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published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This is an instructor's guide for an experiment to measure electrostatic force, using parallel plates made from two washers, insulating perf-board, and aluminum foil. Photos and detailed instructions are provided for experimental setup.  

SEE RELATED MATERIALS for a Java simulation by the same authors on the topic of capacitance.

For an Excel spreadsheet developed specifically to accompany this experiment, see link below:
MIT Physics 8.02 Open Courseware: Labs
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Electricity & Magnetism
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Coulomb, Coulomb force, Pauli force, capacitance lab, capacitor lab, electric field, electric potential, electricity experiment, electrostatics experiment, electrostatics lab, interactive simulations, parallel plate capacitor, permittivity, point charges, representations, visualization
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National Science Foundation. MIT Physics 8.02: Experiment - Electrostatic Force. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 2, 2008. http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02t-electricity-and-magnetism-spring-2005/labs/exp02.pdf (accessed 22 November 2014).
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This Java applet allows users to place up to 12 charged particles inside the two plates of a capacitor, as well as control the magnitude of charge within each plate. It gives users an easily comprehensible view of the Coulomb interaction as the charges distribute themselves within their enclosures.

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