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Electrical Conductors and Insulators
A pair of scissors could be used to complete an electrical circuit.

Electrical Conductors and Insulators

Dive into the world of KS2 Science with this quiz focusing on electrical conductors and insulators - the key players in controlling electricity!

Electrical conductors and insulators manage heat. Imagine a world without electricity – power cuts make us appreciate it! Thanks to the smart inventor, Nikola Tesla, we have electricity in our homes. He planned to send it worldwide!

To master electricity, learn about conductors and insulators. Why are plugs plastic? Why are insulators crucial in circuits? Test your smarts with this exciting science quiz!

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1.
A material which is an electrical conductor does what?
It does not allow electricity to pass through it easily
It does not allow heat to travel through it easily
It allows heat to travel through it easily
It allows electricity to pass through it easily
Conductors are used to transfer electricity from one place to another, for example in a circuit
2.
Why are insulators important in an electrical circuit?
They make the circuit safe to touch
Electricity will only flow through insulators
Light bulbs and buzzers are only made of insulating materials
All of the above
Insulating materials protect us (and other living organisms) from electrical currents and they also protect the circuit from damage or interference
3.
Which of these could be used to complete an electrical circuit?
A piece of gravel
A rubber
A crayon
A pair of scissors
Scissors are made of metal and all metals can conduct electricity
4.
Which of these is not an electrical conductor?
Gold
Copper
Aluminium
Rubber
Rubber is an excellent electrical insulator
5.
Which of these is not an electrical insulator?
Wood
Plastic
Silver
Glass
Silver, like other metals, is not a good electrical insulator. In fact, silver is the best electrical conductor. Because of its expense, it is not used as often as copper
6.
Which of these is a good electrical conductor?
Water
Sweat
The human body
All of the above
Electricity passes easily though anything wet, such as sweaty hands, and also through the human body. This is why it is so important to NEVER touch a live lead and to always be careful when using electrical objects. Never touch anything electric when you have damp hands
7.
The filament in a light bulb glows because of the material's resistance. What does this mean?
The filament does not allow the flow of electricity
The filament speeds up the flow of electricity
The filament slows down the flow of electricity
The filament gets annoyed with the electricity
Resistivity is a measure of how well materials conduct electricity - less resistance means greater conductivity
8.
Why are electrical plugs made of plastic?
Plastic is stronger than all other materials
Plastic is a good electrical conductor
Plastic protects people from electricity
Only plastic can be made into the right shape for a plug
Plastic is an electrical insulator. If plugs weren't made of plastic (or another insulator), it would be impossible to touch the plug without receiving an extremely dangerous electric shock
9.
A material which is an electrical insulator does what?
It does not allow electricity to pass through it easily
It does not allow heat to travel through it easily
It allows heat to travel through it easily
It allows electricity to pass through it easily
Insulators are used to prevent electricity from passing through
10.
In a complete electrical circuit, which materials does electricity flow through?
Electrical insulators
Electrical conductors
Only leads or wires
Only batteries
Every component (part) of a complete electrical circuit must include a material which conducts electricity
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - What are conductors and insulators?

Author:  Sheri Smith

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