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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
technical implementer: 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.

Mag Lab U 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.

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Keywords:
Oersted, animation, battery, compass, current, electric cell, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of science, interactive simulation, science history, voltaic
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Metadata instance created January 23, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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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

11A. Systems
  • 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.
11B. Models
  • 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.
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AIP Format
(Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2005), WWW Document, (http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/oersted/index.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Oersted's Compass, (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2005), <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/oersted/index.html>.
APA Format
Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Oersted's Compass. (2009, December 30). Retrieved November 20, 2014, from Florida State University: http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/oersted/index.html
Chicago Format
National Science Foundation. Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Oersted's Compass. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/oersted/index.html (accessed 20 November 2014).
MLA Format
Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Oersted's Compass. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2005. 30 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 20 Nov. 2014 <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/oersted/index.html>.
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@misc{ Title = {Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Oersted's Compass}, Publisher = {Florida State University}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {20 November 2014}, Month = {December 30, 2009}, Year = {2005} }
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