Science (2015) Grade(s): 09-12 - Physical Science


Construct simple series and parallel circuits containing resistors and batteries and apply Ohm’s law to solve typical problems demonstrating the effect of changing values of resistors and voltages.

Unpacked Content

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Developing and Using Models

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect


Students know:
  • A series circuit is a closed circuit in which resistors are arranged in a chain and the current follows only one path.
  • A parallel circuit is a closed in which the current divides into two or more paths before recombining to complete the circuit.
  • A multimeter is a device consisting of one or more meters, as an ammeter and voltmeter, used to measure two or more electrical quantities in an electric circuit, as voltage, resistance, and current.
  • Energy can be transferred from place to place by electric currents.


Students are able to:
  • Construct a series circuit with resistors (bulbs) and batteries.
  • Construct a parallel circuit with resistors (bulbs) and batteries.
  • Use a multimeter to take data of amps, ohms and volts for the circuits.
  • Use Ohm's law to verify your circuit current, resistance, and voltage amounts.


Students understand that:
  • Energy released by electricity can move from place to place.
  • Ohm's law formulas may be used to calculate electrical values to design circuits.and use electricity in a useful way.


  • Circuit
  • Resistor
  • Wire
  • Battery
  • Bulbs
  • Capacitor
  • Conductor
  • Insulator
  • Charge
  • Amps
  • Volts
  • Ohms
  • Multimeter