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written by John Belcher
published by the MIT Technology Enabled Active Learning Studio Project
This Java applet was designed to enhance understanding of electric field lines.  By "drawing"  lines from simulated charges on a color-coded field, the learner can explore vector field diagrams and form concepts about strength/direction of field lines.  Sign and ratio of charge can be changed.   This activity is appropriate for introductory and algebra-based physics classes.  It is part of a larger collection of NSF-funded physics animations and simulations for use in the interactive classroom.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
- General
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
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© 2004 MIT TEAL/Studio Physics Project
Keywords:
EM field lines, Electrostatics, Vector field diagram
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Metadata instance created November 13, 2006 by Caroline Hall
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June 30, 2004

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Field

We can't see an electric field. It helps students to have a pictorial tool to visualize it as a region of space. This simulation lets them explore both the vector field concept and the field line model. Click anywhere within the field and a field line is automatically drawn. Color-coded vectors surround each charge to show the strength of field. Sign can be changed to view both attraction and repulsion.

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J. Belcher, (MIT Technology Enabled Active Learning Studio Project, Cambridge, 2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/jbelcher/www/java/vecnodyncirc/vecnodyncirc.html).
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J. Belcher, MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Field Diagram and Field Line Applet (MIT Technology Enabled Active Learning Studio Project, Cambridge, 2004), <http://web.mit.edu/jbelcher/www/java/vecnodyncirc/vecnodyncirc.html>.
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Belcher, J. (2004, June 30). MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Field Diagram and Field Line Applet. Retrieved August 21, 2014, from MIT Technology Enabled Active Learning Studio Project: http://web.mit.edu/jbelcher/www/java/vecnodyncirc/vecnodyncirc.html
Chicago Format
Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Field Diagram and Field Line Applet. Cambridge: MIT Technology Enabled Active Learning Studio Project, June 30, 2004. http://web.mit.edu/jbelcher/www/java/vecnodyncirc/vecnodyncirc.html (accessed 21 August 2014).
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Field Diagram and Field Line Applet. Cambridge: MIT Technology Enabled Active Learning Studio Project, 2004. 30 June 2004. 21 Aug. 2014 <http://web.mit.edu/jbelcher/www/java/vecnodyncirc/vecnodyncirc.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "John Belcher", Title = {MIT Physics 8.02: Vector Field Diagram and Field Line Applet}, Publisher = {MIT Technology Enabled Active Learning Studio Project}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {21 August 2014}, Month = {June 30, 2004}, Year = {2004} }
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