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This Physlet-based simulation features four electrical charges fixed at the corners of a square. Users must identify the net electric force by observing the test charge being dragged at constant speed along two possible paths A -> B or B -> A.
This simulation is part of a larger collection of Physlet-based illustrations and tutorials developed for introductory physics. SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for links to three closely related Physlets that also feature four fixed electrical charges in the same configuration.
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A closely related item featuring the same configuration of four electric charges at the corners of a square. This one shows the net electric force as a positive test charge moves along a vertical line that bisects the square.
A closely related item featuring the same configuration of four electric charges at the corners of a square. This one simulates the movement of a positive test charge along a horizontal line bisecting the square.
A closely related item featuring the same configuration of four electric charges at the corners of a square. This one simulates the net electric force of a test charge moving in a circle located in the middle of the square.