Learners compare the experience of driving an auto to the circuit responses of RL (resistance/inductance) circuits and RC (resistance/capacitance) circuits. Acceleration, position, speed, and torque are graphed.
In this animated object, learners observe the voltage on a capacitor at various time constants when it either charges or discharges. Students then answer questions in the categories of Identify, Compare, and Compute.
Charging Time Constants of an RC Circuit (Screencast)
In this animated object, students view an explanation of how current, voltage, and the charge on a capacitor of a series RC circuit change during five time constants. A short quiz completes the activity.