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This item is an unpublished manuscript that proposes a unified approach for the teaching of circuits in introductory calculus-based physics. The paper, written by the authors of the Matter & Interactions curriculum materials, unifies both electrostatic and circuit phenomena in terms of the Coulomb interaction. Potential and current are introduced only after students have analyzed the behavior of the whole circuit based on dynamic atomic-level models.

Matter and Interactions is a field-tested curriculum for introductory calculus-based physics. It places strong emphasis on a small number of fundamental principles, engages students in modeling, and integrates the atomic nature of matter throughout the curriculum.  

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© 2006 Chabay and Sherwood
ISBN Numbers:
0-471-66328-X
0-471-66327-1
NSF Numbers:
8953367
9156105
9554843
9972420
0237132
0320608
0618504
Keywords:
circuits, electrostatics , microscopic mechanisms, modern physics
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Metadata instance created May 10, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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May 11, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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December 31, 2009
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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: A Model for Electricity

The introductory calculus-based physics curriculum often treats electrostatic and circuit phenomena as separate and unrelated. The problem is that students have little framework for understanding electric field, and often proceed with little sense of the true mechanism of a circuit. This article proposes a new and unified approach for teaching circuits. Students first analyze the behavior of the whole circuit based on dynamic atomic-level models, THEN explore potential and current.

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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, (2006), WWW Document, (http://matterandinteractions.org/Content/Articles/circuit.pdf).
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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, A unified treatment of eletrostatics and circuits, (2006), <http://matterandinteractions.org/Content/Articles/circuit.pdf>.
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Chabay, R., & Sherwood, B. (2009, December 31). A unified treatment of eletrostatics and circuits. Retrieved December 21, 2014, from http://matterandinteractions.org/Content/Articles/circuit.pdf
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. A unified treatment of eletrostatics and circuits. December 31, 2009. http://matterandinteractions.org/Content/Articles/circuit.pdf (accessed 21 December 2014).
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. A unified treatment of eletrostatics and circuits. 2006. 31 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 21 Dec. 2014 <http://matterandinteractions.org/Content/Articles/circuit.pdf>.
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