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This java applet is an electronic circuit simulator.  When the applet starts up you will see an animated schematic of a simple LRC circuit. The green color indicates positive voltage.  The gray color indicates ground.  A red color indicates negative voltage.  The moving yellow dots indicate current.

To turn a switch on or off, just click on it.  If you move the mouse over any component of the circuit, you will see a short description of that component and its current state in the lower right corner of the window.  To modify a component, move the mouse over it, click the right mouse button (or control-click if you have a Mac) and select “Edit”.

The "Circuits" menu contains a lot of sample circuits for you to try.

If you don't have Java, get the Java plug-in.


Index of Circuit Examples.

More applets.

Zip archive of this applet. (double-click on circuit.jar to run)

The source.

Version 1.5h, posted 1/19/10
Version 1.5f, posted 1/4/10; lamp, spark gap, units, improved convergence

Thanks to J. Mike Rollins for the Zener diode code. Thanks to Julius Schmidt for the spark gap code and some examples.
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