the Florida State University
the National Science Foundation
Matthew J. Parry-Hill
This interactive tutorial simulates the simple, yet groundbreaking, 1820 experiment that paved the way for understanding the relationship between electricity and magnetism. It is a virtual version of Hans Christian Oersted's voltaic pile battery outfitted with a live electrical wire. Students can turn the current on/off and also flip the battery. Watch what happens to the nearby compass to see why this experiment rocked the scientific world of the early 1800's.
Magnet Academy is part of a large collection of web-based educational materials for K-20, developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.
Please note that this resource requires
Java Applet Plug-in.
Oersted, animation, battery, compass, current, electric cell, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of science, interactive simulation, science history, voltaic
Metadata instance created
January 23, 2011
by Caroline Hall
August 13, 2016
by Lyle Barbato
Last Update when Cataloged:
January 7, 2015
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
8. The Designed World
8C. Energy Sources and Use
6-8: 8C/M8. People have invented ingenious ways of deliberately bringing about energy transformations that are useful to them.
11. Common Themes
6-8: 11A/M2. Thinking about things as systems means looking for how every part relates to others. The output from one part of a system (which can include material, energy, or information) can become the input to other parts. Such feedback can serve to control what goes on in the system as a whole.
6-8: 11B/M6. A model can sometimes be used to get ideas about how the thing being modeled actually works, but there is no guarantee that these ideas are correct if they are based on the model alone.
12. Habits of Mind
12C. Manipulation and Observation
6-8: 12C/M5. Analyze simple mechanical devices and describe what the various parts are for; estimate what the effect of making a change in one part of a device would have on the device as a whole.
Magnet Academy: Interactive Tutorials - Oersted's Compass. (2015, January 7). Retrieved February 23, 2017, from Florida State University: https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/watch-play/interactive/orsted-s-compass
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