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written by David Stern
A short non-mathematical description of the analogy between fluid flow in pipes and electricity flow in circuits, comparing batteries to pumps, current to flow rate (liters-per-second) and voltage to pressure. At the end the electric field is introduced as the 3-dimensional distribution of voltage in space.
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Electricity & Magnetism
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current, ohm's law, voltage
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Metadata instance created June 6, 2004 by David Stern
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.

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

It may be easier to understand about electricity if we think of electric charge as a sort of a fluid, like water, as scientists did for over 200 years. This tutorial by David Stern introduces Ohm's Law and electric field concepts through this analogy.

Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Moving Charges and Electric Circuits

It may be easier to understand about electricity if we think of electric charge as a sort of a fluid, like water, as scientists did for over 200 years.

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