Capacitors are simple circuit components with advanced applications in modern electronic devices. Make these applications easy for students to understand by letting them “play” and learn with capacitors. What happens if a capacitor is connected with a battery, a resistor, and an LED? What if the resistor is changed to a higher or lower value? How will this affect the brightness and duration of the LED? Students investigate the properties and function of capacitors by using them to build and test simple circuits. By connecting a known capacitor in series with different resistors and a light-emitting diode (LED), students discover how a capacitor stores and releases charge and electrical energy. Fascinating qualitative lab includes instructions for optional quantitative study utilizing voltage probes. Complete for a class of 30 students working in pairs: 15 capacitors, 45 resistors (three different values), and 17 LEDs. Multimeters and connecting cords are required and sold separately.
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Flinn Catalog/Reference Manual Page 687