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A reflection on the use of 'electric flux' in introductory physics instruction
O'Sullivan, Colm T.
The treatment of electric fields and flux in most textbooks on introductory physics, at least in the English language, differs radically from the nomenclature recommended by all relevant standards organizations and authorities. The general approach also conflicts with the usual methodology adopted in electrical engineering texts. The origin of the discrepancy is outlined and it is suggested that resolving the conflict would be beneficial to the teaching and learning of this and related topics.
Keyword(s): Electric fields; Flux; Textbook; Introductory physics; Nomenclature; Standards organizations; Methodology; Electrical engineering; Discrepancy
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Cork
Citation(s): O'Sullivan, C. T. (2018) 'A reflection on the use of 'electric flux' in introductory physics instruction', European Journal of Physics, 39 (4), 045708. doi:10.1088/1361-6404/aaba3d
Publisher(s): IOP Publishing
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2018-04-11 06:30:58 Last Updated: 2018-09-21 06:34:48