Quantume Mechanics and the Atom
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Electricity — Faraday Lecture VI
Faraday turns his attention to forces or actions that are not based on chemical affinity directly.
- Static electricity can be generated by friction (like that between wool and glass) or contact with a charged substance.
- Electricity can be transferred by current through wires, or discharged by a ground contact.
- Lodestone possesses a new force, magnetism, that can be transferred by rubbing an appropriate substance with an existing magnet.
- Faraday demonstrates ways to generate, capture, and store electrical charge.
- Metals like copper can transmit heat energy rapidly; other materials like wood transmit heat poorly.
- Metals like copper transmit electric charge far more rapidly than they transmit heat...so heat and electricity are not the same thing.
- One can detonate gunpowder with electrical current, showing that chemical affinity and electricity are related and perhaps different forms of the same force.
Read more about quantum mechanics in this brief introduction to the quantum atom.
Read about Relativity Theory.
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