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This applet shows two fixed charges and a moveable test charge displaying Coulomb force.   As students drag the test charge around the screen, they can see the relationship between the force vector and its proximity to the fixed charges.  Two views are available for toggling between like and unlike charges.  This simulation promotes understanding of why Coulomb's Law works in calculating the electric force between charges. This item is part of a larger collection of Physlet-based (Physics Java Applet) illustrations and tutorials covering introductory physics.
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© 1998 Scott Schneider
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Coulomb's Law, charge interaction, electric force, interactive animation
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Metadata instance created September 30, 2006 by jason evans
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February 9, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Electric Force and Coulomb's Law

Coulomb's Law is used to calculate the electric force between charges.  To help students grasp the underlying concepts, this simulation lets them drag a moveable charge to see the connection between the force vector and proximity to the fixed charge.

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S. Schneider, (1998), WWW Document, (http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/coulomb.shtml).
AJP/PRST-PER
S. Schneider, LTU Physlet: Coulomb's Law With Multiple Discrete Charges, (1998), <http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/coulomb.shtml>.
APA Format
Schneider, S. (2006, March 15). LTU Physlet: Coulomb's Law With Multiple Discrete Charges. Retrieved September 22, 2014, from http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/coulomb.shtml
Chicago Format
Schneider, Scott. LTU Physlet: Coulomb's Law With Multiple Discrete Charges. March 15, 2006. http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/coulomb.shtml (accessed 22 September 2014).
MLA Format
Schneider, Scott. LTU Physlet: Coulomb's Law With Multiple Discrete Charges. 1998. 15 Mar. 2006. 22 Sep. 2014 <http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/coulomb.shtml>.
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