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ERIC Number: EJ896111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Tracking Connections: An Exercise about Series and Parallel Resistances
Jankovic, Srdjan
Physics Teacher, v48 n6 p391-393 Sep 2010
Unlike many other topics in basic physics, series and parallel resistances are rarely noticed in the real life of an ordinary individual, making it difficult to design a laboratory activity that can simulate something familiar. The activities described here entail minimal costs and are based on a puzzle-like game of tracking wire connections. A simple resistor-based device is built by students, which enables them to use a common multimeter to track down wire connections in a set of unmarked wires. A similar approach is sometimes used by electricians to identify wire connections.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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