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This is a simulation for introductory physics consisting of two fixed charges and one charge that is free to move.  The objective is to "steer" the moving charge around a maze by changing the value of the charge in response to the forces acting on it due to the electric field. By thinking about the the charges involved and resulting fields, students should be able devise a strategy for guiding the particle to the exit.

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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
= Electrostatic Potential and Potential Energy
- Electrostatics
= Coulomb's Law
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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Coulomb, Java applet, Pauli repulsion, dipole, electric field, electric potential, electrostatics game, electrostatics simulation, equipotential, field lines, grass seeds, point charges
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Metadata instance created April 1, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Field

In this Java-based game, students use their understanding of charge interaction to "steer" a moving charge around a maze containing two fixed charges. By observing the changing field lines as they move the charge, students can devise a strategy to guide the particle to the exit. Editor's Note: We recommend the two animations directly above before introducing this activity.

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Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Force

In this Java-based game, students use their understanding of charge interaction to "steer" a moving charge around a maze containing two fixed charges. By observing the changing field lines as they move the charge, students can devise a strategy to guide the particle to the exit. Editor's Note: We recommend the two animations directly above before introducing this activity.

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J. Belcher, (2004), WWW Document, (http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/videogame/videogame.htm).
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J. Belcher, MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations - The Electrostatic Video Game (2004), <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/videogame/videogame.htm>.
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Belcher, J. (2008, July 31). MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations - The Electrostatic Video Game. Retrieved July 23, 2014, from http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/videogame/videogame.htm
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations - The Electrostatic Video Game. July 31, 2008. http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/videogame/videogame.htm (accessed 23 July 2014).
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Belcher, John. MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics Visualizations - The Electrostatic Video Game. 2004. 31 July 2008. National Science Foundation. 23 July 2014 <http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802TEAL3D/visualizations/electrostatics/videogame/videogame.htm>.
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