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Part of the MIT TEAL/Studio Physics Project, this web page contains a set of videos and simulations relating to electrostatics. The visualizations were developed to supplement a calculus-based Electricity and Magnetism course, but several of them are appropriate for conceptual or algebra-based physics. Topics include electric field of a positive and a negative charge, van de Graaff generator attracting and repelling a charge, creating and destroying an electric field, charge interactions, interactive molecules in 2D and 3D, lattices, an interactive electrostatic force experiment, and an electrostatic video game. Formats for these resources include Shockwave, Java (jnlp files), and MPEG.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: "Static" Electricity Unit Title: Teaching About Electrostatics
Help your students build a conceptual framework with this comprehensive set of simulations and videos that model electrostatic processes. Each visualization is supported with a rich collection of related lecture notes and homework questions, all available for free. Highly recommended.
<a href="http://www.compadre.org/precollege/items/detail.cfm?ID=5750">Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, July 31, 2008.</a>
J. Belcher, MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm).
Belcher, J. (2008, July 31). MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations. Retrieved May 18, 2013, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm
Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, July 31, 2008. http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm (accessed 18 May 2013).
Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004. 31 July 2008. National Science Foundation. 18 May 2013 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm>.
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