Advanced Placement / Physics

RC Circuits

In this lab, students will use a voltage–current sensor and an AC/DC electronics laboratory to determine how the potential differences across resistors and capacitors in a simple RC circuit differ when the capacitor is charging, discharging, and fully charged, and how these differences affect the current through each component in the circuit.

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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
11.3 4.E.5.1; 4.E.5.2; 4.E.5.3

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AC/DC Electronics Laboratory

AC/DC Electronics Laboratory

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Source: Lab #15

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 2

RC Circuits