The Book of Phyz - AP Physics 1
AP1.10 INTRO TO CIRCUITS

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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, cross-sectional 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
Bun-Burning Power - Answers
Uses the analogy comparing simple circuits to playground slides to conceptually develop Joule's Law.
5
Simple Circuit Wrap-Up - 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
Hands-on 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 (QuickTimeóBIG 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 side-by-side.

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

PracTest and Answers




Click here for a legend and explanation of cryptic terms and abbreviations.

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