Know Your Potential

The Know Your Potential Concept Builder is comprised of three different activities with four circuits to be analyzed in each activity. While the activities are intended to be completed in order, there is nothing intrinsic about the Concept Builder that would prevent one from skipping the first activity or altering the order in which they are completed. The activities are named as follows:

 
  • Color Those Wires! : Color code wires using a ROYGB palette.
  • Which Bulbs Light? : Color code wires using a ROYGB palette and then identify which bulbs in the circuit will be lit.
  • Volt On It! : Use listed values of current (I) and resistance (R) to determine the ∆V across each bulb and the electric potential at various locations.


Teachers are encouraged to view the questions in order to judge their level of difficulty and the appropiateness of the various activities for their classroom. We have included the questions below to assist in this process.

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Activity 1: Color Those Wires!
 
Question 1:
Select a color from the ROYGB palette. Tap on a wire to color it. Use the Check Answer button once all wires have been colored.  Tip:  Begin with Red; then use Blue. Then color remaining wires.


Question 2:
Select a color from the ROYGB palette. Tap on a wire to color it. Use the Check Answer button once all wires have been colored.  Tip:  Begin with Red; then use Blue. Then color remaining wires.
 

Question 3:
Select a color from the ROYGB palette. Tap on a wire to color it. Use the Check Answer button once all wires have been colored.  Tip:  Begin with Red; then use Blue. Then color remaining wires.
 

 
 
 
Question 4:
Select a color from the ROYGB palette. Tap on a wire to color it. Use the Check Answer button once all wires have been colored.  Tip:  Begin with Red; then use Blue. Then color remaining wires.
 

 
 
 

Activity 2: Which Bulbs Light?
 
Question 1:
Use the ROYGB color palette to color all the wires. Then tap on any bulb that would light. Once done, tap the Check Answer button.  Note:  Tapping on a bulb toggles it on and off.
 

 
 
 
Question 2:
Use the ROYGB color palette to color all the wires. Then tap on any bulb that would light. Once done, tap the Check Answer button.  Note:  Tapping on a bulb toggles it on and off.
 

 
 
Question 3:
Use the ROYGB color palette to color all the wires. Then tap on any bulb that would light. Once done, tap the Check Answer button.  Note:  Tapping on a bulb toggles it on and off.
 

 
 
Question 4:
Use the ROYGB color palette to color all the wires. Then tap on any bulb that would light. Once done, tap the Check Answer button.  Note:  Tapping on a bulb toggles it on and off.
 
 
 

Activity 3: Volt On It!
 
Question 1:
The I and R values are given. Use them to determine the electric potential (in volts) at the four indicated positions. If desired, begin by using the ROYGB palette to color code the wires.
 

 
 
 
Question 2:
The I and R values are given. Use them to determine the electric potential (in volts) at the four indicated positions. If desired, begin by using the ROYGB palette to color code the wires.

 

 
 
Question 3:
The I and R values are given. Use them to determine the electric potential (in volts) at the four indicated positions. If desired, begin by using the ROYGB palette to color code the wires.
 

 
 
 
Question 4:
The I and R values are given. Use them to determine the electric potential (in volts) at the four indicated positions. If desired, begin by using the ROYGB palette to color code the wires.
 

 
 
 
 
 



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