Try connecting solar cells in series and parallel circuits and compare and explain the results
Solar cells need to be connected in an electrical circuit to be able to produce electricity. With any electrical circuit, it needs to be complete to allow electricity to flow through it and power electrical devices. All the wires must go in a full loop from the power source and back again, and if there are any gaps in the circuit, electricity will not flow.
There are 2 different ways in which circuits can be connected: series and parallel. This activity will demonstrate how solar cells can be used in an electrical circuit, and how connecting them in different ways will produce different results.
This resource was developed by The Solar Spark at the University of Edinburgh.
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