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Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Magnetic Fields

This Area of Study looks at three fields: Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic. The teaching resources, classroom activities, assessment ideas and IT applications are grouped under each type of field.

Gravitational Fields

Course planning

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Assessment Ideas

IT Applications

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Excel

Planet Spreadsheet

23.6 kB

Text

Planet Documentation

10.2 kB

An Excel Spreadsheet 'Planet' contains radius and period data of the moons of the solar system. This documentation contains a set of tasks and questions for the Excel spreadsheet. The students investigate how the moons' velocities and accelerations vary with distance from the planet. Values for R cubed /T squared can be obtained for each planet and subsequently the mass of each planet determined.

Useful Websites

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Applets

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Electric Fields

Course planning

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Audiovisual Resources

It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.

  • Marcom Projects: Static Electricity and Electric Charge, Electric Motors & Electric Generators

Classroom Activities

Possible practical activities include:

  • Practical Physics by Gardiner & White: i) Equipotentials and Electric Fields, ii) Electric Fields and Pot'l Diff in Wires
  • PSSC Lab Guide: i) Force between two charged spheres, ii) The addition of Electric forces
  • Physics Experiments by McKittrick: i) Charge on a rubbed balloon, ii) Electric fields in circuits

Assessment Ideas

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Assessment Task: Operation of a Device for Fields Area of Study

49.2 kB

Microsoft Word

Assessment Task: Explanation of a Phenomenon for Fields Area of Study

49.2 kB

Generic

Revision Problems for Coulomb's Law and Electric Fields

212 kB

30 Questions from Physics exams in the 1970's. Answers included. Compiled by Colin Hopkins, Bialik College.

Useful Websites

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Applets

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Magnetic Fields

Course planning

For advice on planning the whole year click here.

Text Resources

  • VCE Physics: Electric Power, 1994, 2nd edn, National Electricity.

Audiovisual Resources

It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.

  • Marcom Projects: Electricity & Magnetism & Electromagnetic devices, Electric Motors & Electric Generators, Power Transmission & Power Consumption

Classroom Activities

Possible practical activities include:

  • Practical Physics by Gardiner & White: i) Magnetic field of acurrent loop, ii) Magnetic field of a solenoid
  • Physics Experiments by McKittrick: i) Mangentic force on moving charges

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Worksheets for Unit 3 Electromagnetism

494 kB

Worksheets for experiments for Unit 3 Magnetic Fields and Electrical Energy Areas of Study.

Text

Forces on Charges

126 kB

Describes the magnetic force on moving charges and goes on to look at the effect of the Earth's magnetic field on charges from the Sun and at the Hall effect, which gives us insight into the nature of electric currents as well as many practical applications.

News Stories

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

News Stories on Magnetism

30.2 kB

Summaries of selected articles from the 'News from the Web' section of the Vicphysics Newsletter. Each summary as a link to the full article. The articles can be used to add context to class discussion or to display within the classroom.

Assessment Ideas

See also links to assessment resources under 'Electric fields' above.

Useful Websites

For websites that cover several topics, click here.

Applets

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