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5.1 Electric fields

Experiments

Here are experiments our science specialists have selected to support the IB* topic.

Mapping Electric Potential

Experiment #8 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics

In this experiment, you will

  • Measure the electric potential at locations on a conducting surface resulting from various distributions of electric charge.
  • Use a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and the electric potential data to generate 2-D and 3-D maps of electric equipotentials.
  • Analyze the maps of electric potential to sketch lines representing the electric field produced by electric charge.
  • Describe how the field from lines of charge differs from that produced by point sources.

Educational Standard
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Subject
Physics
Section
Core
Topic
5. Electricity and magnetism

* The IB Diploma Program is an official program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which authorizes schools to offer it. The material available here has been developed independently of the IBO and is not endorsed by it.

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