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ERIC Number: EJ1033500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The Sponge Resistor Model--A Hydrodynamic Analog to Illustrate Ohm's Law, the Resistor Equation R=?l/A, and Resistors in Series and Parallel
Pfister, Hans
Physics Teacher, v52 n5 p270-275 May 2014
Physics students encountering electric circuits for the first time often ask why adding more resistors to a circuit sometimes increases and sometimes decreases the resulting total resistance. It appears that these students have an inadequate understanding of current flow and resistance. Students who do not adopt a model of current, voltage, and resistance necessarily resort to memorizing formulas for calculating, e.g., the resistance of a resistor network. For these students, certain properties of electric circuits may remain mysterious or puzzling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A