7A10.40-Solar cells

7a1040solar cells

Video: Watch this demo

Instructor’s video

Description: This demonstration illustrates the function of a solar panel


  • Solar cell apparatus
  • Table clamp lamp
  • (Optional) Voltmeter
  • (Optional) Ammeter

Setup Procedure:

  1. Clamp the lamp to the table.
  2. Position the solar cell apparatus so the light will shine on it.

Demonstration Procedure:

  1. Turn the motor on. Note nothing happens.
  2. Turn on the table lamp.
  3. Note that enough power is provided by the solar array to power the electric motor.
  4. You may connect a voltmeter in parallel or ammeter in series across the two terminals to read off the voltage and current provided by the solar array.