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Three Point Charges Model 

written by Andrew Duffy

The Three Point Charges is an inquiry-based model for exploring the force between charged objects. Initially, the simulation sets up three charged objects, one at each corner of an equilateral triangle. The charges have different magnitudes, represented by force vectors. The charges can be moved, allowing users to test the electric force in a variety of alignments. The student's task is to rank the charges based on their magnitudes, from largest to smallest. After practicing, students then write and share their methods for determining the correct ranking.

See Supplemental Document below for a student worksheet developed specifically to accompany this simulation.  

See Annotations (below) for an interactive student tutorial on Coulomb's Law, which provides additional content support on electric force.

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Last Modified August 25, 2013

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Supplemental Documents

Three Point Charges Worksheet 

Student worksheet for Three Point Charges Model.

Last Modified April 16, 2010

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Source Code Documents

Three Point Charges Source Code 

The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Three Point Charges model.   Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model using EJS.

Last Modified April 16, 2010