Regents Physics - Electricity & Magnetism


Electricity and Magnetism play a profound role in almost all aspects of our daily lives... from the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to sleep (and even while we're sleeping), applications of electricity and magnetism provide us tools, light, warmth, transportation, communication, and even entertainment. Despite its widespread use, however, there is much we're still learning every day about these phenomena!



  1. Calculate the charge on an object.
  2. Describe the differences between conductors and insulators.
  3. Explain the difference between conduction and induction.
  4. Explain how an electroscope works.
  5. Solve problems using the law of conservation of charge.
  6. Use Coulomb's Law to solve problems related to electrical force.
  7. Recognize that objects that are charged exert forces, both attractive and repulsive.
  8. Compare and contrast Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation with Coulomb's Law.
  9. Define, measure, and calculate the strength of an electric field.
  10. Solve problems related to charge, electric field, and forces.
  11. Define and calculate electric potential energy.
  12. Define and calculate potential difference.
  13. Solve basic problems involving charged parallel plates.

Electric Circuits

  1. Define and calculate electric current.
  2. Define and calculate resistance using Ohm's law.
  3. Explain the factors and calculate the resistance of a conductor.
  4. Identify the path and direction of current flow in a circuit.
  5. Draw and interpret schematic diagrams of circuits.
  6. Effectively use and analyze voltmeters and ammeters.
  7. Solve series and parallel circuit problems using VIRP tables.
  8. Calculate equivalent resistances for resistors in both series and parallel configurations.
  9. Calculate power and energy used in electric circuits.


  1. Explain that magnetism is caused by moving electrical charges.
  2. Describe the magnetic poles and interactions between magnets.
  3. Draw magnetic field lines.
  4. Describe the factors affecting an induced potential difference due to magnetic field lines interacting with moving charges.


Topics of Study

  1. Electric Charges
  2. Electrostatics
  3. Electric Current
  4. Series Circuits
  5. Parallel Circuits
  6. Magnetism
  7. Electricity & Magnetism Quiz