About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Physics C Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about electric forces and electric fields. There is no faster or easier way to learn about electrical forces and fields. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about electric force fields, electric charges, insulators, conductors and related scientific laws.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a physics curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and an electrical forces and fields unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
AP Physics C - Electrical Forces and Fields Unit Objectives:
- Discover how materials become charged.
- Explore why opposite charges are attracted to each other and like charges repel each other.
- Recognize the meaning of arrow direction and spacing in electric field diagrams.
- Understand Coulomb's law and variables that impact the force between charged particles.
- Identify qualities and examples of good conductors and insulators.
- Learn Gauss's law and apply it to examples.
1. Electric Charge and Force: Definition, Repulsion & Attraction
Have you ever wondered what electricity is and where it comes from? Have you ever been zapped by static electricity and wondered how it got there? We'll answer all of these questions in this lesson on electric charge and force!
2. Electric Force Fields and the Significance of Arrow Direction & Spacing
Did you know that force fields don't just exist in science fiction movies? In this lesson, we'll explore the electric force fields that surround charged particles and how we can draw diagrams that represent them.
3. Coulomb's Law: Variables Affecting the Force Between Two Charged Particles
In the 18th century, Charles Coulomb uncovered the secrets of electrostatic force between charged particles. The results of his experiments led to what is now known as Coulomb's Law, which tells us how force, charge, and distance are all related.
4. Insulators and Conductors: Examples, Definitions & Qualities
In this lesson, we'll explore the reasons that some materials conduct electrical energy with ease while others block it almost completely. We'll also talk about the property of conductivity and some everyday examples of insulators and conductors.
5. Gauss' Law: Definition & Examples
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what Gauss' Law is, derive Gauss' Law for a sphere and cylinder, and use it to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.
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Other chapters within the AP Physics C: Homeschool Curriculum course
- AP Physics C - Kinematics: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Newton's Laws: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Work, Energy, & Power: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Linear Momentum: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Potential and Capacitance: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Direct Current Circuits: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Magnetism: Homeschool Curriculum