6. Simulated Circuits

Melissa Beemsterboer
30 minutes
High School Honors Physics


In this lesson, students will use a PHeT simulation to further investigate circuits. First, they will familiarize themselves with some of the more intricate and complicated parts of circuits, namely resistivity, short circuits, and switches. They will also be asked for the first time to think about circuits in terms of a simple programming language (using if/then statements). This is simply to "whet their whistle", so to speak. Later lessons will further delve into the programming side of circuitry, ending in an assessment that asks them to actually program an arduino-type device.

Underlying Pages


Next Generation Science Standards
  • Engineering, Technology, Applications of Science
  • Physical Science
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concept
    • Systems
    • Energy
  • NGSS Practice
    • Analyzing Data
    • Constructing Explanations, Designing Solutions
    • Using Models
    • Using Mathematics
    • Conducting Investigations
Computational Thinking in STEM
  • Data Practices
    • Analyzing Data
    • Collecting Data
    • Visualizing Data
  • Modeling and Simulation Practices
    • Assessing Computational Models
    • Constructing Computational Models
  • Computational Problem Solving Practices
    • Computer Programming
    • Troubleshooting and Debugging