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GUIDES  
1  Simple
Circuits Sets the standard by which all other circuits will be compared. Sort of a "Coach Smith" of circuits. 
2  Series
Circuits Describes the series circuit and how it differs from the simple circuit. 
3  Parallel
Circuits Describes the parallel circuit and how it differs from the simple circuit. 
JOBS  
1  Series Circuits
Springboard  Answers
 Presentation (QuickTime) Uses the slide analogy to teach the numerical relations between current, voltage, resistance, and power in series circuits. 
2  Parallel
Circuits Springboard  Answers  Presentation
(QuickTime) Uses the slide analogy to teach the numerical relations between current, voltage, resistance, and power in parallel circuits. 
3  Series
Circuits Number Puzzles  Answers Numerical problems to be solved using Ohm's law, Joule's law, and the principles of series circuits. 
4  Parallel
Circuits Number Puzzles  Answers Numerical problems to be solved using Ohm's law, Joule's law, and the principles of parallel circuits. 
5  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. 
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! 

LABS  
1  Batteries
and
Bulbs Given a battery, bulb, and wire, construct a working circuit. And other conceptual adventures in simple circuitry. LabNotes Keynote Presentation 
2  An
Open and Short Case Determine the difference between an open circuit and a short circuit. LabNotes Keynote Presentation 
3  Be the
Battery! Using the Genecon to power a circuit, feel what it's like to power a short circuit, an open circuit, and a normal circuit. One of those will wear you down fast. 
4 
Current
Events
I
 Simple Circuits An investigation of numerical patterns in current, voltage, resistance, and power in simple circuits. 
5 
Current Events II
 Series Circuits An investigation of numerical patterns in current, voltage, resistance, and power in series circuits. 
6 
Current Events
III  Parallel Circuits An investigation of numerical patterns in current, voltage, resistance, and power in parallel circuits. 
OTHER  
1 2 
Circuits
Begins With an M Part of the "Physics Begins with an M" series. Make a transperency and put it on the overhead on the first day of the unit to enhance curiousity in the material of the unit. Circuits Begins With an M Keynote A nifty Keynote presentation of the M's. (Keynote is Apple's presentation software; PowerPoint is Microsoft's presentation software.) Trust me, neither Keynote nor PowerPoint are The Great Saviors of education. I recommend using them sparingly if at all. Better to teach! 
3  Mechanical
Universe: Simple DC Circuits This episode covers current electricity, Ohm's law, and even Kirchoff's laws. Alternate forms accommodate students seated sidebyside. 
4  Circuits Crossword Puzzle Grid  Clues Crossword puzzles are highly personalized and may not always translate well from my classroom to yours. 
5  NEW: PracTest
Complete OLD: Practice Test Questions  Answers Sample test questions covering electric circuits. 
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