topics:electricity_and_circuits

### Table of Contents

## Electricity and Basic Circuits

### Contents

### Summary Sheets

- DC circuits in a nutshell (two page summary)

### Practice Problems

- An in-class worksheet on Schematic models of simple battery circuits provides hands-on practice to concepts
- An in-class worksheet to verify Kirchoff's voltage law
- Simplifying circuits: DC circuit practice problems and DC circuit practice problems with solutions
- Practice problems to compute V, I and P for each component of simple circuits.

### Basic Electricity and DC circuits

Reading

**Read this:**Introduction to DC Circuits (PDF) notes provide the core reading for the ME 120 modules on DC circuits.- To get a background on electricity from basic physics and chemistry, readBasic electricity, Ohms Law (PDF).

Lecture Slides

- Power dissipation, resistors in series, in parallel: PDF
- Kirchoff's Current and Voltage Laws: PDF
- Voltage dividers and Potentiometers: PDF

Example problems

- Example problem and solution for series and parallel combinations of resistors
- Derive an equation for resistance of a photoresistor as a function of illumination

### Using Multimeters and Breadboards

- In-class example on using a multimeter and a breadboard Slides in PDF

Videos:

- iFixit YouTube video on how to use a multimeter
- Digikey YouTube video on how to use a multimeter
- Colin's lab YouTube video on solderless breadboards and soldering perfboards

### Video Lectures

##### Power dissipation, resistors in series, in parallel

(8:00)

##### Kirchoff's Current and Voltage Laws

(8:00)

##### Voltage dividers and Potentiometers

(6:45)

Derivation of voltage divider output formula:

How to use a Multimeter: PDF

(13:00)

Using a multimeter to measure potentiometer resistance and voltage output

### Sample Circuits

- PDF with instructions on how to built a circuit to power an LED.

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