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Point Charge Forces in 1D Model
written by Andrew Duffy
The Point Charge Forces in One-Dimension model investigates the electric force that one charged particle exerts on another. It is a very simple representation that promotes understanding of Coulomb's Law in three ways: First, students can set the amount of charge on each particle and view vector arrows showing the force on each particle. Second, particle 2 can be dragged left or right to sample the force at various locations. Third, users can click to see a graph that shows electric force as a function of position. The numerical value of each force is shown in a table at the bottom.
See Annotations (below) for an interactive student tutorial on Coulomb's Law, which provides additional content support on electric force.
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Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
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The Physics Classroom: Coulomb's Law (Author: Tom Henderson)
Before employing this simulation, students may need some help in how to determine the direction of electrical force vectors and a conceptual discussion of Coulomb's Law. This interactive tutorial helps them understand force as a vector quantity before attempting the calculations associated with Coulomb's Law.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Force
Many students have difficulty understanding the interactions that cause an electric force between charges. It helps if they begin their investigation with a very simple 1-D representation of the electric force that one particle exerts on another. The user sets the amount of charge so that the particles can either attract or repel; then vector arrows appear to show the amount of force on each particle. One particle can be moved left or right along the line to see the effect of distance on the force. With one click, students can see a graph of the electric force as a function of position.Link to Unit:
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