Lesson Plan: Superconductors

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe models of the conduction of charge carriers through molecular lattices with zero resistance.


Students will be able to

  • recall that a superconductor is a conductor that does not dissipate the energy of a current in it,
  • recall that superconducting substances are only superconductive below their transition temperature,
  • recall the transition temperatures of some superconducting substances,
  • recall that the Meissner effect describes the deflection of magnetic field lines around a superconductor,
  • describe applications of superconductors,
  • describe limitations of transition temperatures of superconductors on their applications,
  • qualitatively describe the motion of a Cooper pair in a superconductor.


Students should already be familiar with

  • ohmic conductors,
  • the shapes of magnetic fields due to straight conductors and current loops.


Students will not cover

  • the fact that superconductivity is a quantum mechanical phenomenon,
  • any quantitative modeling of superconductivity.

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