light is called an arc-light. The carbon arc lamp is used in electric welding. Searchlights and cinema projectors. 

Electric Fuse Wire 

Usually it is an alloy of tin $(63 \%) \&$ lead $(37 \%)$. It has high resistance and a low melting point. It is connected in series with the electrical installations. All of a sudden. If a strong current flows, the fuse wire melts away, causing breakage in the circuit, thereby saving the main installations from being damaged. Thus, it is capable of saving costly appliances. 

Chemical Effect of Electric Current


When an amount of electric current is passed through a solution or melt of an electrolyte, the electrolyte dissociates into positive ions (cations) and negative ions (anions). The cation gets deposited at the negative electrode (cathode) and the anion gets deposited at the positive electrode (anode). This phenomenon is known as electrolysis. Electrolysis is explained by Faraday’s laws of electrolysis. Faraday constant $(F)=96500$ coulomb/gram equivalent = charge on one mole of electrons. Electrolysis involves direct current (d.c) only and not a.c. 

Applications of Electrolysis

Electroplating :

The process of depositing a layer of precious metal like gold, silver, nickel, and chromium over cheap metals like iron and copper by electrolysis is called electroplating. The precious metal is taken as anode and cheap metal as a cathode. The electroplating prevents corrosion (rusting) and makes the cheap metals attractive. Anodising :

It is the process of coating aluminum with its oxide electrochemically to protect it against corrosion. In dilute sulphuric acid as an electrolyte, the aluminum article is made the anode. To give the surface of the article beautiful colors, dyes are mixed in the electrolyte.

Electrotyping :

It involves the preparation of exact copies of the metallic type used in the printing work and the engraved blocks on the metals by the process of electrolysis. A sheet of wax is first pressed against the typeset or block. The impression obtained on wax is made conducting by coating it with graphite powder. By the process of electrolysis, it is copper plated. The sheet so obtained is a copy of the type of block. This process is also used for the manufacture of gramophone records.

Extraction of Metals from the Ores:

Metals like sodium,zinc, aluminum, magnesium, calcium, copper, etc. are extracted from their ores by electrolysis.

Purification of Metals:

It is carried out by using impure metal as the cathode and a double salt of the pure metal as electrolytes when a current is passed through the electrolyte solution, pure metal gets deposited at the cathode. This method is used to purify blister copper.

Production of Oxygen and Hydrogen:

Oxygen and hydrogen are manufactured commercially by the electrolysis of acidulated water. 

Manufacture of Chemicals :

By the electrolysis of sodium chloride solution, caustic soda is prepared. 

Medical Applications:

Electrolysis is used for nerve stimulation especially for polio, for removing unwanted hairs on any part of the body, etc.

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