This item is a one-day high school lab investigation of factors causing short circuits in both series and parallel circuits. Detailed lab instructions are accompanied by diagrams and prediction charts to gauge preconceived notions against the observed outcomes. The lab materials are readily accessible and inexpensive to obtain. This page is part of a larger online educators guide on the topic of Circuits.
circuit labs, electric circuits, electricity, short circuits
Metadata instance created
June 5, 2007
by Caroline Hall
July 3, 2012
by Lyle Barbato
Last Update when Cataloged:
January 1, 2004
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy Unit Title: Moving Charges and Electric Circuits
This one-day lab is a great way for students to investigate factors causing short circuits. Reproducible prediction charts help students learn by gauging their preconceived ideas against observed outcomes in the lab. Materials are readily accessible and inexpensive to obtain.
Baird, D. (2004, January 1). Phyzlab: Open and Short Case - An Investigation of Faulty Circuits. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://marge.ragesw.com/~phyzorg/phyz/BOP/1-08CRCT/L-Open_and_Short_Case.pdf
Baird, Dean. Phyzlab: Open and Short Case - An Investigation of Faulty Circuits. January 1, 2004. http://marge.ragesw.com/~phyzorg/phyz/BOP/1-08CRCT/L-Open_and_Short_Case.pdf (accessed 23 October 2014).
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The PhET Circuit Simulator is a good choice for beginning high school physics or physical science. Students go online to build a virtual DC circuit, using the mouse to attach wires, batteries, switches, and resistors. This particular simulation has received excellent reviews in extensive field testing, especially when done in conjunction with a hands-on lab.