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What Is a Capacitor? Super Value Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7412 

Price: $60.46

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In the What Is a Capacitor? Electricity and Circuits Laboratory Kit, “play” and learn with capacitors, which are simple circuit components with advanced applications in modern electronic devices.

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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.

Super Value Kit is complete for 15 students groups. All materials are reusable. Multimeters and connecting cords are required and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Capacitor, axial electrolytic, 1000 uF, 25 V, 15
LED, red, 17
Resistor, carbon film, 1.1k ohms, ½ watt, 15
Resistor, carbon film, 220 ohms, ½ watt, 15
Resistor, carbon film, 620 ohms, ½ watt, 15

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS3.C: Relationship between Energy and Forces

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
HS-PS1-1: Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.