Series and Parallel Circuits PreLab Activity
- Watch Series and Parallel Circuits video.
- Read this article on conductors and insulators.
- In your lab notebooks define a series circuits, parallel circuits, conductors, and insulators. Make sure use your own words.
- Complete the quiz and see me before you move on.
Click here to run the circuit simulation. Answer the questions below in your lab notebooks.
- Create a series circuit to light one single bulb and sketch your circuit.
- Create a circuit made up of more than one bulb and a single battery. Build your circuit so that if there is a gap in your circuit all of the bulbs go out. Sketch and identify your circuit type.
- Create a circuit made up of more than one bulb and a single battery. Build your circuit so that if there is a gap in your circuit only one bulb goes out. Sketch and identify your circuit type.
1. Build a series circuit with two light bulbs.
2. Open grab bag and add one of each item into your circuit. Draw a table in your lab notebook. Record your observations and identify each object as an insulator or a conductor in this table.
Answer the following questions in your lab notebooks using complete sentences.
- If you were designing a lighting system for your room, which conductor would you use for the wiring and which circuit would you set up? Explain your logic and provide examples from the lab.
- Think of an average house/apartment: In which part of the dwelling would it be appropriate/useful to set up a series circuit? In which part of the dwelling would it be appropriate/useful to set up a parallel circuit? Explain your reasoning for each.