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Investigating Charging Virtual Lab
Click on the link - http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/charges-and-fields/charges-and-fields_en.html to complete this
assignment.
Objective: To explore electric field based on different charge configurations.
Background: A charge affects the space around it, creating an electric field. Other charges around this field are
affected by this field and the electric force. In this activity, the two charges do not directly touch each other;
one charge creates a field and the other charge interacts directly with that field. The direction of the electrical
force on a charge is along the direction of the field.
Part I: Varying charge configurations
Pick three charge configurations involving one positive charge, one negative charge, two positive charges, and
two charges with an opposite polarity. You will select the magnitude for these charges.
Part II : Predict
Using your understanding of electric forces and electric fields, draw the electric field lines for all of these
configurations.
Draw the field lines for the isolated charges below. Make sure you are sketching continuous field lines.
Positive charge: ______
Negative charge: _______
Two like charges: ______
Two unlike charges: ______
Part III: Test your predictions by verifying the electric field lines using vectors. Make sure to specify the
amount of the charge and the distance between the charges. You will also need to use a small positive test
charge. Calculate the electric field resultant vector on the positive test charge at different points in the field.
Perform the calculations at a minimum of at least four points for each configuration.
Use the following space for both single charge configurations.
Use the following for for two charges with the same polarity.
Use the following space for two charges with opposite polarity.