Electric Analogies

We can see the result of electricity  but not the process itself. The simulation compares electric circuits to a water tower and water wheel cycle. Young scientists adjust the height of the tower, the amount of resistance, and if the configuration is in parallel, series, or a single resistor.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create circuits in both series and parallel
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Assumes prior knowledge of energy transfer, resistance, voltage, and current

  • In addition to the on-level worksheet questions, three challenge questions and one community question in the simulation encourage higher-level thinking
  • Displays a graph of voltage versus current for each trial

  • None
Common Core