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In the electricity and magnetism (E&M) segment of the traditional introductory calculus-based physics course, many new and increasingly abstract concepts, embodied in complex formal relations, are introduced at a rapid pace. As a result, many students find E&M significantly more difficult than classical mechanics. We describe a different intellectual structure for the E&M course that stresses conceptual coherence, connects the abstract field concept to concrete microscopic models of matter, and follows a clear story line, culminating in the classical model of the interaction of electromagnetic radiation and matter. This sequence has proven to be effective in teaching the basic concepts of E&M.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 74, Issue 4, Pages 329 - 336
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10.1119/1.2165249
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BEMA, Matter and Interactions
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Metadata instance created November 19, 2014 by Bruce Mason
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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, Am. J. Phys. 74 (4), 329 (2006), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165249).
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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, Restructuring the introductory electricity and magnetism course, Am. J. Phys. 74 (4), 329 (2006), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165249>.
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Chabay, R., & Sherwood, B. (2006, April 1). Restructuring the introductory electricity and magnetism course. Am. J. Phys., 74(4), 329 - 336. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165249
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. "Restructuring the introductory electricity and magnetism course." Am. J. Phys. 74, no. 4, (April 1, 2006): 329 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165249 (accessed 11 December 2017).
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. "Restructuring the introductory electricity and magnetism course." Am. J. Phys. 74.4 (2006): 329 - 336. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165249>.
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