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This Java simulation allows users to explore resistance in a simple circuit.  Variables such as resistance and voltage can be adjusted to see the effect on the amp and power output (represented by heat) of the circuit.  Also included are instructional materials developed by the PhET project team specifically for use with this simulation.  

This item is part of a larger collection of materials developed and maintained by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET) based on principles of physics education research.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java Applet Plug-in.
Editor's Note: This simulation is simple enough for introduction at the middle school level, and would also serve as a good refresher for high school physics courses.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Ohm's Law
= Power and Energy
- Electromotive Force and Current
= Cells and Batteries
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
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© 2006 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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Ohm's Law, battery, current, interactive simulation, power, resistance, simple circuit, simulation, voltage
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Metadata instance created November 20, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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AIP Format
(PhET, Boulder, 2006), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/battery-resistor-circuit).
PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit (PhET, Boulder, 2006), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/battery-resistor-circuit>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit. (2007, October 31). Retrieved December 1, 2023, from PhET: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/battery-resistor-circuit
Chicago Format
PhET. PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit. Boulder: PhET, October 31, 2007. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/battery-resistor-circuit (accessed 1 December 2023).
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PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit. Boulder: PhET, 2006. 31 Oct. 2007. 1 Dec. 2023 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/battery-resistor-circuit>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2023}, Number = {1 December 2023}, Month = {October 31, 2007}, Year = {2006} }
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