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This animation depicts a positively-charged particle repelled by the positively-charged sphere of a van de Graaff generator, a device that mechanically separates charge. The animation was designed to help students see that the Coulomb force is transmitted in a continuous manner (as observed between the van de Graaff sphere and the smaller particle). Although the two charges are not in direct contact with one another, they are in direct contact with a medium existing between them. The item may be viewed as a video or in stepped motion.

This item is part of a larger collection of visualizations developed by the MIT TEAL/Studio Physics Project to support an introductory course in electricity and magnetism.

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MIT Open Courseware: Coulomb's Law Lecture Notes

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Coulomb, animation, charge separation, electric field, electrostatic generator, electrostatics video, field lines, grass seeds, statics, video
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Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Charge

This Quicktime video accompanies the item directly above. In this model, a positively-charged particle is shown being repelled by the positively-charged sphere of the van de Graaff generator. Both videos promote understanding of the Coulomb force by showing the electric field existing between the charges.

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J. Belcher, (2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/VandeGraffRepel/VDGRepel.htm).
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J. Belcher, MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - A van de Graaff Generator Repelling a Charge (2004), <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/VandeGraffRepel/VDGRepel.htm>.
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Belcher, J. (2008, May 2). MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - A van de Graaff Generator Repelling a Charge. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/VandeGraffRepel/VDGRepel.htm
Chicago Format
Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - A van de Graaff Generator Repelling a Charge. May 2, 2008. http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/VandeGraffRepel/VDGRepel.htm (accessed 24 July 2014).
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - A van de Graaff Generator Repelling a Charge. 2004. 2 May 2008. National Science Foundation. 24 July 2014 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/VandeGraffRepel/VDGRepel.htm>.
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@misc{ Author = "John Belcher", Title = {MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - A van de Graaff Generator Repelling a Charge}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {24 July 2014}, Month = {May 2, 2008}, Year = {2004} }
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Accompanies MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - A van de Graaff Generator Attracting a Charge

A companion Quicktime animation that depicts the opposite process: a negatively-charged particle being attracted to the sphere of a van de Graaff generator.

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Covers the Same Topic As Van de Graaff Generators: Construction & Demonstrations

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