Lesson Plan

Using a Multimeter to Analyze a Solar Circuit: Measuring Current and Voltage—Calculating Power and Resistance

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Power to the people who understand electricity. A simple experiment teaches pupils how to set up an electric circuit that includes a solar module and how to measure voltage and current using a multimeter. They calculate power and resistance and then discover Ohm's law.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Apply the conclusion questions as class discussion prompts
  • Use the experiment to introduce a unit on electricity or solar energy
Classroom Considerations
  • Although basic familiarity with electricity is beneficial, the lesson does not require any background information
  • Instructions show pictures and diagrams that help show the process
  • Provides a printable worksheet
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