The Book of Phyz - California Standards Edition
1.08 CIRCUITS

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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.
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Current Events I - Simple Circuits
An investigation of numerical patterns in current, voltage, resistance, and power in simple circuits.
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Current Events II - Series Circuits
An investigation of numerical patterns in current, voltage, resistance, and power in series circuits.
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Current Events III - Parallel Circuits
An investigation of numerical patterns in current, voltage, resistance, and power in parallel circuits.
   
  OTHER
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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 side-by-side.
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.

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

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