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Kirchoff’s Rules—Inquiry Lab Kit for AP® Physics 2

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Item #: AP8003

Price: $134.00

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In the Kirchoff’s Rules Inquiry Lab Kit for AP® Physics 2, apply Kirchoff’s rules to resistor–capacitator (RC) circuits and determine the effect of placing capacitators in series and in parallel.

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AP Physics 2 Big Ideas 4 & 5, Investigation 8

Capacitors are essential for general power management in electronic circuits like charging units. They collect charge when connected to a battery and release the charge when the battery is removed. This prevents loss of current in the circuit. Capacitors can also limit current by collecting charge and building a voltage.

The purpose of this advanced-inquiry lab activity is to apply Kirchoff’s rules to resistor–capacitor (RC) circuits and study the effect the arrangement of circuit components has on current and changes in potential. First, students practice the laboratory technique of using a multimeter to measure the current and potential difference across resistors in series and parallel circuits. Ohm’s law is used to confirm the resistance values printed on the resistors. The procedure provides a model for the guided-inquiry design of experiments to determine the effect of placing capacitors in series and in parallel. As an optional extension, the RC time constant for various arrangements may be predicted and assessed for accuracy.

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


Materials Included in Kit: 
Bag, resealable, 2" x 3", 15
Capacitor, 1000 uF, 25 V, axial electrolytic, 30
Connection wire 12" with alligator clips both ends, black, 40 pcs
Connection wire 12" with alligator clips both ends, red, 40 pcs
Parallel circuit pins, 32 pc
Resistor, carbon filim, 1.1k ohms, ½ watt, 15 pcs
Resistor, carbon filim, 8.2k ohms, ½ watt, 15 pcs
Resistor, carbon filim, 220 ohms, ½ watt, 15 pcs
Resistor, carbon filim, 620 ohms, ½ watt, 15 pcs

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Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
HS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-3. Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces