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written by John Belcher
supported by the National Science Foundation
published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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.

In addition, the TEAL project has made course notes, labs, and presentations available as part of its Open Courseware Repository:
MIT Open Courseware: Electricity and Magnetism
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
- Electrostatics
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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Java applet, dipole moment, electric dipole, electric field, electrostatics applet, electrostatics game, electrostatics simulation, induction, point charges, van de Graaf
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Metadata instance created August 25, 2007 by swapna gurumani
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J. Belcher, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm).
J. Belcher, MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2004), <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm>.
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Belcher, J. (2008, July 31). MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm
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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 1 March 2021).
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004. 31 July 2008. National Science Foundation. 1 Mar. 2021 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/index.htm>.
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@misc{ Author = "John Belcher", Title = {MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations}, Publisher = {Massachusetts Institute of Technology}, Volume = {2021}, Number = {1 March 2021}, Month = {July 31, 2008}, Year = {2004} }
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