Frenzel, Louis Retired, Department of Engineering Technology, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas.
Berry, Carlotta Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana.
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- Electrical energy and electricity
- Types of electricity
- Direct current and alternating current
- Static electricity
- Historical development
- Toward a theory of quantum electrodynamics
- Electric power generation and usage
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A range of physical phenomena that involve electric charges, their motions, and their effects. In conventional usage, the term “electricity” often refers to the energy that powers lighting, appliances, and other electronic devices in homes, factories, and businesses. As a natural phenomenon, electricity is vividly illustrated by lightning strikes during thunderstorms (Fig. 1). See also: Electric power generation; Lightning
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