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ERIC Number: EJ912355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Understanding Simple Circuits
Mant, Jenny; Wilson, Helen
Primary Science Review, n98 p29-33 May-Jun 2007
Many envisage electricity as the "power" to "do things." They know that electricity needs "circuits" and that something is "flowing" in the circuits, but they are not sure what or why. Words such as "current" and "voltage" are part of electricity but their meaning, and the difference between them, is not always clear. In this article, the authors have tried to present the basic ideas teachers need to know in order to understand what is happening in simple circuits. They also describe some models and analogies that have helped children and teachers get a "feel" for what is happening in the circuits they have set up. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A