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Electroboom – Why Use AC Instead of DC at Home??

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Electroboom – Brushed DC Motors and How to Drive Them

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Three Right Hand Rules of Electromagnetism – Magnetic Force

Teaching electricity and magnetism is complicated by the challenge that the magnetic forces are perpendicular to the motion of the particles and currents.  This requires a three-dimensional perspective which can introduce a variable of a “wrong” direction.  To prevent errors, … Continue reading

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VCAA study design – adjusted for 2020

Here is the updated information about adjustments made to Physics curriculum just for 2020. https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/curriculum/vce/vce-study-designs/physics/Pages/Index.aspx

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Charges & fields observations

https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/charges-and-fields/latest/charges-and-fields_en.html This great learning object from PhET is great tool for discussion in the Physics classroom, as well as a powerful simulation of actual values. Here are three interesting screen shots that can be used as basis for discussions. This … Continue reading

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Professor Dave – Electric Charge and Electric Fields

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Veritasium – Why Are Astronauts Weightless?

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PhET – Charges and Fields

Arrange positive and negative charges in space and view the resulting electric field and electrostatic potential. Plot equipotential lines and discover their relationship to the electric field. Create models of dipoles, capacitors, and more! (Choose the fullscreen option down the … Continue reading

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PhET – Gravity force lab

Visualize the gravitational force that two objects exert on each other. Adjust properties of the objects to see how changing the properties affects the gravitational attraction. (Choose the fullscreen option down the bottom right hand corner.) https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/gravity-force-lab

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PhET – Gravity And Orbits

Move the sun, earth, moon and space station to see how it affects their gravitational forces and orbital paths. Visualize the sizes and distances between different heavenly bodies, and turn off gravity to see what would happen without it! (Choose … Continue reading

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