Researchers studying semiconductors are looking to create new semiconductors that could revolutionize our technology. In these resources, students learn about resistance and apply this knowledge to explore how semiconductors might work (KS3), recognise IV graphs and calculate resistanc (KS4), consider error in measurements (KS5), and apply what they know to identify and analyse uses and limitations of semiconductors (KS5).

KS3  What is resistance?

KS4  Ohm’s law and Ohmic conductors

KS5  Resistivity and error in measurement

KS5  What is a Semiconductor?
Learning outcomes: 1 Describe resistance in an electrical circuit. Define an insulator and conductor and predict what a semiconductor is. 3. Understand the uses of semiconductors.
Teachers Notes
Student Worksheet
Learning Outcomes: 1. Recognise IV graphs and the limitations of Ohm’s Law. 2. Apply Ohm’s law to calculate resistance of a component and circuit. 3. Identify and analyse uses and limitations of semiconductors.
Teachers Notes
Student Worksheet
Learning Outcomes: 1. Define resistivity and determine the equation of resistivity. 2. Identify systematic and random errors. 3. Assess the uncertainty of measurements.
Teachers Notes
Student Worksheet
Learning Outcomes: 1. Recognise IV graphs and the limitations of Ohm’s Law. 2. Describe the difference between an Ohmic conductor and a semiconductor. 3. Identify and analyse uses and limitations of semiconductors.
Teachers Notes
Student Worksheet