Posts Tagged ‘current’

Ohm’s Law

Friday, April 29th, 2011

We are going to investigate the relationship between voltage, current and resistance in an electrical circuit.  This is called Ohm’s Law.   This might be useful to read first.

Log on to the online circuit construction kit we have been using in class.  Build a circuit containing 1 battery and 1 resistor in series.  Add in an ammeter and a voltmeter.  REMEMBER – ammeters in series and voltmeters in parallel.  Record the values for current, voltage and resistance in this table. Ohm’s Law data

Now change the resistance.  Record the data for current and voltage in your table.  Collect at least 10 pieces of data – or more if you need to, until you see a pattern emerging.  Add in another battery, and take some more readings.  Keep adding in batteries and recording data.  Can you come up with a relationship between each of these three quantities?

Using excel, draw a graph of voltage against current.  Add a trendline, label axes, give a title.  What does the gradient of the line tell us?

Hand in your data tables and graph for grading.  FINALRubric DCP

Current electricity

Monday, April 25th, 2011

There are LOTS of cool links coming up in the blog post.  Explore them.  Try them out.  You will learn stuff!

Tim and Moby at brainpop have lots to say on this topic.  Here are links to one, two, three of their videos.

Here is Mr Dickinson’s “soldier’s marching” analogy: Electric Circuit

This site has really good, easy to follow information on all matters concerning electric circuits.  We will use this online circuit construction site as well.  And watch this: YouTube Preview Image

Electricity terms and symbols

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Electricity pillar by Dhammika Heenpella Images of Sri Lanka on flickr

As with any new topic there is new vocabulary to learn.  Find out the meaning of the following electricity terms:-

circuit, series circuit, parallel circuit, current, voltage, potential difference, resistance, diode, ammeter, voltmeter, amperes, volts, ohms

Draw correct symbols for the following pieces of electrical equipment:-

lamp, cell, battery, voltmeter, ammeter, resistor, fuse, switch

Here are a few links to help get you started.  S-coolBBC BitesizeGCSE.com