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Shocked by static?
Mixed up about magnets?
Curious about currents? This book will help you get beyond memorizing electricity-related formulas, rules, and procedures so you can understand the topic at a deep level—deep enough to teach it with confidence and comfort.
By covering the basics of static electricity, current electricity, and magnetism, the book develops a scientific model showing that electricity and magnetism are really the same phenomenon in different forms. A bonus feature: access to interactive software that you can download from the NSTA Web site. The software will help you investigate electrical circuits—from simple to complex—without having to buy a lot of expensive materials (or risking electrocution!).
Electricity and Magnetism is the fifth title in the award-winning NSTA Press Stop Faking It! Series. As author Bill Robertson writes, “The book you have in your hands is not a textbook. It is, however, designed to help you ‘get’ science at a level you never thought possible, and also to bring you to the point where tackling more traditional science resources won’t be a terrifying, lump-in-your-throat, I-don’t-think-I’ll-survive experience.” Robertson serves as your friendly guide, one with a comforting knack for anticipating fears, meeting information needs, and entertaining as he edifies.
Ideas For Use
This book helps readers to understand the basics of electricity, magnetism, and circuits well enough to not only teach those concepts with confidence but also tackle more advanced treatments of the subject with the necessary knowledge base.
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Newton’s laws of motion
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Parent, Teacher
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Small Sparks to Get Us Going
More about Charging Things
Magnets Enter the Picture
Connecting Electricity and Magnetism
Cirque du Circuit
Cutting, Splitting, and Stacking Circuits
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 18 correlations with the National Standards.
- Physical Science
- Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
- Electricity in circuits can produce light, heat, sound, and magnetic effects. (K-4)
- Electrical circuits require a complete loop through which an electrical current can pass. (K-4)
- Magnets attract and repel each other and certain kinds of other materials. (K-4)
- Motion and Forces
- Whenever one object exerts force on another, a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction is exerted on the first object. (9-12)
- The electric force is a universal force that exists between any two charged objects. (9-12)
- Opposite charges attract while like charges repel. (9-12)
- Between any two charged particles, electric force is vastly greater than the gravitational force. (9-12)
- Most observable forces such as those exerted by a coiled spring (elasticity) or friction may be traced to electric forces acting between atoms and molecules. (9-12)
- Electricity and magnetism are two aspects of a single electromagnetic force. (9-12)
- Moving electric charges produce magnetic forces, and moving magnets produce electric forces. (9-12)
- The effects of moving electric charges help students to understand electric motors and generators. (9-12) (Electricity)
- Interactions of energy and matter
- Electromagnetic waves result when a charged object is accelerated or decelerated. (9-12)
- The energy of electromagnetic waves is carried in packets whose magnitude is inversely proportional to the wavelength. (9-12)
- In some materials, such as metals, electrons flow easily, whereas in insulating materials such as glass they can hardly flow at all. (9-12)
- At low temperatures some materials become superconductors and offer no resistance to the flow of electrons. (9-12)
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Use technology and mathematics to improve investigations and communications. (9-12)
- Understandings about scientific inquiry
- Types of investigations include describing objects, events, and organisms; classifying them; and doing a fair test (experimenting).
- Process Standards for Professional Development
- Build on the teacher's current science understanding, ability, and attitudes. (NSES)
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