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Electric Circuits Activity—Measuring Voltage of Batteries

In this lab student use a digital multimeter to measure the voltage of a variety of batteries. Can you tell a battery’s voltage by looking at it? Only if you read the label! Batteries come in many sizes and voltages and one doesn’t determine the other. 

Concepts Addressed
♦  Multimeters can measure voltage
♦  Batteries come in a variety of voltages
♦  Size of battery does not equate to voltage or power

Materials Needed
assorted batteries, digital multimeter or voltmeter 

Time Required
This lab takes about 40 mins.
Student Sheets
Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 

Electric Circuits Activity—Measuring Voltage of Batteries


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