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Use a voltage sensor and current sensor to explore the behavior of a simple circuit of a resistor and capacitor in series.
This experiment explores the behavior of a simple series resistor and capacitor circuit. During this investigation, students compare:
- The relationship between voltage across a capacitor as part of a simple RC circuit, and the current in the circuit as the capacitor charges and discharges.
- The relationship between voltage across a resistor as part of a simple RC circuit, and the current in the circuit as the capacitor charges and discharges.
Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:
- Constructing a simple RC circuit.
- Using a voltage and current sensor to acquire data as the capacitor in the circuit is charged and discharged using a constant voltage source.
- Measuring a changing voltage.
- Measuring a changing current.
Sensors / Equipment Used:
Allows students to safely measure voltage and current simultaneously without overloading the sensor. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.
Charge/discharge circuit board
Banana plug patch cord, 4 mm ~ 5
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