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Water pumps are rated in gallons per minute, ventilation fans in cubic feet per minute, and grain-handling equipment in bushels per hour. All of these are quantity rates. To establish such a rate for electrons, we must first decide on a measure of quantity. We could use the number of electrons passing a point per second, but so many pass by a point in one second that the number is too great to use. 25 3 1018) electrons and call this quantity a coulomb of electrons (in honor of Charles Coulomb, a French scientist).
5 volt. Voltage and efficiency (up to 25%) are fairly independent of the amount of illumination, but more light increases the current. Solar batteries are used to energize electronic equipment in artificial satellites. The communication satellite Telstar is powered by 3,600 solar cells. Solar batteries are also used for maintaining a charge on storage batteries used for rural telephone systems. TERMINAL THIN METAL FILM SEMICONDUCTOR SUPPORTING METAL FIGURE 2–2 LIGHT P Photovoltaic cell N FIGURE 2–3 LOAD Solar cell 16 DIRECT CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS 2–6 ELECTRICITY FROM HEAT Thermoelectric effects utilizing temperature differentials to generate an electrical voltage have been known for a long time.
Given the opportunity, the water in the tank will run back down to the ground, releasing energy on whatever it hits; that is, it can do useful work if it passes over a water wheel or drives a water turbine. The energy used to carry the pond water up to the tank is not wasted. Each gallon of water in the tank has more potential energy than a gallon of water in the pond. There is a potential energy difference between the water in the tank and the water in the pond. In a similar manner, there is a potential energy difference between the electrons in Object B in Figure 3–10 and the electrons in Object A.