Learners examine a general approach to solving for the current through, the voltage across, and the power dissipated by each resistor in a series DC circuit. A three-resistor series circuit is used as an example.

In this animated and interactive object, learners study how a DC circuit, consisting of a diac, a capacitor, and two resistors, causes a light-emitting diode to turn on and off. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Effects of a Rheostat in a Series-Parallel Circuit

Learners examine the current and voltage changes in a series-parallel circuit as the resistance value of a rheostat is varied. Illustrations and calculations are included.

Instantaneous Voltage Calculations of a Charging RC Circuit (Calculator TI-35X orTI-36X)

Learners view a sample of the keystrokes from a TI-35X or 36X calculator that are required to solve for the instantaneous voltage of a charging RC circuit.

In this interactive learning object, students view the ammeter connections for measuring currents in a parallel circuit with three branches on an energy concepts lab board. A brief quiz completes the activity.

Charging Time Constants of an RC Circuit (Screencast)

In this animated object, students view an explanation of how current, voltage, and the charge on a capacitor of a series RC circuit change during five time constants. A short quiz completes the activity.