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This is an interactive tutorial for high school physics on electric potential in circuits and electric potential difference. It will help students understand how electric potential energy is related to the magnitude of charge and location of the charge in the electric field. In the second section, the author explains electric potential difference in terms of the role of the electrochemical cell, which supplies the energy to do work upon the charge in moving it from negative to positive terminals. Both sections contain diagrams, analogies, and quizzes to self-test understanding of the concepts.

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Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Power and Energy
- Electromotive Force and Current
= Cells and Batteries
- High School
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© 1996 Tom Henderson
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circuit diagrams, circuits, current, electric current, electric potential, electric power, electricity tutorial, interactive tutorial, tutorial, volt
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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/U9L1b.cfm).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Electric Potential, (1996), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/U9L1b.cfm>.
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Henderson, T. (2008, December 12). The Physics Classroom: Electric Potential. Retrieved October 20, 2014, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/U9L1b.cfm
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Electric Potential. December 12, 2008. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/U9L1b.cfm (accessed 20 October 2014).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Electric Potential. 1996. 12 Dec. 2008. 20 Oct. 2014 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circuits/U9L1b.cfm>.
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