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written by Trish Loeblein
This page contains a series of three "PhET Gold-Star Activities" developed to accompany the PhET DC Circuit Construction Kit. The lessons explore basic properties of electric circuits and resistors in series and parallel circuits. The activities may be performed using only the PhET virtual circuit kit or in combination with a hands-on circuit lab.  Students will build virtual circuits from schematic drawings, use a multimeter to take readings, and analyze the difference between real and simulated circuits. Materials include lesson plans, detailed student guides, and a Circuit Challenge worksheet. Also included are "clicker questions", designed to elicit prior understanding.

NOTE: The PhET Circuit Construction Kit must be open and running for students to perform these activities. See Related Materials for a link to this simulation.

This resource 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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Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Circuit Analysis
- High School
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DC Circuit, ammeter, battery, circuit simulation, circuit unit, electric circuits, electricity simulation, electricity unit, interactive multimedia, ohm's law, parallel circuit, resistor, series circuit, simulation, voltmeter
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


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

If you like the PhET Circuit simulator (and who doesn't?) you'll appreciate this series of three inquiry-based activities developed especially to accompany the sim. Designed by PhET Gold-Star winner Trish Loeblein, the activities explore basic properties of electric circuits, resistors in series and parallel circuits, and more. Bonus: includes clicker questions.

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T. Loeblein, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2008), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3121).
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T. Loeblein, PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Circuit Construction Kit - Series of Three Activities, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2008), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3121>.
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Loeblein, T. (2008, November 8). PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Circuit Construction Kit - Series of Three Activities. Retrieved October 31, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3121
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Loeblein, Trish. PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Circuit Construction Kit - Series of Three Activities. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, November 8, 2008. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3121 (accessed 31 October 2014).
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Loeblein, Trish. PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Circuit Construction Kit - Series of Three Activities. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2008. 8 Nov. 2008. 31 Oct. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3121>.
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