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Circuits and Ohm's Law

Published on 07/16/2011

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will explore circuits through a simulation.

Objectives

  • Students will explore and apply components of a simple series circuit.
  • Students will explore and apply characteristics of the circuit.
  • Student will collect voltage, current, and resistance data in a series circuit simulation.
  • Students will analyze data to develop and apply Ohm’s Law.

Vocabulary

  • circuit
  • current
  • load
  • Ohm’s Law
  • pathway
  • polarity
  • resistance
  • source
  • voltage

About the Lesson

This lesson simulates a simple series circuit.
As a result, students will:

  • Identify and use components of the circuit.
  • Set values for source voltage and resistances.
  • Connect a voltmeter properly to measure voltages across resistors.
  • Use data to develop Ohm’s Law.
  • Apply circuit knowledge and Ohm’s Law to sketch and calculate current flow.