Circuit Construction Kit: DC

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Experiment with an electronics kit! Build circuits with batteries, resistors, ideal and non-Ohmic light bulbs, fuses, and switches. Determine if everyday objects are conductors or insulators, and take measurements with an ammeter and voltmeter. View the circuit as a schematic diagram, or switch to a lifelike view.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Explore basic electricity relationships.
  • Explain basic electricity relationships in series and parallel circuits.
  • Use an ammeter and voltmeter to take readings in circuits.
  • Provide reasoning to explain the measurements and relationships in circuits.
  • Build circuits from schematic drawings.
  • Determine if common objects are conductors or insulators.
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Algebra-based Physics Semester one lessons, clicker questions, and schedule in pdf (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Physics
Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
UG-Intro
MC Physics
Capacitor_Lab_Basics _html_Remote_lab A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
UG-Intro
Lab
Remote
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Physics
Resistance in a Wire Remote Lab A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
UG-Intro
HW
Lab
Remote
Physics
Ohm's Law Remote Lab A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
K-5
MS
UG-Intro
HW
Remote
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Physics
Introduction to Circuits Remote Lab A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
UG-Intro
Remote
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Physics
Discovering patterns of current and voltage in series and parallel circuits A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Argenta Price, Alan Calac HS Lab
Guided
Physics
Circuit Construction Kit- series of three activitites (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Physics
Using PhET in Electricity Unit A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
UG-Intro
Demo
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Physics
Potential Difference in Circuits A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Archie Paulson, Kathrine Perkins, Steve Pollock UG-Intro Lab Physics
Series and Parallel circuits basics A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Kristi Goodwin MS Lab Physics
Circuit inquiry for Middle school A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Jefferson County Middle School Workshop MS Lab Physics
Intro to Series and Parallel Circuits A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Elyse Zimmer HS Lab Physics
How Can You Light A Bulb? A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Julie Henderleiter MS
K-5
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Physics
Exploring Circuits A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Rosemary Boardman MS Guided Physics
Circuit Lab 2 - Series and Parallel Circuits A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Amy Jordan HS Lab Physics
Circuits 3 Day Unit A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Meaghan Hixson K-5 Lab Physics
Day 3: Conductors and Insulators A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Meaghan Hixson K-5 Lab Physics
Day 1: Lighting a Bulb A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Meaghan Hixson K-5 Lab Physics
Day 2: Exploring Kinds of Circuits (Series/Parallel) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Meaghan Hixson K-5 Lab Physics
Discovering Ohm's Law Inquiry Lab Jeremy Booher HS
MS
Lab
Guided
Remote
Other
Physics
Intro to Ohm's Law Bob Poltis HS
UG-Intro
Guided
Remote
Lab
Physics
Discovering Series Circuits David Wirth MS
HS
Lab
Remote
HW
Physics
Resistivity in a wire Bill Stanton HS Lab Physics
Activity in Electricity and Magnetism (Resistor Networks and Kirchhoff's Rules) Lowell Gabunilas HS
UG-Intro
Lab Physics
Series, parallel circuits Bilal Sengez HS Remote
Lab
Physics
Understanding Circuits David Wirth UG-Intro
HS
Remote
Discuss
Lab
HW
Physics
Series Circuit Simulation Bill Braun HS Lab
Remote
HW
Physics
Parallel Circuit Electrical Relationships Bill Braun HS Remote
Lab
HW
Physics
Kirchhoff's Law Omar Adwan HS
UG-Intro
Remote
Lab
Physics
I, V and R in circuits Suchitra CHEPIN HS
UG-Intro
Remote
Lab
Guided
Physics
Ohm's Law Omar Adwan UG-Intro
HS
Lab
Remote
Physics
DC Measuring Devices Omar Adwan UG-Intro Lab
Remote
Physics
Capacitor and Dielectric 2 Bassam Rashed Other
HS
UG-Adv
UG-Intro
Guided
Lab
Demo
HW
Remote
Physics
Electricity in the Home David Wirth HS HW
Lab
Remote
Discuss
Physics
Conductors and Insulators Heather Gaughan K-5 Guided
Remote
Other
Electrical Circuits Intro Heather Gaughan K-5 Guided
Remote
Other
Ohm's Law Kristy Jernigan, Judith Stucky, Melanie Essink HS Guided
Lab
Remote
Physics
Electric Circuits Simulation: Building Models Larry Smith UG-Intro Remote
Lab
Physics
Ohm's Law Lab - Virtual Eric Weiss HS
UG-Intro
HW
Remote
Lab
Physics
Simple Series and Parallel Circuits Lab David Waters HS
UG-Intro
Remote
HW
Lab
Physics
DC Circuit Lab Sean Boston HS
UG-Intro
Lab Physics
Conductors and Insulators Yanel Leroux K-5 Lab
Guided
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Physics
Series & Parallel Circuits PhET Lab Michael Aitken HS Demo
Lab
HW
Guided
Physics
Virtual Circuit Lab Derek Martin HS
MS
UG-Intro
Guided
Lab
Physics
Virtual Lab - Circuit Basics Jeremy smith MS
HS
Guided
Lab
Physics
Circuit Lab 1 - Properties of Electric Circuits Amy Jordan HS Lab Physics
Unidad de Circuitos (actividad para 3 sesiones) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Meaghan Hixson (traducción Mayra López) K-5
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Guided
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Physics
De Resistencia y Ley de Ohm This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein (traducción Diana López) HS
MS
Remote
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Physics
SECUNDARIA: Alineación PhET con programas de la SEP México (2011 y 2017) This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López HS
MS
Other Mathematics
Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Introducción a Circuitos Eléctricos This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein (traducción Diana López) HS
UG-Intro
Remote
Guided
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Discuss
Lab
Physics
PREPARATORIA: Alineación de PhET con programas de la DGB México (2017) This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López UG-Intro
HS
Other Chemistry
Physics
Mathematics
PRIMARIA: Alineación con programas de la SEP México (2011 y 2017) This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López K-5
MS
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Discuss
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Lab
Demo
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Astronomy
Električni otpor i Ohmov zakon Anita Sečan MS Guided Physics
Mjerenje struje i napona Anita Sečan MS
HS
Guided Physics
Spajanje više trošila Anita Sečan Other Guided Physics
Zekering gebruiken als beveiliging tegen Kortsluiting en overbelasting. Loran de Vries MS Lab
HW
Remote
Physics
Elektriciteit Roland Van Kerschaver Other
K-5
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Arbeitsblatt einfache Stromkreise v.1.0 Lukas Feitknecht UG-Adv Guided Physics
Laboratorio virtuale di circuiti cinzia scorzoni HS Guided
Remote
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Physics
Costruzione di circuiti in serie e in parallalelo, misura dell'intensità e tensione, scoperta di conduttori e insolanti. Alessandra De Conti MS Lab
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Physics
ASSOCIAÇÃO DE RESISTORES W. Q. NEVES - IFCE HS Lab
Guided
Physics
Montagem Circuito DC - Lab Virtual José Lucas Nassif Maluf HS Lab
Guided
Physics
Eletrodinâmica (Atividades) nos OA's do PhET Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
Other
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Discuss
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Mathematics
Atividades sobre Eletricidade nos OA's do PhET Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales MS
Other
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Discuss
Demo
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Earth Science
Physics
Other
Associação de Resistores (Misto) no "Circuit Construction Kit: DC (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Other
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Earth Science
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Associação de Resistores (Paralelo) no "Circuit Construction Kit: DC (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Associação de Resistores (Série) no "Circuit Construction Kit: DC (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales MS
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Other
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Conceitos de Circuitos Elétricos no "Circuit Construction Kit: DC (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales Other
MS
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Physics
Other
Earth Science
Voltagem, Amperagem e Resistência Elétrica no "Circuit Construction Kit: DC (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Physics
Earth Science
Mathematics
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Circuitos Elétricos (Básico) no "Circuit Construction Kit: DC (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales Other
HS
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Lab
Guided
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Mathematics
Physics
Other
Earth Science
Leis de Kirchhoff Thiago Henrique de Vasconcelos UG-Intro
MS
HS
Lab Physics
Guia de Laboartorio Círcuito en Serie Julio Manuel Lora Pino MS Lab Physics
Circuits Scape Room Manel Ibanez MS Lab Physics
U3S14L1 Circuitos eléctricos Phet FRANCISCO CRUZ CANTU HS MC
Remote
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Physics
Hoja de trabajo José Ricardo Gutiérrez Torres UG-Intro
HS
Guided
Demo
Physics
Mathematics
Guía Docente Electricidad karla Sanchez HS Lab Physics
UNIDAD3 S14 L1 Medir voltajes FRANCISCO CRUZ CANTU MS
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Guia de trabajo - Kit de Construcción de Circuitos: CD Julio César Páez García - Maria Camila Llorente Castro K-5 Guided Physics
Ley de Ohm y circuitos básicos Eugenio Manuel Fernández HS Remote
Lab
Physics

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Chinese (Simplified) All 中文 (中国) Download Run now 电路组建实验:直流
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French All français Download Run now Kit de construction de circuit: CC
German All Deutsch Download Run now Stromkreise schalten: Gleichstrom
Greek All Ελληνικά Download Run now Εργαλειοθήκη δημιουργίας κυκλωμάτων: Συνεχές ρεύμα
Gujarati All Gujarati Download Run now વિદ્યુત પરિપથ નિર્માણ કીટ: DC
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Russian All русский Download Run now Электрическая цепь постоянного тока
Serbian All Српски Download Run now Струјно коло - једносмерна струја (DC)
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