Physics: Series and Parallel Circuits

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Investigate the differences between series, parallel, and complex circuits.

Explore Ohm’s law.

Calculate the amount of current moving through a circuit.

Examine the behavior of current traveling through different circuits.

Understand why light bulbs may or may not go out when another light bulb goes out in a circuit.

Represent resistance in pictures, equations, and statements.

Investigate equivalent resistance.

The AC VBook titled “Physics – Series and Parallel Circuits” walks you through the following topics:

Series Circuits
Experiment: Making Series Circuits
Series Circuits
Analysis of Current and Potential Difference in a Series Circuit
Analysis of Current in a Series Circuit
Analysis of Potential Difference in a Series Circuit
Equivalent Resistance in Series Circuits
Ammeters

Parallel Circuits
Parallel Circuits
Analysis of Parallel Circuits
Current Analysis
Potential Difference Analysis
Calculation of Equivalent Resistance
Short Circuits
Voltmeters

Complex Circuits
Making Complex Circuits
Analysis of Complex Circuits
Finding Equivalent Resistance in a Complex Circuit
Finding Current Passing through Resistors in Complex Circuits
Finding Unknown Resistors in Complex Circuits
Finding Potential Differences across the Resistors in Complex Circuits