Talk:Bright ideas about electricity

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Photo captions007:40, 23 April 2009
Nice work; minor changes008:28, 22 April 2009

Photo captions


Formatting figures[edit]

Any photograph, map, diagram, or handout that is embedded in your wiki counts as a figure. Tables should be handled differently.

Adding numbered captions to your figures can simplify your writing. You can refer a reader to a picture as simply as this: (Fig 1). No need to say see below or to the right of this text, particularly when the figure may move depending on the window size in which the page is viewed. So, I suggest captions like this: Figure 1. Enough detail following the figure number to orient the reader to the image. Figure captions do not work well in the Rich Text editor, so it may be worth turning that off to edit captions. The following image and caption was added to this page using this syntax:[[Image:RainbowHypothesis.jpg|Figure 1: Students generating hypotheses|thumb]]

Figure 1: Students generating hypotheses

Once changes have been made, you should delete the text ''{{Figures}}''from your page.


A simple circuit diagram would be a big improvement. You may find one that is without copyright strings over on Wikipedia; cite your source!!

Dmccabe (talk)07:40, 23 April 2009

Nice work; minor changes

Hi folks,

I made some small changes and I suggest some others:

  • Add the term insulator
  • Do you need insulated wire or does it matter?
  • Your vocab is inconsistent between the wiki and the handout; worth fixing
  • A closed loop is a circuit rather than a conductor (see handout)
  • Handout:
    • Terms are frame shifted
    • Roll not Role
  • suggestion: consider adding a foil reflector and electrical contact (the foil will grip both the bulb and the wire; but you'd need a cardboard disk with a hole in the center to prevent the foil from shorting out the flashlight)

More comments coming very soon

Dmccabe (talk)08:28, 22 April 2009