Faraday's Electromagnetic Lab

"But still try, for who knows what is possible." - Michael Faraday. Faraday's advice features in a simulation that permits pupils to play with a bar magnet in order to make a light bulb glow connecting electromagnetic induction to Faraday's Law. Finally, scholars can virtually play with electromagnets, generators, and transformers to round out the lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Build a simple electromagnet during class
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Java 1.5.0_15 or later on Windows and Linux computers and Java 1.5.0_19 or later on Macs
  • Assumes prior knowledge of magnetic fields and polarity
Pros

  • Provides teacher-submitted activities for classes from middle school through grad school
  • Translates the game into 54 different languages
  • Includes a list of simplifications to assist with differentiation
Cons

  • None