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  • Conductivity
  • Energy Levels
  • Photoconductors
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  • Conductivity
  • Energy Levels
  • Photoconductors


Experiment with conductivity in metals, plastics and photoconductors. See why metals conduct and plastics don't, and why some materials conduct only when you shine a flashlight on them.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Identify the driving force in a circuit.
  • Explain the difference in conducting behavior between metals, plastics, and photoconductors in terms of the difference in the structure of energy levels.
  • Explain why shining light on a photoconductor causes it to conduct.
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