COSMOS Episode 10: The Electric Boy Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 10: The Electric Boy (2014) gives us an in-depth look into the contributions of Michael Faraday, whose experiments paved the way for many of the scientific advancements in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th Century. Neil DeGrasse Tyson gives us the journey of a young boy born into poverty, whose passionate scientific curiosity about electricity turned him into one of the most famous scientists of his time.

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COSMOS Episode 10: The Electric Boy (2014) gives us an in-depth look into the contributions of Michael Faraday, whose experiments paved the way for many of the scientific advancements in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th Century. Neil DeGrasse Tyson gives us the journey of a young boy born into poverty, whose passionate scientific curiosity about electricity turned him into one of the most famous scientists of his time.

In this episode, Tyson discusses Faraday’s horrendous experience with school as a young boy, his journey out of crippling poverty, Faraday’s invention of the first electric motor, magnetic and electrical field lines, lines of force, magnetic polarization, the interrelatedness of light, electricity, and magnetism, the electromagnetic spectrum, Earth’s magnetic field, how animals use magnetic fields to navigate, solar winds, auroras, and James Maxwell’s field equations.

This episode is appropriate for the following classes: geology, biology, physics, astronomy, chemistry, physical science, general science, or history.

The runtime is 44 minutes. The video guide is designed to last an entire class, with some time left over to answer questions or facilitate a classroom discussion.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, first electric motor, magnetic and electrical field lines, lines of force, magnetic polarization, interrelatedness of light, electricity, and magnetism, electromagnetic spectrum, Earth’s magnetic field, how animals use magnetic fields to navigate, solar winds, auroras, electromagnetic induction, electrolysis, Maxwell’s field equations

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