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written by Corinne A. Manogue and Shannon Mayer
published by the Paradigms in Physics Program
This computer visualization activity is designed to help upper-division undergraduate students visualize the flux of the electric field of a point charge through a cube.  Students use Maple/Mathematica to explore the effects of putting a point charge at various places inside, outside, and on a cubical Gaussian surface.  The wrap-up discussion highlights the "discovery" of Gauss's Law by using Maple/Mathematica to calculate the total flux through the cube.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
= Gauss' Law
Mathematical Tools
- Vector Calculus
= Vector Field
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Educators
- application/mathematica
- application/maple
- text/html
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This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.
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Paradigms in Physics Team
NSF Numbers:
0618877
0231194
9653250
1023120
0088901
0231032
Paradigm ID:
vffluxem
Keywords:
Flux, Small Group Activity, Vector Fields
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created June 23, 2014 by Lyle Barbato
Record Updated:
June 26, 2014 by Bruce Mason
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when Cataloged:
August 7, 2014
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C. Manogue and S. Mayer, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vffluxem).
AJP/PRST-PER
C. Manogue and S. Mayer, Paradigms in Physics: Visualizing Electric Flux, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vffluxem>.
APA Format
Manogue, C., & Mayer, S. (2014, August 7). Paradigms in Physics: Visualizing Electric Flux. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vffluxem
Chicago Format
Manogue, Corinne, and Shannon Mayer. Paradigms in Physics: Visualizing Electric Flux. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 7, 2014. http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vffluxem (accessed 11 December 2017).
MLA Format
Manogue, Corinne, and Shannon Mayer. Paradigms in Physics: Visualizing Electric Flux. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, 2008. 7 Aug. 2014. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vffluxem>.
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