circuits in parallel and in series

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Title circuits in parallel and in series
Description In the first activity students explore the properties of circuits in series and in parallel made with identical light bulbs. They do this by using the Phet Circuit simulation. The second activity is hands-on and leads the students through setting up circuits in parallel and in series with resistors of two different values. Voltages and currents are measured in various parts to develop a general model for circuits in parallel and in series. The simulation activity takes about 1.5 and the hands-on about 2.0 hours.
Subject Physics
Level Undergrad - Intro
Type Lab
Duration 30 minutes
Answers Included No
Language English
Keywords Circuits, Electricity
Simulation(s) Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only)

Author(s) Beta Keramati
School / Organization University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Date submitted 5/16/07
Date updated 5/16/07