Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Capacitors and RC Circuits

Students construct a circuit that charges and discharges a large capacitor through a light bulb. They create a model for their observations and test the model with current sensor data. They measure the voltage across a smaller capacitor as it is discharged through a resistor and calculate the capacitance from the data.

Source: Physics Lab Station Investigations


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