MISCONCEPTIONS SPREAD BY
8/1995 William J. Beaty
How does 'electricity' work? If you've learned about electricity from
grade-school textbooks, then first we have to do some "debunking" and
find out how electricity DOESN'T work.
Sorry if the following is a bit contentious at times. I wrote it in an
attempt to get some things off my chest. If you keep watching this site,
I'll probably clean it up and make it sound a bit more professional.
Also, this file is still under construction and is being written, edited,
corrected, etc. It does currently contain some mistakes of its own. I
placed it online as a sort of 'trial by fire' in order to hear readers'
responses and target weak or unclear sections for improvement. Please
feel free to post comments. -Bill B.
"Many errors, of a truth, consist merely
in the application of the
wrong names of things." - Spinoza
AM I JUST A NITPICKER?
How SHOULD we teach electricity?
All the Electricity essays here
LINKS: Misconceptions in K6 textbooks (scroll down)
Electricity: the frequently-asked questions
Unedited notes on why electricity is so difficult
Truth does not consist in minute accuracy of detail, but
in conveying a right impression - Henry Alford
Give me fruitful error any time, full of seeds,
bursting with its own
corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.
- Vifredo Pareto
ELECTRIC CURRENT MISCONCEPTIONS:
"I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is
much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that
might be wrong." - Richard Feynman
Some Electrical Misconception Articles:
"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of
the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most
obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of
conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which
they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by
thread, into the fabric of their lives." -Tolstoy
Links to other Websites: Electricity
Other articles here:
"It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot
irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is
known, but to question it. " - Jacob Bronowski