Je suis K wrote:How do we practice the "practical" section? Should I just try to light up a light bulb with a wire? I know last year at the wright state invitational they had a really difficult (at least to me and my partner) practical section. Any advice?
Based off what I've seen, the practical section can be anything from the theoretical section except in real-life form. So, you still might have to solve problems, along with measuring, building, and following through certain directions. Although, read the rules to see what exactly you might see at competition. But be prepared for anything. Build series circuits, parallel circuits, combination of both, and other complex circuits. Use switches, resistors, variable resistors, etc. Measure everything you build, use Ohm's Law to find Voltage, Current, and Resistance. Build a circuit with a bulb and try to make the bulb the dimmest possible without it completely going out, and then try to make it as bright as possible. Repeat with a combination of bulbs, resistors, wire lengths, etc. Build an electromagnet, and even on one competition test you were supposed to build a simple motor based on materials given. Also, based on what you have, use different materials to build circuits. For example, get used to using a breadboard, and also alligator clips, and the "generic" copper wire. Just like any other practical lab event, practice helps the most.