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Electrical Circuits—Inquiry Lab Kit for AP® Physics 1

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Item #: AP7736

Price: $106.85

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With the Electrical Circuits Inquiry Lab Kit for AP® Physics 1, determine the relationships between voltage, current and resistance for both series and parallel circuits.

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AP Physics 1, Big Idea 5, Investigation 15

Electrical circuits have become commonplace in today’s society; however, the complexity of a wiring an entire city grid to a simple light switch may often go overlooked. In this advanced-inquiry experiment, students use multimeters to determine the relationships between voltage, current and resistance for both series and parallel circuits.

A teacher-led demonstration begins the investigation by showing students the construction of simple, series and parallel circuits as well as how to measure voltage and current using a multimeter. The procedure provides a model for the guided-inquiry portion of the lab, which explores the additive nature of lightbulbs in series and in parallel circuits. A further opportunity for inquiry instructs students to construct circuits based on a predetermined set of specifications, such as current, voltage and number of elements.

Complete for 24 students working in groups of three. Multimeters and batteries are required and available separately. All materials are reusable.

Specifications

Materials Included in Kit: 
Connection wire, black, 12" with alligator clips both ends, 40
Connection wire, red, 12" with alligator clips both ends, 40
Lighbulb, miniature, 3.7 V, 20
Parallel circuit pins, 32
Receptacle, lamp, plastic, 10
Resistor, carbon film, 1.1k Ohms, ½ watt, 15
Resistor, carbon film, 220 Ohms, ½ watt, 15
Resistor, carbon film, 39 Ohms, ½ watt, 15
Resistor, carbon film, 47k Ohms, ½ watt, 15
Resistor, carbon film, 620 Ohms, ½ watt, 15
Resistor, carbon film, 8.2k Ohms, ½ watt, 15

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Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Asking questions and defining problems
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
HS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
HS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

HS-PS3-5. Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.
HS-PS4-1. Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.