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This is an interactive tutorial for high school physics on electric current and the requirements of an electric circuit. From a conceptual standpoint, it explores the nature of charge flow and the function of the charge carriers. From the mathematical standpoint, it explains current as a rate quantity and provides simple exercises to calculate the flow of current.

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Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Currents
- High School
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= Tutorial
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© 1996 Tom Henderson
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ampere, circuit diagrams, circuits, conducting wires, current, electric current, electricity tutorial, interactive tutorial, tutorial
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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/u9l2c.cfm).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Electric Current, (1996), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/u9l2c.cfm>.
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Henderson, T. (2008, December 12). The Physics Classroom: Electric Current. Retrieved September 19, 2014, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/u9l2c.cfm
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Electric Current. December 12, 2008. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/u9l2c.cfm (accessed 19 September 2014).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Electric Current. 1996. 12 Dec. 2008. 19 Sep. 2014 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/u9l2c.cfm>.
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