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Making Connections: Circuits

Figure from experiment 4 from Solar Energy Explorations

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 Go Direct Energy.
  • 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.

Additional Requirements

Graphical Analysis 4

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Developing and using models
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter

Solar Energy Explorations

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Renewable Energy
2Introduction to Solar Panels and Solar Energy
3Measuring Energy
4Making Connections: Circuits
5Solar Panel Output: Effect of Load
6Solar Panel Output: Effect of Shade
7Solar Panel Output: Effect of Angle
8Solar Panel Output: Effect of Temperature
9Project: Build a Solar Car

Experiment 4 from Solar Energy Explorations Lab Book

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

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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