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Spring Break: A Lesson in Circuits

Length: 6+ Hours

Discipline: Physics and Astronomy

Level: Introductory (majors and non-majors)

Author: Duch, Barbara

This case, taught in a problem-based learning format, introduces students to the topics of electricity and circuits within the context of house wiring. Students explore the properties of series and parallel circuits, research local wiring codes, calculate the current used by appliances based on their power ratings, and, finally, design circuits in a typical kitchen.

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