Many students struggle to predict if a potential difference will be induced in a wire moving in a magnetic field

Electricity and Magnetism


Resources to Address This

  • Electromagnetic Induction (16-19)

    Students will already have ideas about electromagnetic induction. In this resource, your task is to develop a picture of induction which involves cutting the lines of flux by a conductor that leads to an induced EMF or current.

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  • Cutting a magnetic field with a wire (11-16)

    Students should previously have inserted a magnet into a coil and measured the e.m.f. generated. This is a simpler version showing first of all only one coil (or loop) of wire.

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  • Maloney, D. P., O'Kuma, T. L., Hieggelke, C. J. and Van Heuvelen, A. () Surveying students' conceptual knowledge of electricity and magnetism. American Journal of Physics, 69 (S1), S12-S23.

  • Thong, W. M. and Gunstone, R. () Some Student Conceptions of Electromagnetic Induction. Research in Science Education, 38 (1), 31-44.

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