November 07, 2005
New Version of Circuits Gizmo: Surging With New Features!
We're extremely happy to announce that a new version of the popular Circuits Gizmo will be released in November. In addition to eliminating a bug with the previous version's handling of certain 'short' circuits, we took the opportunity to add some exciting (some might even say 'electrifying') new features:
- circuits can have multiple batteries
- an ohmmeter to measure resistance -- also, you can now directly control the precision (# of decimal places displayed) of all the meters
One key benefit of being able to use multiple batteries on the grid is that this enables you to have more than one functioning circuit onscreen at the same time. For example, you can build simple series and parallel circuits beside each other. This lets you and your students quickly compare measurements of voltage, current, and resistance between the two circuits, and also use the 'current visualization' feature to compare the current's direction and intensity in both circuits.
Of course, as the screenshot shows, we encourage you to use your creativity
to build and explore more complex circuit designs!
Let us know what you think!
[Screen shot of the new Circuits Gizmo at 50% scale]