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published by the Physics Education Technology Project
written by Trish Loeblein
This is an inquiry-based lesson developed for use with the PhET DC Circuit Construction Kit, an interactive simulation that lets users build circuits with virtual wires, batteries, resistors, light bulbs, and switches. Students will build virtual circuits from schematic drawings, use a multimeter to take readings, and analyze the difference between real and simulated circuits. Also included are "clicker questions", designed to elicit prior understanding.

Editor's Note: This classroom-tested lesson has received very positive reviews from users of PhET simulations. It can be adapted for courses ranging from 8th grade physical science to algebra-based high school physics.

This is part of a large collection of simulations freely available from the Physics Education Technology group at the University of Colorado.

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DC Circuit, ammeter, battery, circuit simulation, electric circuits, electricity simulation, interactive multimedia, ohm's law, paraller, resistor, series, simulation, voltmeter
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


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

This lesson was created specifically to go with the PhET DC Circuit simulator, and has received glowing reviews from teacher-users. It includes lesson plan, warm-up questions, and a detailed student guide on how to use the simulation. We highly recommend this as a way to let your students explore circuits, learn from mistakes, and be better prepared to participate in the hands-on circuit lab.

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

Don't have time to do three lessons with the PhET Circuit Simulator? This lesson plan, specifically designed for use with the simulation, takes one day in computer lab and one follow-up day. We highly recommend it as a way to let your students explore circuits, learn from mistakes, and be better prepared to participate in the hands-on circuit lab.

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T. Loeblein, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2008), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2823).
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T. Loeblein, PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Properties of Electric Circuits Using Only Circuit Construction Kit (CCK) (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2008), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2823>.
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Loeblein, T. (2008, November 8). PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Properties of Electric Circuits Using Only Circuit Construction Kit (CCK). Retrieved July 25, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2823
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Loeblein, Trish. PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Properties of Electric Circuits Using Only Circuit Construction Kit (CCK). Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, November 8, 2008. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2823 (accessed 25 July 2014).
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Loeblein, Trish. PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Properties of Electric Circuits Using Only Circuit Construction Kit (CCK). Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2008. 8 Nov. 2008. 25 July 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2823>.
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