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Check out this virtual circuit simulator for building dc circuits. Wires, batteries, resistors, light bulbs, and switches are available, along with common "real world" objects. You can modify parameters such as resistance and voltage as desired, and use meters are available for measuring voltages and currents. This site is part of a large collection of simulations freely available from the Physics Education Technology (PhET) group at the University of Colorado.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Circuit Analysis
= Currents
= Ohm's Law
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Educators
- application/java
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Mirror: http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/circuit-constru…
Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2004 PHET and University of Colorado
PhET Interactive Simulations by The PhET Team, University of Colorado are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. http://phet.colorado.edu/about/licensing.php
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Keywords: DC Circuit, SERC, ammeter, battery, electric circuits, experiment simulation, interactive multimedia, ohm's law, paraller, resistor, series, voltmeter
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created June 15, 2005 by Bruce Mason
Record Updated: Nov 14, 2012 by Zachary Davis
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March 22, 2005
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nice

Author: Tony Lai
Posted: June 6, 2008 at 3:49PM
Source: The Physics Front collection

I learned a lot

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tight

Author: Sam Wang
Posted: June 6, 2008 at 3:42PM
Source: The Physics Front collection

i learned a lot about circuits this way. thanks!

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this is cool.

Author: Angela Sciencemaster
Posted: June 6, 2008 at 3:40PM
Source: The Physics Front collection

This is an extremely cool, hands-on feature that helped me to understand circuits. YAAYYY!!!!

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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

8. The Designed World

8C. Energy Sources and Use
  • 6-8: 8C/M4. Electrical energy can be generated from a variety of energy resources and can be transformed into almost any other form of energy. Electric circuits are used to distribute energy quickly and conveniently to distant locations.

11. Common Themes

11A. Systems
  • 9-12: 11A/H2. Understanding how things work and designing solutions to problems of almost any kind can be facilitated by systems analysis. In defining a system, it is important to specify its boundaries and subsystems, indicate its relation to other systems, and identify what its input and output are expected to be.
11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
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(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2004), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc).
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PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only) (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2004), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only). (2005, March 22). Retrieved April 21, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc
Chicago Format
Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only). Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, March 22, 2005. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc (accessed 21 April 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only). Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2004. 22 Mar. 2005. 21 Apr. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc>.
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PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only):

Expanded On PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (AC+DC)

A newer version of this circuit simulator allowing for simulating AC Circuits.

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