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Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignment: Electrical Safety 1
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This homework assignment is a realistic problem based on household electrical circuits. ...

This homework assignment is a realistic problem based on household electrical circuits. The user must make estimations of physical parameters from the properties, sizes, and shapes of common objects. Topics covered include Ohm's Law, resistivity, capacitance, alternating current, and circuits.

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Author:
Edward F. Redish
Patrick Cooney
Point Charge Electric Field in 1D Model
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The Point Charge Electric Field in 1D model investigates the electric field ...

The Point Charge Electric Field in 1D model investigates the electric field at various positions along a line, when there are either one or two charged particles on that line. The electric field is represented in two ways. First, there is a movable positive test charge that you can move along the line to sample the field at various locations - the direction of the force on that test charge is the same as the direction of the electric force on the test charge. The second way to represent the electric field is to plot a graph of the electric field as a function of position. For the graph, we define positive field as a field pointing to the right, and negative field as a field pointing to the left.

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Computing and Information
Physics
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Andrew Duffy
Point Charge Forces in 1D Model
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The Point Charge Forces in One-Dimension model investigates the electric force that ...

The Point Charge Forces in One-Dimension model investigates the electric force that one charged particle exerts on another. The electric force is shown in three ways. First, particle 2 can be dragged left or right to sample the force at various locations - the force on each particle is shown with an arrow. Second, the numerical value of each force is shown in the table at the bottom. Third, you can check the box at the top of the menu to plot a graph of the electric force as a function of position. For the graph (and the numerical values), we define positive force as a force pointing to the right, and negative force as a force pointing to the left. The Point Charge Forces in One-Dimension was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the ejs_bu_Point_Charge_Force_1D.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

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Computing and Information
Education
Physics
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Andrew Duffy
Science NetLinks: Light 1: Making Light of Science
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This item is a standards-based lesson plan for grades 6-8 on light ...

This item is a standards-based lesson plan for grades 6-8 on light and the electromagnetic spectrum. It provides an "e-worksheet" for student use as they explore a 3-part interactive web site. The first exploration introduces them the idea that all light travels as waves, and that wavelength defines the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The second takes them through each band of the spectrum, with a focus on visible light. In the third investigation, users do simple calculations relating to wavelength and amplitude. Included procedures to seamlessly incorporate hands-on activities with Slinky toys and prisms to augment the interactive web materials. Assessments with answer keys are also provided. <i>Allow two days with a third day for review.</i> This item is part of a larger collection of lessons, all of which are aligned with specific AAAS Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy.

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Physics
Space Science
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Florida Solar Energy Center: K-12 Curricula
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This website contains nine sets of curriculum materials on renewable energy sources, ...

This website contains nine sets of curriculum materials on renewable energy sources, organized into units of instruction for Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. In the High Energy Hydrogen units, students investigate how a fuel cell converts energy directly into usable electric power and why the process is pollution-free. The award-winning Solar Matters collection includes manuals for building a solar "still" to desalinate water, exploring properties of photovoltaic cells, and experimenting with fuel cells. Printable lesson plans are supplemented with interactive games and activities for use in the science classroom. Each instructional unit is aligned with science education standards.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Chapter 15: Authoring Curricular Material
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The Authoring Curricular Material Chapeter of the OSP User’s Guide describes Launcher ...

The Authoring Curricular Material Chapeter of the OSP User’s Guide describes Launcher and LaunchBuilder and shows how these programs are used to author, organize, and run Java-based curricular material. In order for most instructors to use OSP material in their courses (or in their educational, experimental, or theoretical research), the various physical models already available must be easily accessible, modifiable, and distributable. The paradigm for authoring, organizing, and running curricular material described in this Chapter uses the Launcher and LaunchBuilder programs to accomplish this goal.

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Education
Physics
Space Science
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Author:
Mario Belloni
Wolfgang Christian
The Van de Graaff Generator, 1933
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This website, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provides a 1933 time-lapse ...

This website, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provides a 1933 time-lapse photograph of a high-voltage electric discharge emitted by a Van de Graff generator. The research applications that drove the development of this apparatus are described along with the technique used to generate such high voltages. An image gallery provides additional photographs of the large structure. Also provided are links to Van de Graff's original papers.

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Engineering
Technology
Physics
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SEI: Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M 2) Course Materials
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This web site contains a complete suite of resources suitable for the ...

This web site contains a complete suite of resources suitable for the second semester of an undergraduate electricity and magnetism class. The materials developed include a suite of clicker questions, in-class activities, homework problems, and other assessments. The topics covered include Maxwell's time-dependent equations, AC circuits, conservation laws, electromagnetic waves in vacuum and media, potentials and gauge transformations, radiation & special relativity. This package of course materials also contains implementation guides, an archive of several past E&M II courses at the University of Colorado, and supporting materials such as explicit learning goals, relevant education research articles, and notes on common student difficulties. The materials are available in Word, Powerpoint, and PDF formats to facilitate their adaptation and implementation by others. Assessment materials are available from the authors upon request. The authors of these materials are seeking feedback to help in the refinement and improvement of these course materials and assessments.

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Physics
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Author:
Charles Baily
Michael Dubson
Steven J. Pollock
Electromagnetic Fields, 2nd ed.
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This text is intended for junior/senior level Electricity and Magnetism courses. It ...

This text is intended for junior/senior level Electricity and Magnetism courses. It includes simple examples that are worked out in different ways that will allow students to enhance their calculating abilities.

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Physics
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Author:
Roald K. Wangsness
2-D Electrostatic Field Simulation
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This applet simulates the electric field of many charge distributions, including point ...

This applet simulates the electric field of many charge distributions, including point charges, line charges, dipoles, cylinders, conducting planes and more. The color can be adjusted for field magnitude or potential. Equipotential or field lines are optional. The field strength and number of particles are adjustable. The field can be displayed as a velocity field or a force field. The description is also available in German.

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Physics
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Paul Falstad
The Electricity Book Part 2: What Is Electricity?
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This item is an interactive Flash tutorial that introduces a very simple ...

This item is an interactive Flash tutorial that introduces a very simple model of electron flow through an electric circuit. It was developed to help students form correct qualitative concepts of electric current prior to studying the more complex properties of electric field and potential. It is part of a larger collection of online learning activities published by the Birmingham (UK) Grid for Learning.

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Physics
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Point Charge Forces in 2D Model
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The Point Charge Forces in Two-Dimensions model investigates the electric force that ...

The Point Charge Forces in Two-Dimensions model investigates the electric force that a charged particle experiences in a two-dimensional situation, because of four other nearby charged particles. The net electric force is shown as an arrow attached to the particle. Note that each particle can be dragged around the screen. The Point Charge Forces in Two-Dimensions was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the ejs_bu_Point_Charge_Force_2D.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

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Physics
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Andrew Duffy
Point Charge Electric Field and Potential 2D Model
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The Point Charge Electric Field and Potential model explores the concepts of ...

The Point Charge Electric Field and Potential model explores the concepts of the electric field and the electric potential, in a two-dimensional situation. You can turn on 1 to 5 charged particles, and move a test charge around the plane near these charged particles to sample both the electric field and the electric potential, produced by the charged particles, at various points. You can also turn on a grid of field vectors, which show the direction and, qualitatively, the magnitude of the field at a grid of equally spaced points in the plane in which the charged particles are located.

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Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
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Andrew Duffy
2-D Vector Field Simulation
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The applet simulates various vector fields, including spherical, radial, and constant plane. ...

The applet simulates various vector fields, including spherical, radial, and constant plane. It is a generalized version of an electrostatic field simulation by the same author. The field strength and number of particles simulated are adjustable. Divergence, curl, and potential can be color-coded. Grid lines, potential lines, or streamlines can be displayed. Directions, specific links to the subject and source code are also included.

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Mathematics
Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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Paul Falstad
Electricity and Magnetism, Spring 2005
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This freshman-level course is the second semester of introductory physics. The focus ...

This freshman-level course is the second semester of introductory physics. The focus is on electricity and magnetism The subject is taught using the TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) format which utilizes small group interaction and current technology. The TEAL/Studio Project at MIT is a new approach to physics education designed to help students develop much better intuition about, and conceptual models of, physical phenomena.

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Chemistry
Physics
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Syllabus
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
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Belcher, John
Belcher, John
John Belcher
APS PhysicsQuest: Ben Franklin's Secret Message (2006)
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This web site has links to the materials for the 2006 Physics ...

This web site has links to the materials for the 2006 Physics Quest middle school competition, hosted by the APS. The 2006 lesson covers static electricity, conductors and insulators, heat, and optics. These are connected to the life and science of Benjamin Franklin. The experiments are designed for small groups in a classroom or after school setting. Each of the experiments gives students a clue to solve the mystery.

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Mathematics
History, Law, Politics
Physics
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WISE Project: Modeling Static Electricity 2008
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This is a free internet-based module for high school physics on the ...

This is a free internet-based module for high school physics on the topic of electrostatics. The lesson begins with a short video clip of a car catching on fire during refueling. The driving question of the unit is: what caused the fire and how can we use a knowledge of electrostatics to prevent these accidents? The module provides students with modeling experience, digital note-taking, and guided investigation. It blends hands-on labs with computer simulations and interactive tutorials. <i>Editor's Note: Prior registration is required to access this resource. Click below for a direct link to the registration page:</i> <a href="http://wise.berkeley.edu/join/"target="_blank">WISE Teacher Registration</a> (University of California-Berkeley) WISE is a free online science environment offering standards-based modules designed to complement traditional classroom instruction. <b>SEE RELATED MATERIALS</b> for a link to the full collection.

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Technology
Education
Physics
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Author:
Ji Shen
National Science Foundation
Physics for the 21st Century: The Fundamental Interactions
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This is Unit 2 of the free digital course <i>"Physics for the ...

This is Unit 2 of the free digital course <i>"Physics for the 21st Century",</i> aimed at secondary teachers and adult learners. Unit 2 explores interactions between particles -- the forces that hold them together or tear them apart. It examines the four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. It also provides a historical glimpse of the idea of unification -- the ongoing attempt to explain seemingly disparate phenomena under a common theoretical framework. The resource includes 3 components: written text, short video clips and animations, and an interactive web module on discovering neutrino oscillations. A Facilitator's Guide is also provided. The video series is produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group in association with the Harvard University Department of Physics. It is sponsored by Annenberg Media.

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Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
3-D Magnetostatic Field Simulation
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This applet simulates various magnetic sources, including a line of current, a ...

This applet simulates various magnetic sources, including a line of current, a square loop, a magnetic sphere and a solenoid. Size, number of particles, and field strength are adjustable. Display options include particles in velocity or force fields, field vectors, field lines and potential vectors. The vectors and lines can be displayed in 3D or on a movable 2D slice. Charge can be reversed. Source code and directions are included.

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Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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Author:
Paul Falstad
Charge Trajectories in 3D Electrostatic Fields Model
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The Charge Trajectories in 3D Electrostatic Fields model investigates a charged particle, ...

The Charge Trajectories in 3D Electrostatic Fields model investigates a charged particle, and the forces exerted on that charged particle by electric and/or magnetic fields. First, see how the charge behaves when exposed to just an electric field. Then, see how the charge behaves when exposed to just a magnetic field. Finally, if you'd like, turn both fields on and see what happens. The Charge Trajectories in 3D Electrostatic Fields model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the ejs_bu_duffy_Charge_Trajectories_in_3D_Electrostatic_Fields.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

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Physics
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Interactive
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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Author:
Andrew Duffy