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Every single day we use electricity to make the things around us work. From the tape player to the electric pumps that send hot water to each of our homes everyday. Without electricity the lights go off, water is not heated, the television goes off, and outside the traffic lights do not work and as a result the city is immediately congested with traffic jams and choke ups in the street. Without that electricity we have everyday the basic things we use do not function. The book I chose to summarize explains and explores how electricity is used by objects such as motors, telephones, computers, tape recorders, flashlights, heaters, etc.

Electricity can be used for different purposes. Ovens turn electricity into heat. Engines use electricity in order to make hot sparks that burn the gasoline. Telephones, tape players and televisions turn electricity into voices, music and pictures. All these objects in some way or some how use electricity to function.

The first public electricity supply was set in Godalming, Surrey, England approximately 100 years ago. A little after another electric supply was set up in New York City. Despite this many people still used gas and oil to light their home and used coal and wood to heat their homes. Fumes and smoke from these methods made buildings and clothes dirty. Due partially to electricity our homes today are much cleaner. It is almost hard to believe that such a strong force such as electricity can come from the smallest thing on the planet earth. Electrons are small little particles that when moving create what we call electricity.

Electricity can be found almost anywhere including our very own bodies. This type of electricity is called electrical current. Electrical current is electricity that moves. A current happens when electrons move...