Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2873C)

Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.

Voltage: Fruit Battery

Lab Summary

Use a voltage sensor to explore both the chemical and physical production of a potential difference.

Theory

This activity introduces students to voltage. The activity explores both the chemical and physical production of a potential difference and allows students to:

  • Produce a potential difference.
  • Understand the construction of a battery.
  • Understand the similarities and differences of batteries and generators.

Method

Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Using probeware to measure discrete voltages.
  • Constructing a simple fruit battery.
  • Comparing voltages of batteries in series.
  • Comparing voltages of batteries in parallel.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Voltage-Current Sensor

(PS-2115)

Allows students to safely measure voltage and current simultaneously without overloading the sensor. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Alligator clips (one red, one black) ~ 2

Series/Parallel battery holders ~ 3

Copper

Zinc

D Batteries

Variety of fruit

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Physics Starter Sensor Bundle

(PS-2923)

A sensor bundle specifically designed to get you started using probeware in your physics lab. Also: perform 26 of the 37 Lab Activities from Physics through Inquiry.

Option 2:

Physics Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2931B)

Contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Physics through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.