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This web page contains a simulation that allows users to explore a model of charge flow and resistance in a simple circuit. The resistance in the circuit and voltage of the battery can be adjusted. The resultant changes in the current, charge density, and heating of the resistor are shown. Simple schematics of the charge flow, collisions in the resistor, and electron density changes are used.  Also included are instructional materials developed by the PhET project team specifically for use with this applet.  

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.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Ohm's Law
= Power and Energy
- Electromotive Force and Current
= Cells and Batteries
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2006 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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Keywords: Ohm's Law, battery, current, interactive simulation, power, resistance, simple circuit, simulation, voltage
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created November 20, 2008 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated: Aug 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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October 31, 2007
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PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit (PhET, Boulder, 2006), <>.
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PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit. (2007, October 31). Retrieved May 18, 2024, from PhET:
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PhET. PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit. Boulder: PhET, October 31, 2007. (accessed 18 May 2024).
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PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit. Boulder: PhET, 2006. 31 Oct. 2007. 18 May 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Battery-Resistor Circuit}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {18 May 2024}, Month = {October 31, 2007}, Year = {2006} }
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