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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.

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Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Circuit Analysis
= Currents
= Ohm's Law
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DC Circuit, SERC, ammeter, battery, electric circuits, experiment simulation, interactive multimedia, ohm's law, paraller, resistor, series, voltmeter
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nice

Author: Tony Lai
Posted: June 6, 2008 at 3:49PM

I learned a lot

tight

Author: Sam Wang
Posted: June 6, 2008 at 3:42PM

i learned a lot about circuits this way. thanks!

this is cool.

Author: Angela Sciencemaster
Posted: June 6, 2008 at 3:40PM

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.

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.

Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: A Model for Electricity

This high-quality interactive simulation can be easily adapted for both middle school and high school. Students build a virtual DC circuit, using "click and drag" to attach wires, batteries, switches, and resistors.  This particular simulation has received excellent reviews in extensive field testing, especially when done in conjunction with a hands-on lab.

Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Moving Charges and Electric Circuits

This high-quality interactive simulation is a good choice for beginning high school physics or physical science.  Students build a virtual DC circuit, using the mouse to attach wires, batteries, switches, and resistors.  This particular simulation has received excellent reviews in extensive field testing, especially when done in conjunction with a hands-on lab. See Lesson Plans above for a recommended lesson developed specifically for use with this simulation.

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(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2004), WWW Document, (https://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), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc>.
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PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only). (2005, March 22). Retrieved August 19, 2017, from Physics Education Technology Project: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc
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Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only). Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, March 22, 2005. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc (accessed 19 August 2017).
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PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only). Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2004. 22 Mar. 2005. 19 Aug. 2017 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc>.
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PhET Simulation: Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only):

Is the Basis For DC circuits lab with real equipment and CCK

This lab looks at a few simple DC circuits that give an idea of how they work. We will learn how to use a DC power supply and a digital multimeter (DMM).

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

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Is the Basis For PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Properties of Electric Circuits Using Only Circuit Construction Kit (CCK)

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Is the Basis For PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Circuit Construction Kit - Series of Three Activities

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