Instructional Video

How Transistors Work

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Imagine 1.7 billion transistors in one tiny chip running all the operations in a microprocessor. Now imagine that that number doubles every two years. Learn all about transistors in this short video that provides easy to understand explanations for a very complex device.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Flip the lesson, having class members view the video, complete the comprehension check, and research some of the links out of class before returning for a full-class discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • The rapid pace of the video may frustrate some viewers; therefore, pause the video frequently, offer examples, and check for understanding
  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, links to related articles, and discussion questions
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