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In this high school lab, students design and build one of the basic circuits of electrical engineering: the voltage divider -- a form of linear circuit capable of producing a wide range of output voltages. The lesson provides scaffolding as students explore the mathematical relationships of parallel and series resistors as they build light emitting diodes. The driving question of the lesson: How do electrical engineers apply Ohm's law in the design of electrical circuits?
The lesson follows a module format that includes objectives and learner outcomes, problem sets, student guides, recommended reading, illustrated procedures, worksheets, and background information about the engineering connections. The lesson plan and student worksheets are available for download. This collection maintained by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Editor's Note: This lesson is a stand-out because of the comprehensive supplemental material, including step-by-step breadboard instructions and matrices of possible voltage outputs. For additional student practice, see Related Materials to download an editor-recommended worksheet on voltage divider electronics (37 problems with answers provided).
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)3. The Nature of Technology
3A. Technology and Science
4. The Physical Setting
4G. Forces of Nature
9. The Mathematical World
9B. Symbolic Relationships
11. Common Themes
11A. Systems
12. Habits of Mind
12B. Computation and Estimation
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics AlignmentsStandards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)
MP.1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
High School — Algebra (9-12)
Seeing Structure in Expressions (9-12)
Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities (9-12)
High School — Functions (9-12)
Interpreting Functions (9-12)
Building Functions (9-12)
This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.
Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Moving Charges and Electric Circuits This stand-out lesson from the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers gives step-by-step instructions for designing and building a voltage divider -- a form of linear circuit capable of producing a wide range of output voltages. Students explore the mathematical relationships of parallel & series resistors as they build LED's. It is intended as the 3rd in a set of circuit lessons by the same publisher. Link to Unit:
Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Resistance and Ohm's Law This stand-out lesson from the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers gives step-by-step instructions for designing and building a voltage divider -- a form of linear circuit capable of producing a wide range of output voltages. Students explore the mathematical relationships of parallel & series resistors as they build LED's. It is intended as the 3rd in a set of circuit lessons by the same publisher. Link to Unit:
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TryEngineering: Using Ohm’s Law to Build a Voltage Divider. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2010. 4 Dec. 2010. International Business Machines. 20 Oct. 2014 <http://www.tryengineering.org/lesson_detail.php?lesson=90>.
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