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Electromagnetic Induction—Inquiry Lab Kit for AP® Physics 2

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP8005 

Price: $139.86

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With the Electromagnetic Induction Inquiry Lab Kit for AP® Physics 2, design a procedure and use available materials to build an AC generator that lights an LED.

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AP Physics 2, Big Idea 4, Investigation 10

Electricity and magnetism are just two parts of the unifying concept of electromagnetism. Once it was known that electric currents produce magnetic fields, it was natural to wonder if magnetic fields could produce electric currents. Since that breakthrough discovery, human innovation has brought us into the modern technological age with AC generators, microphones and MRI machines. 

This advanced-inquiry lab begins with an introductory activity in which students use a galvanometer, coils of wire and a magnet to investigate the effect of magnetic flux on a coil of wire through a structured-inquiry approach. This procedure provides a model for a guided-inquiry activity in which students are challenged to design a procedure and use available materials to build an AC generator that lights an LED. 

Complete for 24 students working in groups of three. Galvanometers are required and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Bottle, jar, capped, 60 mL, 8
Cardboard tube, 2⅞" length, 1½" diameter, 8
Connector cord with alligator clips, 16
Galvanometer, -500 to +500
Iron nails, 3" long, 8
LED, clear, red, 16
Magnet wire
Neodymium magnet ½" x ⅜", 16
Sandpaper sheet, 9" x 11"

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Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-3. Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces
MS-PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
HS-PS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that an electric current can produce a magnetic field and that a changing magnetic field can produce an electric current.