Electrical Energy and Solar Module Efficiency (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Brett McFarland
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electrical energy
Calculating power
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will document necessary terms in their journals 2. Students will be able to set up a multimeter to measure voltage 3. Students will be able to set up a multimeter to measure current 4. Students will be able to calculate power from data collected 5. Students should be able to measure the collector area of a solar module (area of solar cell(s) within solar module) and represent this value in square meters (m^2)

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
N.Q .1
N.Q .2
N.Q .3
F.IF.4

This lesson will let students do research to define terms that will be used in this unit. They will record this information in their Journals, which can be scientific or simple homemade notebooks. This lesson will also introduce the multimeter, small solar modules, and how to calculate power. Students will compare the power of the module to its... View full description >>