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written by Paul Falstad
The applet simulates various vector fields, including spherical, radial, and constant plane. It is a generalized version of an electrostatic field simulation by the same author. The field strength and number of particles simulated are adjustable. Divergence, curl,  and potential can be color-coded. Grid lines, potential lines, or streamlines can be displayed. Directions, specific links to the subject and source code are also included.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
Mathematical Tools
- Vector Calculus
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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- application/java
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The source code is available.
Green's Theorem, curl, divergence, potential, vector fields
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Metadata instance created June 21, 2004 by Melanie Carter
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May 31, 2011 by Bruce Mason
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2-D Vector Field Simulation:

Supplements 2-D Electrostatics Applet

The Electrostatics Applet explores the vector fields of Electrostatics.

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