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This resource is a four-part chapter on fundamentals of current electricity, from The Physics Classroom collection of interactive tutorials for introductory physics students. Topics include electric field and potential, electric circuits and power, resistance and Ohm's Law, and simple circuit analysis.

Each section is accompanied by memorable analogies to help students comprehend how current flows and the role the electron plays in current electricity. Quizzes throughout the tutorial allow learners to self-test their understanding.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electrostatic Potential and Potential Energy
- Electromotive Force and Current
= Cells and Batteries
- Resistance
= Resistance Characteristics
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Tutorial
- Reference Material
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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DC circuits, circuits, electric current, electric potential difference, electric resistance, electrical energy, electricity tutorials, interactive tutorial, online quizzes, online tutorial, parallel circuits, power, problem set, quizzes, series circuits, student activities, student tutorial
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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits).
T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Current Electricity (1996), <https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits>.
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Henderson, T. (2010, April 30). The Physics Classroom: Current Electricity. Retrieved June 21, 2024, from https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Current Electricity. April 30, 2010. https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits (accessed 21 June 2024).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Current Electricity. 1996. 30 Apr. 2010. National Science Foundation. 21 June 2024 <https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits>.
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