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Stacked Batteries

Figure from experiment 42 from Elementary Science with Vernier


Did you ever wonder why it takes two batteries stacked together to run a flashlight or why your video game player takes four batteries? Why do they need to be put into these devices a certain way? This activity will allow you to explore how all this works by measuring the voltages across different numbers of batteries stacked together.


In this activity, you will

  • Measure the voltages of batteries as they are stacked together.
  • Compare the voltages of different types of stacked batteries.
  • Draw conclusions about batteries in electronic devices.

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?

Standards Correlations

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Experiment 42 from Elementary Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Elementary Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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