|Magnetism and Electricity Overview
MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY
The Magnetism and Electricity Module consists of five sequential
investigations, each designed
to introduce or reinforce concepts
in physical science. Students
experience magnetism and
electricity as related effects
and learn useful applications
of magnetism and electricity in
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
- Observe the interaction of permanent magnets with a variety
of common materials.
- Discover that magnets have two different poles, called north
and south poles; like poles repel and opposite poles attract.
- Build a compass and use it to detect magnetic fields,
including Earth’s magnetic field.
- Measure the change in force between two magnets as the
distance between them changes.
- Create static charge and determine that electrically charged
objects attract or repel each other.
- Understand, design, and build simple open, closed, parallel,
and series circuits.
- Observe that electric current flowing in a wire produces a
- Learn how to build an electromagnet.
- Experience the relationship between the number of winds of
wire around a core and the strength of the magnetism.
- Use their knowledge of electromagnets to make a simple
device, a telegraph, and understand how electromagnets are
used in other devices such as motors and generators.
- Learn that electric energy can be converted to heat, light, and
- Develop questions and perform scientific investigations to
test predictions and draw conclusions.
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