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Web-Based Interactive Circuit Simulator for Introductory Physics

Web-Based Interactive Circuit Simulator for Introductory Physics

When hands-on experiences in a physical laboratory are not available, computer simulations are often the next best option. For some topics, computer simulations can provide an environment for active learning that is just as rewarding as the traditional laboratory. We present a simple circuit simulator written in Macromedia Flash that provides an interactive experience for introductory students of electricity. The current version provides a prototyping workspace, drag-and-drop selection of resistors and batteries, multimeters that can be configured to display current and/or voltage for each circuit element, and wire cutters and wire to complete and reconfigure circuits to carry out simulated experiments. Instructions are included in both text and audio format.
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Shaun Canaski
Shaun Canaski (Faculty)
10 years ago
This was a great tool, I had my students use this as a theory based tool before they created a similar circuit with these basic elements. Great resource.
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Matthew Helming
Matthew Helming (Faculty)
11 years ago
As a Technology Ed. teacher on a limited budget, this Learning Material helps greatly. Students are able to hook up circuit boards and test them, without having to use materials purchased.