Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite Edward F. Redish

Sample Problems: Electricity

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 Problem Name Multiple-Choice/Short Answer Multiple-Choice/Multiple Response Representation Translation Ranking Tasks Mechanism- Based Reasoning Problems Estimation Problems Qualitative Questions Essay Questions E1. Functional dependence and the electric field(*) X X E2. Estimating charge (*) X E3. E-Field multiple representations X X E4. Orienteering an electric potential (*) X X E5. A cell membrane X E6. A battery and two bulbs (*) X X E7. A battery and four bulbs (*) X X E8. Lots of batteries and a bulb (*) X X E9. Building a water heater (*) X X E10. Tracking round a circuit (*) X X E11. Saving on your electric bill (*) X E12. Modeling a nerve membrane (*) X E13. Forces between charges (*) X X E14. The size of an oil drop (*) X X E15. The resistance of a pocket calculator (*) X E16. What's a field? (*) X E17. What happens to the bulbs? X X X E18. Ammeters and voltmeters (*) X X E19. Using Gauss's Law X E20. Charge from field lines X X X E21. Interpreting Gauss X X X E22. Finding the E field X X E23. Solar power for your house X X E24. Dependence of E X X E25. Constant current source (*) X X E26. Analyzing dipoles (*) X X E27. The Electroscope (*) X X E28. What's the charge, officer? (*) X X E29. Three charge problems (*) X X E30. Thinking about Coulomb's law X X E31. Forces on charges (*) X X E32. Accelerating charges (*) X X E33. Current flow analogies (*) X X E34. Electric forces (*) X X X E35. Using Kirchoff's Laws (*) X X E36. Thinking about an ammeter (*) X E37. Fields in a capacitor (*) X X E38. Jump starting a car (*) X X E39. The power of a nerve (*) X X E40. Changing the charges X X X E41. A positive and negative test (*) X X E42. Sheets of charge (*) X X X E43. Electric field hockey (*) X X E44. Removing a bulb X X E45. A battery, bulb, and one wire X X E46. Forces among three charges: 1 X X E47. Contemplating Kirchhoff X E48. Air flow current X E49. Analogies X E50. Comparing capacitors (*) X E51. Capacitors in series and parallel (*) X X X E52. Capacitance in nerve cells (*) X E53. Comparing capacitors 2 X X E54. The energy stored in a capacitor(*) X E55. Three bulbs and two batteries (*) X X E56. With a grain of salt(*) X X E57. Charge on a neuron(*) X E58. Points and sheets(*) X X E59. Charges, fields, and potentials(*) X X X E60. Throwing a switch (*) X E61. Contemplating Ohm's law(*) X E62. Stuffing a capacitor (*) X X E63. Ranking capacitors(*) X X E64. But it's just a leetle bit different (*) X E65. Counting charges (*) X E66. Mechanism in a resistor X E67. Forces among three charges: 2 X

(*) Problems marked with an asterisk have web solutions available. Click on the asterisk to go to the solution. A password is required. Contact redish@umd.edu to get access.