The Importance Of Physics In Engineering

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Throughout the years, student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers has gradually been increasing. Not only has student interest gone up, the demand for engineers has also increased [STEM, website]. There are a number of different engineering majors a student can choose, but physics can be seen throughout the many disciplines. Physics is a vital part of engineering that must be understood in order to seek a career in any engineering field. Due to it being so important, introducing students to the material at a young age is essential to their futures as engineers. A simple and effective project that helps young students become familiar with physics, is the electromagnet experiment. The electromagnet experiment …show more content…
The project requires the students to use a larger battery, six volt lantern battery, as well as a thick bolt, rather than a nail. Fifty to two-hundred turns of wire are wrapped tightly around the iron bolts. The purpose is to determine the differences in strength of the electromagnets with different amounts of coils wrapped around the bolts. The more coils wrapped around the iron bolt allows the strength of the electromagnet to increase. The students were also encouraged to redo the experiment by using different metals as core materials inside of the coiled wire. Although this experiment teaches the same principle of physics, it is solely focused on strength [Electromagnet, …show more content…
The students will learn the relationship between electricity and magnetism, and they will also learn how to work together as a team in order to accomplish a given task. They will have to make important decisions amongst one another, as well as work efficiently. The reason for this is because, unlike the previous forms of the experiment, they will race against other teams in transporting the paper clips from one side of the room to the other with time being the major factor. The students/teams will then discuss their various results due to the number of coils they wrapped around the nail and also by which method they chose as a team to complete the task [Engineering,

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