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This popular simulation, now updated to HTML5, lets students explore how the equation form of Ohm's law relates to a simple circuit. Use the sliders to adjust voltage and resistance, then watch the current change according to Ohm's law. The sizes of the symbols in the equation change to match the circuit diagram. Also accessible to registered PhET users are a "Video Primer" with directions for use and teacher-submitted ideas for instructional use in middle school, high school, and introductory college physics.  The resource was designed using principles from physics education research and refined based on student interviews.

This simulation is part of a larger collection of free interactive models developed by the Physics Education Technology Project (PhET) to support the teaching of physics, chemistry, life sciences, and mathematics.
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Electricity & Magnetism
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