Thrown for a Loop

Round and round it goes. Class members observe a current carrying loop in a magnetic field and calculate its associated torque. They then apply what they have learned to example problems to solve for the torque and to calculate the energy of the loop. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Show a video of a loop rotating because of the magnetic force applied to it
  • Provide other examples for the class to do
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should have an understanding of rotation and torque
  • The fifth in a 14-part series

  • The homework answer key shows the calculations required to arrive at the answer
  • The lesson plan contains a labeling scheme in order to draw the two-dimensional representations of what is happening in three dimensions

  • The lesson plan does not lay out an instructional strategy