Electricity Lesson: Building Circuits Online

ONE OF my favorite sources of learning materials online is PhET, which is run Colorado University. Here is another activity I designed using a simulation available on the PhET website in teaching basic circuits.

Electricity is one interesting topic in Physics because it is a phenomenon that students encounter everyday but they don’t fully understand yet. A lot of them even has fears about dealing with electrical equipment.

In this activity, students will build basic circuits in their computers. They will be able to observe Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Rules for current and voltage. They will also see the effect of the magnitudes of current and voltage on the intensity of light emitted by the light bulbs.

Here is a screenshot of the simulation:

circuit simulation

This simulation can also be accessed online via this link: PhET online circuit laboratory simulation

I prepared a worksheet to guide students through the activity. You may also download and modify it for your physics classes:

I hope this activity will make learning physics fun.

Ariel Lalisan

Ariel Lalisan

Ariel Lalisan is a physics teacher at Alabel National Science High School. He is an advocate of constructivism approach in education. He employs active learning and independent learning in his lessons, and, of course, a lot of technology integration. His goal is to produce students who can solve problems on their own using the concepts they learn in the classroom. Ariel Lalisan is a Google Certified Innovator (Google Teachers Academy Southeast Asia 2014) and a community leader at Google Educator Group Sarangani. He is a co-founder of SoCCSKSarGen and he won the Globe Media Excellence Blogger of the Year Award in 2015.

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2 thoughts on “Electricity Lesson: Building Circuits Online

  1. please send me simulations of physics lessons that would make students learn physics for fun and send me pls some strategies that i will use to teach physics for fun.

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