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What Should be the Role of Field Energy in Introductory Physics Courses?

Authors
  • Hilborn, Robert
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
May 06, 2013
Submission Date
May 06, 2013
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1119/1.4826598
Source
arXiv
License
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Abstract

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas gives the concept of field energy a prominent role in the physical sciences sections of its recommendations for K-12 science education. I examine what A Framework suggests for the role of field energy and point out that, given the ambiguities and complexities associated with field energy, a traditional approach focusing on potential (configuration) energy is more appropriate for introductory physics in secondary schools, colleges, and universities.

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