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This item is an interactive Flash tutorial that introduces a very simple model of electron flow through an electric circuit. It was developed to help students form correct qualitative concepts of electric current prior to studying the more complex properties of electric field and potential.

Editor's Note: This tutorial takes students beyond the commonly-used water flow/electricity analogy, which can lead to student misconception. Although simple, it packs lots of punch and should prove memorable.

It is part of a larger collection of online learning activities published by the Birmingham (UK) Grid for Learning.

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circuit analysis, circuit modeling, circuit tutorial, circuits, current, electricity modeling, electron flow
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Metadata instance created May 10, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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August 14, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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July 30, 2009

This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.

Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: A Model for Electricity

This interactive Flash tutorial will give your students a good model for exploring electron flow through a simple circuit. It tackles a complex idea in a simple way, helping kids to build accurate concepts of what happens at the atomic level when current flows through a circuit.

Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: A Model for Electricity

Don't dismiss this resource as too easy for high school. Although simple, this Flash tutorial packs a lot of punch. It goes beyond the commonly-used water flow/electricity analogy to explore what is really happening when electrons flow through a simple circuit. The authors carefully designed it to prevent misconceptions about electric current and prepare students to study electric field and potential.

Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy

This interactive Flash tutorial will give your students a good model for exploring electron flow through a simple circuit. It tackles a complex idea in a simple way, helping kids to build accurate concepts of what happens at the atomic level when current flows through a circuit.

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(Birmingham Grid for Learning, Birmingham, 2008), WWW Document, (http://web.archive.org/web/20160306025211/http://bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/science/elecricity_2/electricity.swf).
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The Electricity Book Part 2: What Is Electricity?, (Birmingham Grid for Learning, Birmingham, 2008), <http://web.archive.org/web/20160306025211/http://bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/science/elecricity_2/electricity.swf>.
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The Electricity Book Part 2: What Is Electricity?. (2009, July 30). Retrieved August 19, 2017, from Birmingham Grid for Learning: http://web.archive.org/web/20160306025211/http://bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/science/elecricity_2/electricity.swf
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Birmingham Grid for Learning. The Electricity Book Part 2: What Is Electricity?. Birmingham: Birmingham Grid for Learning, July 30, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20160306025211/http://bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/science/elecricity_2/electricity.swf (accessed 19 August 2017).
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The Electricity Book Part 2: What Is Electricity?. Birmingham: Birmingham Grid for Learning, 2008. 30 July 2009. 19 Aug. 2017 <http://web.archive.org/web/20160306025211/http://bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/science/elecricity_2/electricity.swf>.
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