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ERIC Number: EJ1173291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
MRI Experiments for Introductory Physics
Taghizadeh, Sanaz; Lincoln, James
Physics Teacher, v56 n4 p266-268 Apr 2018
The introductory physics classroom has long educated students about the properties of the atom and the nucleus. But absent from these lessons has been an informed discussion of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its parent science nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Physics teachers should not miss the opportunity to instruct upon this highly relevant application of modern physics, especially with so many of our students planning to pursue a career in medicine. This article provides an overview of the physics of MRI and gives advice on how physics teachers can introduce this topic. Also included are some demonstration activities and a discussion of a desktop MRI apparatus that may be used by students in the lab or as a demo. A combined list of notes and references is provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A