Easy Genius Science Projects with Electricity and Magnetism: Great Experiments and Ideas


Spark Your interest in science by learning about electricity and magnetism. Build an electromagnet, learn how circuits work, and more. Through scientific inquiry and exploration, ideas presented in this book can be developed into successful science fair projects.
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Spark Your interest in science by learning about electricity and magnetism. Build an electromagnet, learn how circuits work, and more. Through scientific inquiry and exploration, ideas presented in this book can be developed into successful science fair projects.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
The world of electricity and magnetism is a fascinating one, but it can also be confusing. Seeing how things work makes learning both easier and fun. The first chapter is devoted to early electrical experiments, with instructions on how to recreate William Gilbert and Ben Franklin's experiments with static electricity (among others). The second chapter explores magnetism, which always offers some easy and thought-provoking experiments. Chapter three is a little more advanced, with experiments in electricity, including how to build simple circuits. Chapter four's experiments help the young scientist explore the link between electricity and magnetism. Chapter five turns to more practical applications, such as how to build simple electric motors. Gardner is careful to caution the reader about when they should ask an adult for help at various, potentially dangerous steps in the experiments. The experiments are clearly explained and illustrated and include simple demonstrations for the second grade science report, as wells as experiments for the high school advanced science fair. All school libraries should include this excellent resource from the "Easy Genius Science Projects" series. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766029231
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Easy Genius Science Projects Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Science Fairs 7

Safety First 8

Your Notebook 9

The Scientiffic Method 10

Chapter 1 Electricity: A First Look with Early Scientists 13

1.1 William Gilbert and Static Electricity 14

1.2 Benjamin Franklin and Static Electricity 17

1.3 Inducing Charge 20

1.4 Detecting Charge: An Electroscope 22

Chapter 2 Magnetism: A First Look with Early Scientists 27

2.1 Magnets, Compasses, and Poles 28

2.2 Magnets, Magnetic Matter, and Nonmagnetic Matter 31

2.3 Our Magnetic Earth 34

2.4 Make a Magnet or Two 37

2.5 Magnetic Dip 41

2.6 A Magnetic Field 43

Chapter 3 Electric cells, Batteries, Circuits, Currents, Volts, and Amps 47

3.1 Volta's Battery: A Voltaic Pile 49

3.2 Making a Battery from Electric Cells 52

3.3 A Simple Electric Circuit: Bulb, Wire, and D-Cell 56

3.4 Another Circuit: Bulb, Bulb Holder, Wires, Battery, and Meters 58

3.5 A Series Circuit and a Parallel Circuit 62

3.6 A Lemon Cell 65

3.7 An LED 67

3.8 Electrical Resistance 68

3.9 Electrical Resistance and Meters 73

3.10 Electrical Resistance and a Rheostat 74

3.11 Electrical Resistance, a Short Circuit, and a Fuse 77

3.12 Electrical Resistance and Copper Plating 78

Chapter 4 Electricity and Magnetism: A Connection 83

4.1 Orsted's Discovery and Ampere's Rule 84

4.2 Ampere, a Galvanometer, and Electric Meters 87

4.3 Ampere and Magnetic Forces on Side-by-Side Electric Currents 90

4.4 Magnets from Electric Currents 93

4.5 An Electromagnet 95

4.6 Conductors and Nonconductors 97

4.7 Curie Point 100

Chapter 5 Faraday, Electric Motors, and Generators 103

5.1 The Motor Principle: The Force on a Current in a Magnetic Field104

5.2 A Simple Electric Motor 107

5.3 Electricity from Magnets: Electromagnetic Induction 110

5.4 A Motor as a Generator 113

5.5 Check Your Family's Electric Bill and the Wattage of Appliances 116

Answers to Questions 119

Appendix: Science Supply companies 120

Glossary 121

Further Reading and Internet Addresses 123

Index 125

About the Author 128

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