Unit 5 Assignments
Science Pseudoscience & Technology
Static & Magnets

Science Skills

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Electric Current
 Bundle 5 How can objects interact at a distance?
MS-PS2-3  Evidence Statement
Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.
[Clarification Statement: Examples of devices that use electric and magnetic forces could include electromagnets, electric motors, or generators. Examples of data could include the effect of the number of turns of wire on the strength of an electromagnet, or the effect of increasing the number or strength of magnets on the speed of an electric motor.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment about questions that require quantitative answers is limited to proportional reasoning and algebraic thinking.]
MS-PS2-5. Evidence Statement
Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.
[Clarification Statement: Examples of this phenomenon could include the interactions of magnets, electrically-charged strips of tape, and electrically-charged pith balls. Examples of investigations could include first-hand experiences or simulations.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to electric and magnetic fields, and limited to qualitative evidence for the existence of fields.]
The concept that, when two objects interact, each one exerts a force on the other that can cause energy to be transferred to or from the object (PS3.C as in MS-PS3-2) can connect to the idea that forces that act at a distance (electric and magnetic) can be explained by fields that extend through space (PS2.B as in MS-PS2-5). These ideas also connect to the concept that electric and magnetic (electromagnetic) forces can be attractive or repulsive, and their sizes depend on the magnitudes of the charges, currents, or magnetic strengths involved and on the distances between the interacting objects (PS2.B as in MS-PS2-3).
Additionally, these ideas about forces that act at a distance can be connected to the concept that gravitational forces are always attractive; there is a gravitational force between any two masses, but it is very small except when one or both of the objects have large mass—e.g., Earth and the sun (PS2.B as in MS-PS2-4). Then, gravitational forces connect to the concepts that the solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them (ESS1.B as in MS-ESS1-3 and MS-ESS1-2) and this model of the solar system can explain eclipses of the sun and the moon. Earth’s spin axis is fixed in direction over the short-term but tilted relative to its orbit around the sun. The seasons are a result of that tilt and are caused by the differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year (ESS1.B as in MS-ESS1-1).

QuiaQuiz: SCA_B12 Electromagnets  & (MB12)

Practice Quiz: SCA_B12 Electromagnets
Take every day before sleeping!

Vocabulary Review Activities

  BrainPop Animations and Practice Quizes *  >BrainPop

PearsonPPT-ThumbElectronics Slideshow
PearsonPPT-ThumbUsing Electromagnetism Slideshow


ElectroMagnets  Chapter 1, Section 4  Pages 31 & 38-40
2010 Book

Electric Motors Chapter 3, Section1  Pages 78-83
Generating Electric Current Chapter 3, Section2  Pages 84-87

Electromagnetism booklet - Worksheet
Edison booklet - Worksheet

Science Skills Handbook
Appendix: Pages 202-214:
Process Skills Packet

(Online Textbook: Log onto Pearson.com, then click on the titles above for the online text.)
Labs & Videos
Magnets and Electromagnets
Magnets and Electromagnets

write up an experiment
based on this activity.

write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Faraday's Law
Faraday's Law

write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Faraday's Electromagnetic Lab
Faraday's Electromagnetic Lab

 Practice Lab Write-Up

  • MS-PS2-3  Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.
  • old - PS2-3 Faraday Lab Assessment.pptx
Induction Applet
Induction Applet
Wire Current-Magnetic Field
Wire Current-Magnetic Field

Solenoid Induction
Solenoid Induction

Solenoid and Compass
Solenoid and Compass

AC Generator
AC Generator
DC Generator
Lenz's Law
Lenz's Law
molrcular motion
Gizmos Magnetism

Gizmos Magnetic Induction

 Pressure-Temp Applet
Gizmos Electromagnetic Induction


Snaptricity Lesson 3 Electromagnets

PS2-3 Lab Write-Up - vary voltage,current, or wire
Magnet Lab

Interactive Tutorials

Science Demonstrations

Solenoid Page
EnergyQuest Electromagnet Project

TechnologyStudent.Com Electronics Lessons


Snap Circuits FM Radio and Amplifier
Disney Imagineering
Electricity Video

Khan Academy

Magnetic Field From Current
Electric Motors

Dr. Loopy EM

magnetic microbots
Generating Current

Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
Reading & Math Work

Math and DataMath Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type
Silver Sensing THinking Hand Sensing-Thinking (Mastery)
  1. Create a diagram that shows electromagnets and motors.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Show different ways that electromagnets and motors is used by  humans.
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create a diagram that shows different types of electromagnets and motors.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Show how electromagnets and motors could be used in a new invention.

  1. Make a video or animation of atoms  (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about atoms and static charges (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of static electricity in its many forms.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
Whenever electrons flow , they generate a magnetic field that wraps around the direction of the current.

If you move a magnet near a coil of wire, a electrons begin to flow in the circuit.
This relationship is know as electromagnetism.
A solenoid is a coil of wire that increases the electromagnetic effect. The ends of the coil become the north and south poles of the magnetic field.
Domains A solenoid's magnetic field has three properties.
  1. The field can be turned on or off.
  2. Reversing the current reverses the north/south poles.
  3. Increasing the current makes the magnetic field stronger.
Adding a ferromagnetic material inside the coil creates an electromagnet.
An electromagnet can be made stronger by:
  1. Adding more coils.
  2. Increasing the current.
  3. Making the coils closer.
  4. Use a stronger ferromagnetic material.
wire moves in field

When a current-carrying wire is placed in a magnetic field, electrical
energy is converted into mechanical energy.
Generator Moving a magnetic field near a solenoid generates an electrical current.
motor gif
An electric motor is a device that uses an electric current to turn an axle. An electric motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy.
Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse (1791-1872) inventor who improved the telegraph and developed a binary communications method (Morse Code) that is the basis of digital communications today (digital computers& media.)

The telegraph was the 'father' of modern telephones & computers today. It used electro - magnets to communicate 'dots and dashes' over thousands of miles acrossf oceans before wireless radios.