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GUIDES  
1  Electricity
Examples Definitions of quantities, explanations of equations, worked out example problems. 
2 
Batteries
and
Current Gives a brief history and explanation of the battery and a definition of current. 
3 
Circuit
Basics Pretty standard discussion of what happens in a simple electric circuit. 
4 
The Slider
Circuit Describes an analogy between electric circuits and playground slides. 
5  Series
Circuits Describes the series circuit and how it differs from the simple circuit. 
6 
Parallel
Circuits Describes the parallel circuit and how it differs from the simple circuit. 
7 
Resistance How resistance depends on length, crosssectional area, and resistivity of a conductor. 
JOBS  
1 
Analog
Measurement Technique 2  Answers  Presentation (QuickTime) Measurement involving a digit of estimation on the arcing scale of a voltmeter or ammeter. 
2 
Current and Voltage Springboard
 Answers
 Presentation (QuickTime) Mechanical analogies for developing the meanings of current and voltage. 
3 
Understanding
the
Slide Uses the analogy comparing simple circuits to playground slides to conceptually develop Ohm's Law. 
4 
BunBurning
Power  Answers Uses the analogy comparing simple circuits to playground slides to conceptually develop Joule's Law. 
5 
Simple
Circuit
WrapUp  Answers
 Presentation
(QuickTime) Review of the principles and ratios concerning the simple circuit. 
6 
Series for Realsies From abstract to concrete: numerical patterns in series circuits. 
7 
Series
Circuits Springboard  Answers
 Presentation
(QuickTime) Uses the slide analogy to teach the numerical relations between current, voltage, resistance, and power in series circuits. 
8 
Series
Circuits Number Puzzles  Answers Numerical problems to be solved using Ohm's law, Joule's law, and the principles of series circuits. 
9 
Parallel for Realsies From abstract to concrete: numerical patterns in parallel circuits. 
10 
Parallel
Circuits Springboard  Answers
 Presentation
(QuickTime) Uses the slide analogy to teach the numerical relations between current, voltage, resistance, and power in parallel circuits. 
11 
Parallel
Circuits Number Puzzles  Answers Numerical problems to be solved using Ohm's law, Joule's law, and the principles of parallel circuits. 
12 
More
Circuits Number Puzzles  Answers Numerical problems to be solved using Ohm's law, Joule's law, and the principles of series and parallel circuits. 
12 
Springboard:
Resistance is NOT Futile  Answers Building the Law of Resistance conceptually, one variable at a time. 
LABS  The unlinked titles below are available in the Conceptual Physics lab manual from Pearson Education  Amazon link  
1 
Ohm, Ohm on the Range Handson development of Ohm's Law. Introduces ammeters, voltmeters, and power supplies. 
2  Batteries and Bulbs Given a battery, bulb, and wire, construct a working circuit. And other conceptual adventures in simple circuitry. 
DEMO  
Brainiacs: Electric Fence
 Presentation (QuickTime—BIG
FILE!) A nicely produced segment from the British series, Brainiac: Science Abuse. I chopped it up to allow for inquiry, debate, and discussion. Highly recommended! 

OTHER  
Mechanical
Universe: Simple DC Circuits This episode covers current electricity, Ohm's law, and even Kirchoff's laws. Alternate forms accommodate students seated sidebyside. 

Circuits Crossword Puzzle Grid
 Clues Crossword puzzles are highly personalized and may not always translate well from my classroom to yours. 

PracTest and
Answers 

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