Capacitor Simulation

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The camera flash works based on a simple circuit, but why does it require a capacitor? Scholars work through two levels of simulations related to circuits and capacitors. The pupils first use a simple circuit with a battery, resistor, and capacitor. Finally, they see a demonstration of a parallel circuit using both a resistor and capacitor.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Simulation best fits as a review of circuits since some pieces don't work
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Assumes prior knowledge of linear versus exponential graphs

  • Displays a data graph with each trial
  • Simulation won't progress until students give the correct answer

  • Some parts of the simulation don't work, but you can continue through it
Common Core