Objective Edit

To show how electricity can only pass in one direction through an LED.

Description Edit

Rebuild the circuit used in Project #7 but put the LED (D1) in as shown on the left.

When you close the slide switch (S1), current should flow from the batteries (B1) through the resistor and then through the LED. When current flows through an LED, it lights up. Since the LED is in backwards, current cannot flow. The LED is like a check valve that lets current flow in only one direction.

In this project, you changed the direction of current through the LED. An electronic component that needs to be connected in one direction is said to have polarity. Other parts like this will be discussed in future projects. Placing the LED in backwards does not harm it because the voltage is not large enough to break down this electronic component.