In this lab student use a digital multimeter to measure the voltage in a series circuit. By using two lamps they can measure the voltage drop over each light individually as well as both together to see how voltage in series adds together and equals the power (voltage) supplied by the battery. Extension idea encourages the students to add an additional light to solidify these concepts.
♦ Multimeters can measure voltage
♦ The voltage supplied by the batteries in a circuit will equal that used by the resistors (lights) in a circuit.
♦ Identical lights will divide power evenly in a series circuit.
two 1.5 V batteries, 2 battery holders, alligator clips, two twinkle lights digital multimeter
This lab takes about 40 mins.
Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
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