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published by the Center for Nanoscale Systems Institute for Physics Teachers
This is an inquiry-based lab for AP or Honors high school physics, designed to let students explore the effect of an external field on a current-carrying wire in that field. All materials are available from science supply houses and are likely part of the typical high school science classroom. Detailed background information and tips for teachers accompany the lesson, along with photos and diagrams of the lab set-up. It is expected that students would have some prior experience with the fundamentals of magnetism but would not have studied the topic prior to the lab. Allow two class periods.
EDITOR'S NOTE: For users in the state of New York, the lab materials may be borrowed from the Center for Nanoscale Systems at no cost. See link within the lesson plan.
This resource is part of a larger collection of inquiry-based labs developed by the NSF-funded Center for Nanoscale Systems Institute for Physics Teachers. SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to the full collection.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Magnetism and Magnetic Force
Unit Title: Magnetic Fields
This series of inquiry-based activities is designed for the beginning high school physics lab. Students explore the effect of an external field on a current-carrying wire in that field. Students need only very basic prior experience with concepts related to magnetism. Student study guides are included.Link to Unit:
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Is Supplemented By NDT Resource Center: Magnetism Tutorial
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Is Part Of Center for Nanoscale Systems Institute for Physics Teachers
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