Physics: Electricity & Heat (age 14-18) eBook

Lesson plan and student worksheets


Data Harvest

Product Description

62 practical activities for 14 – 18 year olds to support GCSE, AS and A Level courses

This eBook, as part of the Secondary Teaching Materials (10 ebooks), contains:

  • The full eBook (PDF) of all the experiment worksheets and teachers notes.
  • Every worksheet and teacher note as a separate PDF
  • Setup files to match these experiments are included in the EasySense1 software 

Topics include:

  • Radiant energy
  • Convection, conduction and radiation
  • Heat and temperature
  • Equivalence of energy
  • U values and insulation
  • Electrical characteristics
  • Current and voltage in a circuit
  • Ohm's law
  • Electromagnetism.
  • Diodes
  • Transistors
  • LCR circuits



      The activities include:  
      • The coffee problem
      • Cooling by evaporation
      • How does sweating keep you cool?
      • Cooling substances
      • Heat transfer
      • Radiate energy (Leslie’s cube)
      • Relationship between temperature and radiated energy
      • What type of surface absorbs radiant energy?
      • Why insulate houses? A hotter house for less greenhouse gas
      • Conduction and convection in gases
      • Conduction and convection in liquids
      • Conduction and convection in solids
      • Which is the best conductor of heat?
      • Which material is the best absorber of heat?
      • Residual heat: Thermal imaging
      • Residual heat: Finding where a natural disaster survivor is buried
      • Hot stuff!
      • Equivalence of heat energy liberated to electrical energy dissipated
      • Stefan – Boltzmann law using a tungsten filament lamp
      • Calibration of a thermometer
      • Specific heat capacity for a liquid
      • Specific heat capacity of a solid
      • Using U values, how heat is lost
      • Angle of the sun and collected energy
      • What changes the current in a circuit?
      • Good and bad connectors
      • Connecting resistors together
      • What happens to the brightness of a bulb when the voltage is changed?
      • Can you use the bulb brightness to measure current?
      • Current and voltage a) against time) b) as an x –y graph
      • Electric current in circuits – series circuits – current has no choice
      • Electric current in circuits – Parallel circuits – current has a choice
      • Electric current in circuits – current and voltage in a simple series circuit
      • Ohm’s Law
      • Electrical characteristics resistor, lamp diode and LED
      • Time constant for a capacitor – resistor circuit
      • Time constant for a capacitor – resistor circuit
      • Charge stored on a capacitor
      • Energy stored in a capacitor
      • Startup current of a light bulb
      • Long wires, less power?
      • Induction of a current in a conductor
      • Induction of a voltage in a coil
      • Induction of a voltage in a coil extension + current
      • Induction of a voltage in a coil extension + current and magnetic field
      • What happens when a magnet spins in a coil?
      • Efficiency of an electric motor / generator
      • Electricity from water power
      • Change in the magnetic field strength between magnets
      • Measuring the strength of an electromagnet
      • Strength of an electromagnet, measuring volts and current
      • What happens if an alternating current is used to make an electromagnet?
      • How does the magnetic field strength due to a coil vary as the current varies?
      • The force acting on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field
      • The variation of the magnetic field strength along the axis of a coil
      • Mapping the magnetic field of a bar magnet
      • Efficiency of a transformer
      • The D.C. characteristics of a diode
      • Diodes: A.C. rectification
      • Diodes: A.C. rectification bridge
      • The input characteristic of a transistor
      • Transistor as a switch and a current amplifier
      • Reactance and phase in a capacitor
      • C –R circuit. The impedance and phase difference changes as the frequency increases
      • L – R circuit. How does the impedance change as the frequency increases?
      • Resonance in a series LCR circuit

      Sensors used are:

      • Temperature (3100)
      • Infrared (3278)
      • Heat Flow (3150)
      • Voltage (3160 or 3160-12 and 3162)
      • Current (3165, 3166, 3167)
      • Magnetic Field (3170)
      • Light Level (3124)