Short circuits

Short circuits
Publication Date: June, 2014
Type of Resource: Practical activity/investigation

This downloadable resource allows students to experience an electrical short circuit safely.

The resource details a student practical activity that enables students to cause, and investigate the effects of, a short circuit in a low power situation.

The students assemble a simple circuit consisting of a power supply and a light globe. They then temporarily short out the light globe and observe what happens.

The activity includes questions for students to answer.

Additional Information

Suggested time: 15–30 minutes.

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