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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
written by Shannon Neaves
edited by Kristen Coyne
This is a short biography of Charles Augustin de Coulomb, the 18th-century scientist whose experiments with a torsion balance gave rise to one of the fundamental principles of electromagnetism. The biography includes a link to a Java-based simulation of Coulomb's torsion balance device.

Coulomb's Law defines the mathematical relationship between electrically charged particles, and was a cornerstone in the development of electromagnetic theory.

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This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Force

This short biography on Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736-1806) gives background on the pioneer's work, which resulted in the fundamental physics law named after him. Coulomb's Law states: the electric force between charged objects inversely depends upon the distance between the objects. This tutorial helps students understand this relationship.

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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Electricity: A Historical Perspective

A short biography of Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, whose historic work in the 18th century was essential to the development of electromagnetic theory. Read about his experiments with a torsion balance and how he discovered the mathematical relationship known as Coulomb's Law.

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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Electricity: A Historical Perspective

This is a short biography of Charles Augustin de Coulomb, the 18th-century scientist whose experiments with a torsion balance gave rise to Coulomb's Law -- a fundamental principle of physics that defines the electrical force between two charged particles as a predictable mathematical relationship. For a simulation of Coulomb's torsion balance, see "Activities" above.

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S. Neaves, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), WWW Document, (http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/coulomb.html).
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S. Neaves, Mag Lab U: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/coulomb.html>.
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Neaves, S. (2009, December 30). Mag Lab U: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb. Retrieved April 20, 2014, from Florida State University: http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/coulomb.html
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Neaves, Shannon. Mag Lab U: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb. Edited by Kristen Coyne. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/coulomb.html (accessed 20 April 2014).
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Neaves, Shannon. Mag Lab U: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb. Ed. Coyne, Kristen. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2007. 30 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 20 Apr. 2014 <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/coulomb.html>.
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Accompanies Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Torsion Balance

An interactive Java tutorial that replicates the historic torsion balance device used by Coulomb in his experiments to measure electrostatic force between charged particles.

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