Academic Standard

Electricity and Magnetism
Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
9 to 12
Subject = Physics
Near the middle of the 19th century, Scottish physicist James Clerk-Maxwell proved that magnetic and electric fields were different aspects of the same field. Maxwell also proved that the behavior of light evolved naturally from this theory and predicted its absolute velocity. The study of Electromagnetism is another very broad topic within physics. Forces that hold molecules together, how our cell phones work, and the nature of electricity are all described by electromagnetic theory. Conceptual StrandElectric change is the fundamental quantity that underlies electricity and magnetism.Guiding QuestionHow does an electric charge produce electric and magnetic fields?
Elements within this Standard
Course Level Expectation
Examine the properties of electric forces, electric charges, and electric fields.
Explore the flow of charge and electric currents.
Investigate Ohm's law.
Compare and contrast series and parallel circuits.
Analyze schematic diagrams.
Understand magnetic poles, magnetic fields, and investigate electromagnetic induction.
Understand that moving charges give rise to magnetism.
Check For Understanding
Create a simple electromagnet.
Draw an electric field, given a scenario of charged particles.
Solve problems of resistance using Ohm's law [E = IR (or V=IR)].
Draw and explain series and parallel circuits.
Solve problems related to voltage, current, and resistance [Voltage, V = IR; Series circuit formulas, RT = R1+R2 +, IT = I1 = I2 = , VT =V1+ V2+; Parallel
Build series and parallel circuits to demonstrate how they function.
Demonstrate a generated current by electromagnetic induction.
Design a lab to demonstrate the flow of charged particles and an electric current.
Analyze a given group of charges for repulsion and attraction.
Distinguish between charged particles related to repulsion and attraction.
Describe the electric field that fills the space around a charged particle or group of charges [Coulombs law of electrostatics, F= k (Q1Q2)/d2].
Identify components of series and parallel circuits and solve problems related to voltage, current, and resistance.
Describe how current is generated by electromagnetic induction.
State Performance Indicator
Predict and sketch electric fields, given scenarios of charged particles.
Solve electricity problems using Ohms law formula.
Identify circuits as series or parallel.
Solve electricity problems related to voltage, current, and resistance.
Given a diagram of charged particles, sketch arrows that represent repulsion and attraction.
Solve problems related to Coulombs law of electrostatics.
Identify components of series and parallel circuits.