Series and Parallel Connection

Series and Parallel Connection
Lesson Details
What are resistor series and parallel connections? How do they affect the brightness of an LED in an electronic circuit?

Activities:

  • Making LED circuits with single, series, and parallel resistors. Reporting the circuit with maximum and minimum LED brightness.
Classroom Bundle Used: STEM Classroom Bundle, STEM Mini Classroom Bundle
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Lesson Overview

Students will learn the following things:

  • What is the series configuration in resistors, and how does it affect the overall resistance?
  • Activity – LED Circuit with two resistors in a series configuration.
  • What is the parallel configuration in resistors, and how does it affect the overall resistance?
  • Activity – LED Circuit with two resistors in a parallel configuration.

Material Required

1 set of the following material per group of 3-5 students:

Lesson Outline

Introduction & recap of the previous class - 5 minutes
What is series configuration? - 5 minutes
Activity - 20 minutes
  • Making a simple LED Circuit using evive, LED, 2 resistors in a series configuration and jumper cable.
  • Discussing why LED is glowing with less brightness?
What is parallel configuration? - 5 minutes
Activity - 20 minutes
  • Making a simple LED Circuit using evive, LED, 2 resistors in parallel configuration and jumper cable.
  • Discussing why LED is glowing with more brightness?
Wrapping up the lesson - 5 minutes

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