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This simulation allows users to move point charges in an electric field.  Tools allow them to display voltage, field lines, and equipotential lines surrounding a point charge.  Users may add, move, or delete charges and view the resulting changes.  

This item is part of a larger collection of materials developed and maintained by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET) based on principles of physics education research.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2008 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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Coulomb's Law, charge, charge interaction, electric charges, electric field, electric potential, equipotential line
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PhET Simulation: Charges and Fields. (2008, October 31). Retrieved September 18, 2020, from PhET:
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PhET. PhET Simulation: Charges and Fields. Boulder: PhET, October 31, 2008. (accessed 18 September 2020).
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PhET Simulation: Charges and Fields. Boulder: PhET, 2008. 31 Oct. 2008. 18 Sep. 2020 <>.
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