Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published in Physics, by Henry Semat and Robert Katz, New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1958. Copyright © 1958 Henry Semat and Robert Katz. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Electricity is the basis of our present highly technical civilization. It is the means whereby energy from various sources is delivered to the consumer in a form suitable for its conversion into the many kinds of energy demanded by him. It is through the intermediary of the electric circuit that energy is transmitted electrically from the primary source, no matter where it is situated, to the ultimate consumer wherever he desires it. A complete electric circuit contains some form of electric generator, which is essentially a device for converting other forms of energy to electrical energy, a set of conductors for transmitting the electrical energy, and some device for converting this electrical energy into the desired form of energy.

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