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View Resource Folding Paper Model of the Earth's Magnetosphere

This website, created by authors David P. Stern and Mauricio Peredo, provides instructions and an image which can be downloaded, printed on a regular page, copied by a xerox machine (preferably, onto stiff paper), cut and folded to produce a model of the Earth's magnetosphere. A supplement to "Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere" whose index page is linked at the beginning and the end of the...

View Resource Work Performed Against an Electric Force

This page, authored and curated by David P. Stern, illustrates the concept of work against an electric force using the examples of the Van de Graaff generator and lightening. There are also shorter examples of the Xerox machine and electric charge on transparency sheets as well as links to sites relating to the Van de Graaff machine or lightening. This is an optional section from a much larger...

View Resource Magnetic Trapping

This set of five web pages provides a non-mathematical introduction to the motion of charged particles in magnetic fields. These pages describe the "guiding center motion" which determines the motion of ions and electrons trapped in the Earth's magnetic field and in laboratory plasma devices. Also covered are gyration and mirroring, adiabatic invariance and drifts due to an electric field and...

View Resource Fusion Energy Educational Web Site

This site, a joint effort between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Princeton Plasma National Laboratory, is a collection of resources about nuclear fusion. It provides a large set of definitions for the terms most commonly used in fusion research, and a course developed in conjunction with the Contemporary Physics Education Project. Some of the largest sections consist of: "Other Stars...

View Resource The Great Magnet, the Earth

This is a non-mathematical overview of magnetism and the Earth's magnetic field, written for the 400th anniversary of William Gilbert's book "De Magnete". It includes discussions of electromagnetism, solar magnetism, dynamo theory, ocean floor magnetization, and magnetospheres of Earth and planets. There is also a review of "A Millennium of Geomagnetism" and recommendations for teachers of this...

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