Ch 12: Direct Current Circuits Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Direct Current Circuits chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about electrical currents and circuitry. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Direct Current Circuits chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday What is Electric Current? - Definition, Unit and Types;
Electrical Resistance: Definition, Unit and Variables;
Electric Circuit Fundamentals: Components and Types
A look at direct and alternating currents;
How atoms can impede the progress of the flow of electrons;
Electron flow through series and parallel circuits
Tuesday Series Circuits: Definition and Concepts An exploration of circuit and single pathways
Wednesday Parallel Circuits: Definition and Concepts The characteristics of parallel circuits and components
Thursday Applying Kirchhoff's Rules: Examples and Problems A look at how the amount of electrical current entering or exiting a junction must be equal
Friday Resistor-Capacitor (RC) Circuits: Definition and Explanation How resistors and capacitors are combined in circuitry

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Direct Current Circuits Lesson Plans
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What is Electric Current? - Definition, Unit & Types

1. What is Electric Current? - Definition, Unit & Types

Like a river current is the flow of water molecules, electrical current is the flow of charged particles. In this lesson, we're going to explore what electrical current is, what causes it, and that, unlike a water current, electrical current doesn't always flow in one direction.

Electrical Resistance: Definition, Unit & Variables

2. Electrical Resistance: Definition, Unit & Variables

We'll take a shopping trip to the mall to learn how electrical resistance works and how it is affected by resistivity, conductor dimensions, and temperature. We'll also take a look at several common appliances that take advantage of resistance to function.

Electric Circuit Fundamentals: Components & Types

3. Electric Circuit Fundamentals: Components & Types

Electric circuits can be configured to power several loads, such as light bulbs, in series or in parallel. In this lesson, we'll look at both types of circuits and see how the voltage, current, and resistance are affected by installing additional loads.

Series Circuits: Definition & Concepts

4. Series Circuits: Definition & Concepts

When you flip a switch to turn your lights on, you are completing a circuit and providing a pathway for electrons to flow. In this lesson, you'll learn how connecting devices in a series along that circuit affects the current and resistance throughout.

Parallel Circuits: Definition & Concepts

5. Parallel Circuits: Definition & Concepts

People moving through an airport are similar to electrons moving through a circuit. Parallel circuits are one type of simple circuit, and they get their name from the multiple, parallel paths they provide for electron flow.

Applying Kirchhoff's Rules: Examples & Problems

6. Applying Kirchhoff's Rules: Examples & Problems

Ohm's Law can be useful for analyzing simple circuits, but when circuits are more complex, as they often are, we can instead analyze the circuits using Kirchhoff's rules. Learn about Kirchhoff's rules in this lesson.

Resistor-Capacitor (RC) Circuits: Definition & Explanation

7. Resistor-Capacitor (RC) Circuits: Definition & Explanation

Resistor-capacitor (RC) circuits are everywhere because they are useful in our everyday lives. The current in these circuits varies with time, making them both practical and common in many types of electronic equipment.

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