Electricity and Magnetism

Home-based physics resources to support remote teaching of Electricity and Magnetism

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16 16-19

Videos, experiments, simulations and question sets to help with the remote teaching of electricity and magnetism.

Health and Safety Guidance

These experiments have been selected by trained teachers as appropriate for use at home, but we have not specifically tested them for home use.

All experiments are carried out at your own risk.

To avoid risk of injury or damage, we recommend that you follow the instructions as shown, and that a responsible adult supervises all practical activity and considers the suitability of each task for their child.

Teachers proposing to recommend any resources to their students should:

  1. work within safety policies established by their school;
  2. use their professional judgement to assess the suitability of experiments for their own students;
  3. direct students and their parents/guardians to follow all stated instructions.

 

Electricity and Magnetism

Videos to support remote teaching and learning of electricity and magnetism

Remote teaching support for 5-11 11-14 14-16 16-19

A selection of videos to use remotely with your students.

For students aged 11-14 and 14-16:

Static electricity - ask your students to watch the following videos and try to explain the phenomena.

Demo using a charged balloon to rotate a free hanging sausage.  

Dancing cornstarch

A fun way to learn circuit symbols: Kung-fu circuit symbols

 

For students aged 14-16:

Transmission of electricity along power lines

We are electrons - revision song

 

For students aged 14-16 and 16-19:

Explaining electromagnetism can be tricky - below are a number of videos that try to explain and demonstrate different aspects of the phenomenon.

Magnetic field due to current

Creating a simple electric motor

Virtual demo of a Westminster motor kit

How DC motors work

Motor effect - showing F = BIL experimentally

Electromagnetic induction

Levitating barbecue - electromagnetic induction

How transformers work

First electric generator

 

For students aged 16-19:

Induced EMF (using a search coil)

Internal resistance and how to measure it

Creating a bin-bag capacitor

Faraday's law of magnetic induction

 

Electricity and Magnetism

Home experiments to support the remote teaching and learning of electricity and magnetism

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16 16-19

A selection of electricity and magnetism experiments and simulations that are suitable to use remotely with your students.

Health and Safety Guidance

These experiments have been selected by trained teachers as appropriate for use at home, but we have not specifically tested them for home use. All experiments are carried out at your own risk.

To avoid risk of injury or damage, we recommend that you follow the instructions as shown, and that a responsible adult supervises all practical activity and considers the suitability of each task for their child.

Teachers proposing to recommend any resources to their students should:

  1. work within safety policies established by their school;
  2. use their professional judgement to assess the suitability of experiments for their own students;
  3. direct students and their parents/guardians to follow all stated instructions.

For students aged 11-14 and 14-16:

Static electricity – a great topic for getting hands on:

Attracting a drinks can 

Static UFO

Forceful comb

Static spinning straw

Static electricity simulation

Circuits – online simulations can give a feel of the real thing

Circuit construction kit

Crack the circuit - circuit building game

Magnetism – interesting investigations for household magnets and simulations means everyone has access to a compass.

Fridge magnets

Magnet and compass simulation

 

For students aged 14-16 and 16-19:

Combining resistors simulation

Electromagnetic lab simulation

Catapult force simulation

Transformer simulation

 

For students aged 16-19:

Faraday's law simulation

Electric generator simulation

Electricity and Magnetism

Questions to check understanding of electricity and magnetism

Remote teaching support for 11-14 14-16 16-19

A selection of diagnostic questions to use remotely when teaching about electricity and magnetism.

For students aged 11-14:

Diagnostic questions on circuits from York University

IOP electricity and electromagnetism diagnostic test

Electricity questions from BBC Bitesize

 

For students aged 14-16:

IOP electricity diagnostic test

IOP magnetism and electromagnetism diagnostic test

 

For students aged 11-14 and 14-16:

Best Evidence Science Teaching resources on electricity and magnetism

 

For students aged 16-19:

Questions on Kirchoffs laws from Isaac Physics

Potential divider questions from TAP

 

Electricity and magnetism BEST resources

Best evidence science teaching (BEST) resources on electricity and magnetism:

More resources, selected for remote use with your students, can be found in COVID-19 support.

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