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written by Jim Nelson and Jane Nelson
In this activity from the AAPT/PTRA manual "Role of the Laboratory in Teaching Introductory Physics", students are asked to find the condition for maximum power transfer from a power supply to a load resistor.  By adding an "internal resistor" to a power supply it can be made a variable in a typical power transfer laboratory activity.  Students who have studied calculus can do a maximization calculation to check the results of this activity.
Book Title: The Role of the Laboratory in Teaching Introductory Physics
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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= Laboratory
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- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Laboratory
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© 1995 American Association of Physics Teachers
Keywords:
internal resistance, maximum power, voltage divider
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Metadata instance created June 18, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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J. Nelson and J. Nelson, in The Role of the Laboratory in Teaching Introductory Physics (1995), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3815&DocID=123).
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J. Nelson and J. Nelson, Role of the Laboratory: Power Transfer, in The Role of the Laboratory in Teaching Introductory Physics (1995), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3815&DocID=123>.
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Nelson, J., & Nelson, J. (1995). Role of the Laboratory: Power Transfer. In The Role of the Laboratory in Teaching Introductory Physics. Retrieved October 26, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3815&DocID=123
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Nelson, Jim, and Jane Nelson. "Role of the Laboratory: Power Transfer." In The Role of the Laboratory in Teaching Introductory Physics. 1995. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3815&DocID=123 (accessed 26 October 2014).
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Nelson, Jim, and Jane Nelson. "Role of the Laboratory: Power Transfer." The Role of the Laboratory in Teaching Introductory Physics. 1995. 1 Jan. 1995. 26 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3815&DocID=123>.
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