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Exploring Electric Fields


Exploring Electric Fields

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The following information will help guide you in the optimal use of this electric charge field simulator. To place a charge in the plane area, click on the button "place acharge" and bring the the cursor on to the plane area. Click on a point and a dialog box will appear where you can enter the exactcoordinates and the value of the charge. Note that the value is given inmultiples of a positive charge being 1.60219E-19 C. When the cursor is on the plane area, the coordinates and field... More
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: May 17, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 15, 2014
Submitter: John Walkup


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for John Walkup
16 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

Allowing the user to selectively draw the electric field lines is deceiving, because the density of the lines typically is used to represent the strength of the field. I would like to see the E lines and equipotential lines automatically drawn, with maybe a user-control for the density of each.