In this lecture, we're going to start with some of the fundamentals of

electronics. The first idea that will be introduced is

that of electric charge. And we'll introduce the Coloum's Law,

which enables you to compute the force between electric charges.

With the idea of electric charge, we can then go on to discuss moving charges or

currents in circuits. Then building on Coulomb's law, we can

introduce the idea of the electric field. And from there, we can introduce the

notion of voltage or electric potential difference.

With these basic ideas behind us, we can then talk about the first simple circuit

elements, resistors, which obey Ohm's Law.

Then after introducing another very simple circuit element, a battery, we can

go on to start using what are called Kirchoff's Laws which are really based on

conservation principles. But they offer us methods for finding the

voltage and current at any point in a network of batteries and resistors or,

later on, more complicated circuit elements.

Then, once we have the basic circuit elements and a method for analyzing

circuits, we'll start to look at a few specific examples.

And particular series and parallel combinations of resistors.

And voltage and current dividers, which are important circuits in audio

applications. Okay, we're going to start by talking

about electric charge. Now, electric charge was recognized quite

a while ago. The, it's existence was recognized a long

time ago. And in 1783 Coulomb wrote down Coulomb's

Law, which tells you the force between 2 electric charges of charge q1 and q2

separated by a distance r. And those quantities charge is measured

in coulomb's and the distance if that's in meters this constant is about 9 times

10 to the 9th Newton meter squared per Coulomb squared.

And so just to remind you, one Newton is the force required to accelerate 1

kilogram by an amount of 1 meter per second squared.

And that comes from Newton's second law. So that means if I take a 1 kilogram

mass, and I press with the force of one Newton, it will be accelerated by one

meter per second squared. Now, the reason we're introducing the

idea of force here, is that you can really understand the amount of charge in

terms of force, which is something you can measure.

and the way you measure force is by letting it act on a certain mass.

And then you can measure the acceleration.

So this is something that you can directly measure with stopwatches and

meter sticks. And that's a physical thing you can go on

the web and measure. So the idea of force is is kind of

derived from from that. But then, from the problem here is

understanding charge which is kind of a, a an unusual concept.

It's kind of hard to put your hands on, but it's really understood in terms of

the amount of force between charged particles.

So, going back to Coulomb's Law, here's, imagine we do an experiment, where we

take two, what are called puff balls. Which are the they used to use the

insides of, vegetable matter. Because, it was very, very light material

that would hold charge. Now, these days you would probably just

use a piece of Styrofoam. But if you take a a small piece of

material and you supported by a thread, and you put some charge, say like charge,

on two of these things. Then they will repel each other with, the

electric force, Coulomb force. And from measuring this angle, you can

figure out how much force is between these and then that defines the amount of

charge these two objects. Now a charge can be plus or minus.

And the rule is that like charges repel, and opposite charges attract.

Now you can perhaps from high school, they used a glass rod and a piece of silk

cloth. And you could rub the glass rod with the

silk cloth and that would leave the glass rod, I think, I believe positively

charged. Or the other alternative is you take a

ebonite rod, sort of the material bowling balls used to be made out of, and you rub

it with a piece of rabbits fur. And that generates a negative charge.

And so you can generate static charge and move it around with displays its presence

using an electrometer, which is essentially objects that hold charge.

And then you can see their repulsion. but so, just to give you a feeling for

how much charge one Coulomb is. If I were to take one Coulomb of charge

on two objects, separate them by 1 meter, then plug that on.

This is 1, that's 1, that's 1 squared. So the force is this constant 8.988 times

10 to the 9th newtons. Now that's a huge amount of force.

If you sit down and you calculate that, that would be enough force to levitate

about 5,000 locomotives, each weighing 200 tons.

So, a Coulomb is one heck of a lot of charge.

So, at this point charge, as far as we're concerned, so far, charge is really just

a, you can think of it as sort of a fluid.

It wasn't until 1897 that J.J. Thompson that charge actually comes in

small units or corpuscles that eventually became known as electrons.

And it's interesting to bring that up because the experimental setup that he

used to, to come to those conclusions is kind of a precursor of modern day vacuum

tubes. Now, it wasn't until about ten years

later than Millikan discovered, or measured, the charge of a single

electron. So they knew that these corpuscles

existed but it took some very careful experiments by Millikan to actually

measure the amount of charge. And it turns out that one electron has a

charge that is 1.6 times 10 to the minus 19 Coulombs.

If I take one over that number, it turns out that one Coulomb is equivalent to 6.2

times 10 to the 18th electrons. So that is a lot of electrons in one

Coulomb. So here's the first problem I'd like you

to solve. So, you know, when you unpack something

wrapped in styrofoam peanuts they stick to everything you can't put them down,

they stick to your hands and your clothing.

And so the question is, how many electrons would you have to put on a

styrofoam peanut that's one cubic centimeter in size so it would be picked

up by your hand from a distance from 5 centimeters.

So we're going to assume that the styrofoam peanut in your hand both have

the same amount of charge on them but they have opposite signs so they attract.

Now, here's a few numbers you're going to need, the density of styrofoam is about

0.035 grams per cubic centimeter. And the Earth's gravitational

acceleration, if you didn't know it, is 9.8 liters per second squared.

So, here's the picture of what's happening, here's your force, here's your

hand, and we'll assume there's a positive charge on your hand and a negative charge

on the styrofoam peanut. And there's going to be a Coulomb force

that attracts the negative charge to the positive charge.

And, lets say that your hand is 5 centimeters, a couple of inches above the

peanut. The peanut has a mass given by m.

The force of gravity is mg, and so for your hand, for the Coulomb force to

exceed the gravitational force, I want you to calculate how much charge has to

be on these two objects. And here are the answers to choose from.