Electricity and Magnetism

Thinking about actions to take: Electromagnets at Work

Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to:

Try these

  • relate the actions of electromagnets to those of permanent magnets
  • be very clear to separate electrical loops from magnetic fields
  • construct careful step-by-step accounts of the action of devices

Teacher Tip: Work through the Physics Narrative to find these lines of thinking worked out and then look in the Teaching Approaches for some examples of activities.

Avoid these

  • conflating the field with the coil producing the field

Teacher Tip: These difficulties are distilled from: the research findings; the practice of well-connected teachers with expertise; issues intrinsic to representing the physics well.

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