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This is a set of classroom experiments for high school physics or physical science designed to give students practice in building simple circuits, diagnosing problem circuits, and using voltmeters and ammeters. Each experiment features detailed diagrams and/or photos, plus questions to elicit critical thinking. Additional links provide instructional support in how to introduce current, how to work safely with electrical components, and a history of the field of electricity.  

SEE RELATED MATERIALS for an interactive Flash tutorial that models electricity and for an editor-recommended free online textbook on electricity and circuits.

This item is part of a much larger collection of physics/astronomy experiments, sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics and funded by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
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= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Laboratory
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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- Laboratory
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This resource was a Physics Front feature from November 17, 2010 until November 20, 2010. View the feature here!


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Keywords:
ammeter, circuit analysis, circuit diagrams, circuit experiments, circuit labs, current, electric current, electricity experiments, electricity labs, practical physics, short circuits, simple circuits, voltmeter, water circuit
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created May 11, 2010 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
March 8, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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when Cataloged:
December 30, 2009

This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.


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

A collection of 8 experiments designed to introduce important concepts of electricity to beginning students. Each lab is accompanied by instructional tips to help students form a solid basis for a future study of resistance, Ohm's Law, and potential difference.

Link to Unit:

Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Electricity in the Middle Grades

Middle school students need time to explore very simple circuits, if they are to build a foundation for future study of Ohm's Law, resistance, and potential difference. This set of 8 classroom experiments was designed to help them gain conceptual understanding by exploring simple circuits, diagnosing faulty circuits, and using voltmeters and ammeters.

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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Applying Concepts of Electricity

A collection of 8 experiments designed to introduce important concepts of electricity to beginning students. Each lab is accompanied by instructional tips to help students form a solid basis for a future study of resistance, Ohm's Law, and potential difference.

Link to Unit:
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre, (2006), WWW Document, (http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/simple-electric-circuits).
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre. (2009, December 30). Practical Physics: Simple Electric Circuits. Retrieved July 30, 2014, from http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/simple-electric-circuits
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre. Practical Physics: Simple Electric Circuits. December 30, 2009. http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/simple-electric-circuits (accessed 30 July 2014).
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