The Book of Phyz - NGSS

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1 Electricity Examples
Definitions of quantities, explanations of equations, worked out example problems.
2 Electrostatic Charge
Discussion of electric charge and its characteristics. Includes the origin of the word "electric."
3 Conductors and Insulators
An older phyzguide on electric conducts, insulators, and conservation of charge.
4 Getting a Charge
Triboelectricity, conduction, and induction. Also losing a charge: corona discharge.
5 Coulomb's Law
Step-by-step construction of Coulomb's Law with a comparison to Universal Gravitation.
6 Electric Fields
Side-by-side comparison and explanation of gravitational and electric fields.

Balancing Charges 1 [Job} at TPT
Qualitative puzzles involving the mass and charge of electrons.
2 Be Franklin For a Day [Job] at TPT
A section of a letter in which Franklin describes his famous kite experiment, with questions based on the passage.
Balancing Charges 2 [Job] at TPT
Qualitative puzzles involving the mass and charge of electrons.
4 Electric Force by the Numbers Springboard - Answers
Quantitative development of Coulomb's Law.
5 Fields Springboard - Answers - Presentation (QuickTime)
Develops the ideas of the electric field by way of analogy with the gravitational field.
6 Field Plots - Answers - Presentation (Quicktime)
Plot the electric field surrounding spherical charges and charges plates.

1 A Pithy Matter [Virtual Lab] at TPT
Inquiry-based exploration of electrostatic force involving a pith ball electroscope
Electroscopia [Virtual Lab] at TPT
Inquiry-based exploration of electrostatic force incolving a can form electroscope
 3 The Laws of Repulsion [PhETLab] at TPT
Developing Coulumb's law using a PhET sim.

  DEMOS - The unlinked titles below are available in the Conceptual Physics lab manual from Pearson Education - Amazon link
1 Charging Ahead [Virtual Demonstration] at TPT
Questions about several demonstrations using a Van de Graaff generator.

Electricity Begins With an M - Presentation (QuickTime)
Part of the "Physics Begins with an M" series. Make a transperency and put it on the overhead on the first day of the unit to enhance curiousity in the material of the unit.
Electricity Begins With an M Keynote
A nifty Keynote presentation of the M's. (Keynote is Apple's presentation software; PowerPoint is Microsoft's presentation software.) Trust me, neither Keynote nor PowerPoint are The Great Saviors of education. I recommend using them sparingly if at all. Better to teach!
3 Mechanical Universe: Static Electricity (College) at TPT
This episode covers the basics of static electricity.
4 PBS NOVA: Lightning! at TPT
Conceptual Physics Alive! Electrostatics at TPT
Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity - Episode 1: Spark at TPT
Electric Field Hockey Competition
Information on this computer program can be found here
Electrostatics Crossword Puzzle at TPT
Not a typical academic subject matter crossword. This one adds general high school vocabulary words. Over 100 words and 150 crosses in total.
PracTest Complete

Click here for a legend and explanation of cryptic terms and abbreviations.

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