Lesson Plan: Cells in Series Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to calculate the total emf of a set of cells that are connected in series.


Students will be able to

  • recognize that cells can be connected in series, with each cell aligned the same way,
  • recall what the circuit symbol for a cell is,
  • recall that when cells are connected in series, the total emf is equal to the sum of the emfs of each cell,
  • recall that a battery is a set of cells.


Students should already be familiar with

  • what potential difference is,
  • the idea that potential difference is measured in volts.


Students will not cover

  • the rules for potential difference, current, or resistance for any other type of circuit component,
  • non-direct current,
  • Ohm’s law,
  • internal resistance.

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