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Great Combos – Electric Field and Electric Force

Our tagline at The Physics Classroom is simple: "serving students, teachers, and classrooms by providing high-quality, easy-to-understand, and ready-to-use physics resources that promote better teaching and learning." We do our best to live up to this boast and we're constantly thinking of ways to encourage teachers and learners to take advantage of what we offer. Today, we would like to promote what we think is a great combination of resource for teaching and learning about the topic of electric field and electric force. Enjoy the following:

Electrostatics Chapter at The Tutorial
Lessons 3 and 4 of Static Electricity chapter provides learners with a solid background of electric field and electric force concepts and mathematics. Explanations come in an easy-to-understand language and are accentuated by informative graphics. There are numerous worked-out examples and opportunities to check understanding.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/estatics


Coulomb's Law Simulation at The Physics Interactives
This interactive simulation is designed to help learners discover the charge-distance-force relationship. Students can easily change a variable and examine its effect upon the force between two charges. The simulation comes with a ready-to-use classroom exercise.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Physics-Interactives/Static-Electricity/Coulomb-s-Law



Electric Field Lines at The Physics Interactives
This electric field plotter provides a virtual environment for exploring the nature of the electric fields lines around a single charge or a configuration of charges. It is an essential tool for a student attempting to understand electric field lines. It is accompanied by a ready-to-use classroom exercise.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Physics-Interactives/Static-Electricity/Electric-Field-Lines


Put the Charge in the Goal at The Physics Interactives
This is our rendition of the classic physics game known as Electric Field Hockey. The goal of the game is to guide a puck (a positive charged object) around some obstacles and into a goal. The guiding is done by placing other charged objects on the rink in order to push and pull on the charge and guide it towards the goal. There are eight different levels of difficulty. It's a classic tool for gamifying he topic of electric field.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Physics-Interactives/Static-Electricity/Put-the-Charge-in-the-Goal


Static Electricity Problem Set at The Calculator Pad
Most physics courses place an emphasis on solving physics word problems. And if such a task sends shivers up and down your spine, then let us help. Visit The Calculator Pad where you will find a collection of problems with answers and audio-guided solutions. Begin on the short Tutorial page where the equations and mathematics is discussed. Then begin practicing your skill at using the equations. Check your answer, try again, and listen to the audio help as needed.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/calcpad/estatics


Minds On Physics the App
Minds On Physics the App is one of our most popular tools for assisting students in the internalization of concepts and mathematics. Missions SE8 – SE12 of Part 4 of the 6-Part app series targets student conceptions of electric force and electric field ideas. We highly recommend any of our apps for students who are serious about learning physics. Learn more at …

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/MOP-the-App

The six resources above are great. But there's more. Consider the following for more support in your teaching and learning:

The Curriculum Corner: Ready-to-use Think Sheets for classroom use.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/curriculum/estatics

The Laboratory: Laboratory exercises to refine students' experimental abilities.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/lab/estatics/SElabs.cfm

Teacher Toolkits: Find a couple of Toolkits on this topic. Toolkits allow teachers to design standards-based, multimedia-driven lessons and units.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Teacher-Toolkits

The Photo Gallery: Need a great graphic to start a lesson or illustrate an idea? If you do, then you need to check out our Photo Gallery.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/gallery/estatics
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The Man Who Froze Snowflakes in Time

As the saying goes: No two snowflakes are the same. When you shoveling the freshly fallen flakes from your driveway it is hard to imagine that every crystal of fallen snow is unique from the rest. But it is true. And how doe we know this? Wilson Bentley, a Vermont farmer turned scientist introduced the phrase after pioneering a technique called photomicrography. He used a camera to capture still image of falling snow crystals. Learn more about this incredible science at the Science Friday website:

http://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/the-man-who-froze-snowflakes-in-time/
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Schlieren Flow Visualizations: What Does Sound Look Like?

From the Kids Should See This website, this short video explains how scientists have used a visualization method known as Schlieren Flow Visualization to help "see" sound waves emanating out from a source.

http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/82296107912
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From Leatherhead to Radio Head - the Evolution of the Football Helmet

In this intriguing article from Smithsonian, writer Jimmy Stamp discusses the evolution of the football helmet. beginning with the leather skull caps used in the early 1900s, the football helmet has evolved into a sophisticated, highly-engineered, impact-tested device that has even been equipped with three-axis accelerometers that send impact data to sideline computers in real-time. Enjoy the discussion at ...

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/leatherhead-to-radio-head-the-evolution-of-the-football-helmet-56585562
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+Mixed Plate Grey face mask. The horns were bigger to me.
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Helping Students Learn How to Learn

What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know. This article from the MindShift website elaborates on the idea of how to help student reflect on their learning and so make them better learners. As it has been said "If you give a child a fish, they will eat for a day. But if you teach a child to fish, they will eat for a lifetime." The same goes for teaching a student how to learn. It's time to make lifetime learners out of our students. Enjoy the article at ...

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/10/07/smart-strategies-that-help-students-learn-how-to-learn/
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+Donna Dale true...so true...my nieces attend private school...they were teasing that there's so many steps... by the time you finish question 1...the day is over...it's either back to home schooling, or start applying for private school...by the time Friday hits he dreads going to school...😑..so much for being a kid...
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The Review Session

We make every effort to make a student's efforts count towards the greatest benefits. We figure that if a student is going to take the time to study, then we must do everything to make that time count. And that is one reason why we have created The Review Session section of the website. The Review Session includes a collection of reviews for every topic in our Tutorial section. Each review includes numerous questions of varying type, answers to each question, and explanations or solutions to the questions. Finally, for those who need more help there are links to specific locations on pages at our Tutorial section.

We know that a student is going to study for a test. And with The Review Session, that studying can result in good learning ... and in the end, a pleasing test score. Anyone who has a job can't wait until pay day. If you're a student, then visit our Review Session and work through a review; then pick up the paycheck on test day.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/reviews
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Definitely need to give my son's a peek at this..😊
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Get Your Students Reasoning Scientifically

It is generally safe to assume that Physics teachers seek to open up the world of physics to their students. But as science teachers, it is also the hope of a physics teacher to train their students how to reason scientifically. Scientific reasoning includes a variety of traits that pertain to the ability to understand the scientific process, to interpret scientific findings, to analyze scientific data and suggest appropriate conclusions, etc. The Physics Classroom has provided an entire section to help teachers guide students towards becoming more adept at reasoning scientifically. If you are a science teacher, then you will love our Science Reasoning Center. It includes a variety of reading passages that thoroughly address the various components of scientific reasoning. If you are not a science teacher, perhaps you can recommend our Science Reasoning Center to someone who is. Enjoy at ...

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/reasoning
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OK just don't forget common sense. 
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Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning

While project-based learning has existed for decades, design thinking has recently entered the education lexicon, even though its history can be traced back to Herbert A. Simon's 1969 book The Sciences of the Artificial. So why the resurgence of these ideas? Beth Holland, EdTech teacher explores this question on the Edutopia website. Enjoy at ...

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/design-thinking-and-pbl-beth-holland

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Hot Hits at The Physics Classroom
Schools are getting back into full swing and traffic at The Physics Classroom is beginning to heat up. Here are our Hottest Hits for this past week:

1. Newton's Second Law at The Tutorial
The first of a five-page lesson, this page introduces students to the relationship between force, mass and acceleration. Using words, sample data, numerical tables, and qualitative reasoning, this page is sure to accelerate a student's learning. Our Tutorial is known for its use of an easy-to-understand language, the gradual and incremental development of a concept, and its use of Check Your Understanding questions that allow the learner to conduct regular self-assessments. If you've not tried our Tutorial yet, you should give it a try today.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/newtlaws/Lesson-3/Newton-s-Second-Law


2. Collision Carts at The Physics Interactives
This week's top Interactive was the Collision Carts Interactive. This Interactive allows learners to explore the conservation of momentum for collisions and explosions. The pre-collision mass and velocities can be set and the post-collisions velocities can be used to determine the total system momentum. A couple of ready-to-use exercises are available for teachers who wish to use the Interactive with their classes. The Interactive works well on tablets such as the iPad, on Chromebooks, and on mobile devices, making it a perfect tool for the 1:1 classroom.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Physics-Interactives/Momentum-and-Collisions/Collision-Carts


3. Momentum and Impulse Connection at The Tutorial
One of the most visited pages at The Physics Classroom this week was the Momentum and Impulse Connection page found in the Momentum and Collisions chapter of The Physics Classroom Tutorial. This Tutorial page helps learners to understand the connection between the impulse an object experiences and the momentum change that results. Using graphics and numerous examples, this Tutorial page explains how collisions are characterized by impulses that change the momentum of an object. The concept and mathematics are explained and elaborated upon.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/momentum/Lesson-1/Momentum-and-Impulse-Connection
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Eight Minute History of the Giant Field of Physics

Physics is the study of matter and energy. While its a simple definition, it's an enormous topic. And professional Physicist Dominic Walliman describes the depth and breadth of the topic in this 8-minute video in which he maps out the field of Physics. Walliman begins with Classical Physics and all the sub-disciplines that it involves. He then turns to modern physics topics, describing the fields of relativity and quantum mechanics. It is a great survey of the field we've grown so fond of. Enjoy at ...

http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/11/29/13769152/physics-subdiscipline-video
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+Maggie Nutting awesomely said!😊
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Is This What Quantum Mechanics Looks Like?

What does a 1-mm sized oil droplet bouncing around atop a speaker have to do with quantum mechanics? Dr. Derek Mueller of the Veritasium YouTube channel is prepared to tell you in this 6-minute video ... and you will likely be amazed. Enjoy Derek's video at ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIyTZDHuarQ
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No offense to the geniuses who can process such ideas, but could they possibly dumb down the words used so me and my fellow knuckle-draggers and mouth-breathers can understand said ideas?
It has already been done with a description of a quantum computer: it can calculate all possible ways to do something....
AT THE SAME TIME.
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Children's Science Series - Ten Engineering Apps for Kids

Engineering – Science's kindred spirit – is a big topic these days. It is reported that 7 of the top 25 jobs in America in recent years have been engineering positions. Many of the other top spots have been tech-related positions. The Bureau of Labor suggests that millions and millions of additional STEM jobs will be available in 2018. If there was ever a time to get a child enthused about engineering, now is the time.

Today we are featuring 10 different games and apps that foster an interested in science and engineering. Some even teach children to code at an early age. You can find the apps at …

http://www.learningliftoff.com/10-engineering-games-and-apps-for-kids
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This is amazing..my son's are at that age of gaming, knowing it all and curious on the technical side of how things (except dish soap, sponge and a kitchen sink) work..definitely looking this up..Thanks!
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