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written by Tevian Dray and Mary Bridget Kustusch
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This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students realize the connection between special relativity and electromagnetism. Students work in groups and derive part of the Lorentz transformations for electromagnetism. The whole class wrap-up discussion feeds into a lecture summarizing the group work and details the behavior of electromagnetic fields in special relativity, thus allowing students to connect their understanding of electromagnetic fields to their previous work on length contraction.

This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
Relativity
- Reference Frames
= Inertial
- Special Relativity
= Space Contraction
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
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NSF Numbers:
9653250
0231194
0618877
1023120
Paradigm ID:
rfemlorentz
Keywords:
Electromagnetism, Lorentz transformation, Small Group Activity, rfemlorentzhand.pdf
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Metadata instance created June 22, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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June 22, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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August 23, 2013
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T. Dray and M. Kustusch, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfemlorentz).
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T. Dray and M. Kustusch, Paradigms in Physics: Lorentz Transformations for Electromagnetism, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfemlorentz>.
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Dray, T., & Kustusch, M. (2013, August 23). Paradigms in Physics: Lorentz Transformations for Electromagnetism. Retrieved April 24, 2017, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfemlorentz
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Dray, Tevian, and Mary Bridget Kustusch. Paradigms in Physics: Lorentz Transformations for Electromagnetism. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 23, 2013. http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfemlorentz (accessed 24 April 2017).
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Dray, Tevian, and Mary Bridget Kustusch. Paradigms in Physics: Lorentz Transformations for Electromagnetism. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, 2008. 23 Aug. 2013. 24 Apr. 2017 <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfemlorentz>.
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