Know Your Potential

The Know Your Potential Concept Builder is a concept-building tool that strengthens a learner's model of electric potential or electric pressure. Learners use a ROYGB color palette to color wires of the circuit to reflect the relative electric potential (or electric pressure) possessed by charge that flows in that wire. The color-coding practice allows learners to predict which bulbs will light in a complex circuit and to use ∆V = I•R to calculate the electric potential at various locations in the circuit. Know Your Potential is comprised of three different activities - Color Those Wires!, Which Bulbs Light?, and Volt On It!. There are four circuits to analyze in each activity. Progress on each activity is tracked and displayed using a series of Stars and completion of an activity is denoted by a medal that displays on the Main Menu screen. Question-specific help is provided for each of the 12 circuits. Use of this Concept Builder with our Task Tracker system allows teachers to track student progress.

Launch Concept Builder 

Users are encouraged to open the Concept Builder and explore. There is no need for an activity sheet for this Concept Builder. However, the 12 different questions can be printed. View Questions  (Teachers Only).

Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Concept Builder are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.