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This item is an unpublished manuscript that proposes a unified approach for the teaching of circuits in introductory calculus-based physics.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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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
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.Link to Unit:
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A unified treatment of eletrostatics and circuits:
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