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Circuit Construction Kit (MG)

Updated on 10/04/2017

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to observe and manipulate an electric current, voltage and resistance.

Objectives

  • Students will describe electric current, voltage, and resistance and the units of measurements for these physical quantities.
  • Students will construct a simple circuit with an on/off switch.
  • Students will construct a simple circuit with multiple bulbs.

Vocabulary

  • ampere
  • resistance
  • battery
  • resistor
  • circuit diagram
  • switch
  • electric circuit
  • volt
  • electric current
  • voltage
  • ohm
  • voltmeter
  • ammeter
  • schematic

About the Lesson

Adapted from a PhETTM simulation, this lesson uses a simulation environment for constructing electric circuits.  Students construct simple series circuits and measure voltage and current.  They also work with equations relating voltage, current, and resistance.

 

As a result, students will:

  • describe an electric circuit
  • use formulas to calculate resistance, voltage and current
  • construct series circuits
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