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Making Connections: Circuits

Figure from experiment 4 from Investigating Solar Energy

Introduction

The solar panels you use in this experiment produce a relatively small amount of power—only enough to light up a single LED or quietly play a song. What if you want more power? Do you think you could connect multiple solar panels together? How would you do this? In this experiment you will explore different ways of connecting solar panels.

Objectives

  • Measure the power output of one, two, and three solar panels with an Energy Sensor.
  • Build series and parallel circuits.
  • Use data-collection software to calculate mean (average) values.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Investigating Solar Energy

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Introduction to Solar Panels
2Exploring Solar Energy
3Introduction to the Vernier Energy Sensor
4Making Connections: Circuits
5Solar Panel Output: Effect of Load
6Solar Panel Output: Effect of Shade
7Solar Panel Output: Effect of Angle
8Pumping Water with Solar Energy
9Exploring Surface Temperature
10Project: Solar Homes
11Project: What's Cookin'?

Experiment 4 from Investigating Solar Energy Lab Book

<i>Investigating Solar Energy</i> book cover

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