PhysicsElectricity and CircuitsWhat is an Electric Switch?

What is an Electric Switch?

Table of Contents

  • Switch
  • Components of an Electric Circuit
  • Summary
  • What’s Next?

In the previous segment, we learnt how electricity flows through a circuit. In this segment, we will learn the components of an electric circuit.

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    What is a Switch?

    A switch is an electrical component which can make or break an electrical circuit automatically or manually.

    Components of electric circuit

    In our house, all the switches connecting different appliances are present on a switchboard. And all these appliances work because of some circuit being completed.

    Consider the simplified version of an electric circuit for any appliance in our house.

    Electric circuit

    This electric circuit has three components:

    • Transformer
    • Switch
    • Appliance

    All these components are connected as shown in the figure.

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