Fields: Magnetic Field

Unit 3 Fields: The Magnetic Field

This Area of Study looks at three fields: Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic. Resources for the other fields are available at Gravitational Field and Electric Field.

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 a current loop, ii) Magnetic field of a solenoid
  • Physics Experiments by McKittrick: i) Magnetic force on moving charges

At the 2020 Physics Teachers' Conference, Dr Barbara McKinnon from Kew High School presented a workshop titled 'D7 Practical Activities for Teaching U3 AOS 1 Fields'. Dr McKinnon provided several documents covering electric and magnetic fields. These can be found at Electric Fields webpage on this website.

News Stories

Assessment Ideas

See also links to assessment resources in Electric Field.

Useful Websites

For websites that cover several topics, click here.

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