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This item is a concise explanation for beginning physics students on how batteries work.  It includes a brief history of the battery, the roles of Galvani and Volta in developing an early battery, and diagrams to explain how current flows in a battery.  This item is part of a larger online educators guide intended as reference material for high school physics teachers and learners.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- General
- High School
- Instructional Material
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= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Laboratory
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Textbook
= Tutorial
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
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© 2002 Dean Baird
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batteries, electric current, electricity
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D. Baird, (2002), WWW Document, (http://phyz.org/phyz/BOP/10-CIRCUITS/G-Batteries_Current.pdf).
D. Baird, PhyzGuide: Batteries and Current, (2002), <http://phyz.org/phyz/BOP/10-CIRCUITS/G-Batteries_Current.pdf>.
APA Format
Baird, D. (2004, January 1). PhyzGuide: Batteries and Current. Retrieved October 16, 2017, from http://phyz.org/phyz/BOP/10-CIRCUITS/G-Batteries_Current.pdf
Chicago Format
Baird, Dean. PhyzGuide: Batteries and Current. January 1, 2004. http://phyz.org/phyz/BOP/10-CIRCUITS/G-Batteries_Current.pdf (accessed 16 October 2017).
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Baird, Dean. PhyzGuide: Batteries and Current. 2002. 1 Jan. 2004. 16 Oct. 2017 <http://phyz.org/phyz/BOP/10-CIRCUITS/G-Batteries_Current.pdf>.
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