the National Science Foundation
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This item is an interactive Java simulation that illustrates the structure of two-dimensional vector fields using the "grass seeds" (or "iron filings") representation. Users enter x and y components for a field, then choose from a variety of field examples: two-point charges, dipole in constant or no field, two-line currents, radiating dipole, and dipole in a field with gradient. The applet will display the chosen field in either a grass seeds electric field or as equipotential lines. For more advanced users, the applet provides functions for yielding polar coordinates.
This item is part of a collection of visualizations developed by the MIT TEAL project to supplement an introductory course in calculus-based electricity and magnetism. Lecture notes, labs, and presentations are also available as part of MIT's Open Courseware Repository: MIT Open Courseware: Electricity and Magnetism
Please note that this resource requires
Java Applet Plug-in.
MIT Open Courseware (OCW): http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/terms/terms/index.htm
dipole, electric dipole, electric field, electric potential, interactive simulations, point charges, representations, three-dimensional simulation, vector field, vector field simulation, vectors, visualization
Metadata instance created
March 31, 2010
by Caroline Hall
MIT Phyics 8.02: Vector Fields - Mapping Fields Applet. (2008, July 31). Retrieved September 20, 2017, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/licapplet/licapplet.htm
National Science Foundation. MIT Phyics 8.02: Vector Fields - Mapping Fields Applet. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, July 31, 2008. http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/licapplet/licapplet.htm (accessed 20 September 2017).
MIT Phyics 8.02: Vector Fields - Mapping Fields Applet. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004. 31 July 2008. National Science Foundation. 20 Sep. 2017 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/vectorfields/licapplet/licapplet.htm>.
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