the Physics Education Technology Project
This interactive java application gives students a virtual circuit simulator for building dc circuits. Wires, batteries, resistors, light bulbs, and switches are available to be added to the circuit, along with common "real world" objects. Parameters, such as resistance and voltage, can be modified as desired. Meters are available for measuring voltages and currents. Circuit elements can be arranged in any geometry desired by the user; circuit elements are not required to connect to a grid. The circuits can be viewed using either images of the objects or using schematic symbols. This is part of a large collection of simulations freely available from the Physics Education Technology group at the University of Colorado.
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
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.
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.
PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only). (2005, March 22). Retrieved September 19, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc
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