Kirchoff's Voltage Law

In this lab, students will learn how to apply Kirchoff's Voltage Law (KVL) to verify the voltage drops and supply voltage in a circuit. Kirchoff's Voltage Law implies that the sum of the voltages in any closed circuit is equal to zero. It is used to determine unknown voltage drops in a closed circuit and can also be combined with Ohm's law to find unknown currents or resistances. Students will use Multisim to simulate a circuit with multiple resistors that demonstrates Kirchoff's Voltage Law and then use the NI ELVIS III to build a real circuit that further confirms this concept.

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This is lab 2 of 10 in the course, Introduction to Circuits.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Describe Kirchhoff's Voltage Law and perform calculations using it. 
  2. Confirm a total supplied voltage by measuring the voltage drops across individual components and applying KVL.


  • Basic proficiency using Multisim Live
  • Basic proficiency using ELVIS III Instruments
  • Basic knowledge of breadboarding
  • Basic knowledge of components and their behaviors


Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.

TI Analog Parts Kit for NI ELVIS III

A set of components for circuits and electronics education provided by Texas Instruments which includes all components and building blocks of any introductory electronics laboratories.

Multisim Live

Multisim Live is an online, touch-optimized component of Multisim, so students can design and simulate their circuits anywhere, anytime, on any device.

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