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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
written by Shannon Neaves
edited by Kristen Coyne
This is a collection of more than 50 short biographies on some of the most important figures in the history of electricity and magnetism. Most of the biographies include links to interactive Java simulations of the devices invented by these individuals. For example, the Coulomb biography includes a simulation of the torsion balance; the Volta biography offers a simulation of his first battery (known as the voltaic pile). The materials are appropriate for a wide range of users, including middle school, high school, college, and general public.

Mag Lab U is part of a large collection of web-based educational materials for K-20, developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.

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biographics, electricity simulations, historical biographics, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of magnetism, history of science, interactive simulations, magnetism simulations, science biographies, science history
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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Electricity: A Historical Perspective

In this excellent set of 50+ short biographies, kids can read about the challenges of early inventors AND follow links to simulations of the devices they invented. For example, the Coulomb biography offers a simulation of the torsion balance; the Volta biography has a simulated voltaic pile battery.

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S. Neaves, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), WWW Document, (http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/).
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S. Neaves, Mag Lab U: Pioneers in Electricity and Magnetism, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/>.
APA Format
Neaves, S. (2009, December 30). Mag Lab U: Pioneers in Electricity and Magnetism. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from Florida State University: http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/
Chicago Format
Neaves, Shannon. Mag Lab U: Pioneers in Electricity and Magnetism. Edited by Kristen Coyne. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/ (accessed 24 November 2014).
MLA Format
Neaves, Shannon. Mag Lab U: Pioneers in Electricity and Magnetism. Ed. Coyne, Kristen. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2007. 30 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 24 Nov. 2014 <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/>.
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@misc{ Author = "Shannon Neaves", Title = {Mag Lab U: Pioneers in Electricity and Magnetism}, Publisher = {Florida State University}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {24 November 2014}, Month = {December 30, 2009}, Year = {2007} }
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Contains Mag Lab U: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb

A biography on Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, with an accompanying Java applet that illustrates the historical torsion balance he used for performing his experiments.

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Contains Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta

A biography of 18th-century scientist Alessandro Volta, whose work resulted in the voltaic pile device, the first known battery.

relation by Caroline Hall
Contains Mag Lab U: Georg Ohm

A biography of Georg Ohm, the 19th-century German physicist whose mathematical research resulted in the formulation of Ohm's Law.

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