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This resource is an interactive student tutorial on electricity designed to support secondary physical science courses.  It is organized into sequenced headings that each contain illustrations, interactive simulations and reflective questions.  It begins with an overview of the structure of matter and then explores Ohm's Law, series and parallel circuits, conductors and insulators, AC and DC current, and electromagnetic induction.

EDITOR'S NOTE The use of diagrams and simple Flash animations alongside the conversational text would make this resource especially appropriate for struggling learners and students with disabilities who need support beyond the textbook.

This resource is part of a collection developed by the Non-Destructive Testing Resource Center at Iowa State University.

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Education Practices
- Technology
= Multimedia
Electricity & Magnetism
- AC Circuits
- DC Circuits
- Electromagnetic Induction
= Induced Currents and Forces
- General
Modern Physics
- Atomic Physics
= Atomic Models
= Electron Properties
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
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- New teachers
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (1993 Version)


D. The Structure of Matter
  • 4D (9-12) #1.  Atoms are made of a positive nucleus surrounded by negative electrons. An atom's electron configuration, particularly the outermost electrons, determines how the atom can interact with other atoms. Atoms form bonds to other atoms by transferring or sharing electrons.
G. Forces of Nature
  • 4G (9-12) #4.  Different kinds of materials respond differently to electric forces. In conducting materials such as metals, electric charges flow easily, whereas in insulating materials such as glass, they can move hardly at all. At very low temperatures, some materials become superconductors and offer no resistance to the flow of current. In between these extremes, semiconducting materials differ greatly in how well they conduct, depending on their exact composition.
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