Electronics, First Edition

The electric force provides structure to everyday objects, energy for most of our activities, and the flexibility to create complex circuitry to contour, manage and exploit electrons to make them do our bidding. In this course, students work with electronic components and meters to build simple and complex circuits, measure and monitor electric properties, and discover how different components affect circuits. They make and read schematics, and construct solid-state devices. Finally, they construct meaningful explanations for the powerful interactions taking place in their systems.

Investigation 1: Circuits
Students discover how to create complete circuits and how to identify series, parallel, and short circuits.
Investigation 2: Resistors 1
Students discover how resistors influence the performance of lamps in electrical circuits, and develop a model that explains what resistance is and how it might affect the flow of current in a circuit.
Investigation 3: Voltage
Students explore, measure and manipulate one of the two main attributes of electricity, voltage, and discover how voltage can be influenced by components in a circuit.
Investigation 4: Electronic Dissection
Students explore electronic consumer products to discover the kinds and numbers of electronic components used in their design, and consider the impact of technology on American life.
Investigation 5: Resistors 2
Students discover the rules for predicting the total resistance imposed by multiple resistors placed in series and/or parallel.
Investigation 6: Diodes
Students discover the characteristics of diodes and compare their behavior in circuits to the behavior of other components with which they are familiar.
Investigation 7: Capacitors
Students discover the characteristics of capacitors, compare them to components with which they are familiar, and use them in circuits to perform new functions.
Investigation 8: Current
This investigation leads students to understand the concept of electric current, and to use their understanding to solve circuit problems.
Investigation 9: Transistors
Students discover the characteristics of transistors,compare them to components with which they are familiar, and use them in circuits to perform new functions.