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This small group activity is designed to help upper-division undergraduate students learn how to calculate the electrostatic potential field due to a distribution of discrete charges. Students calculate the electrostatic potential field generated by a two charges using superposition and the definition of |r-r'|. The wrap-up discussion addresses how the superposition principle is used and what |r-r'| means geometrically in a specfic problem.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
= Charge
= Coulomb's Law
Mathematical Tools
- Problem-Solving Techniques
= Superposition
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
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- Curriculum
- Curriculum / Student Activity
- Curriculum / Pedagogy Guide
- Educators
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Paradigms in Physics Team
NSF Numbers:
0618877
0231194
9653250
1023120
0088901
0231032
Paradigm ID:
vfvpoints2
Keywords:
Compare & Contrast, Electrostatic Potiental, Multipoles, Multipoles, Multipoles, Scalar Fields, Small Group Activity, Symmetry, Taylor and Power Series
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created June 22, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
Record Updated:
January 12, 2019 by Bruce Mason
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August 7, 2014
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C. Manogue, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2070), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vfvpoints2).
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C. Manogue, Paradigms in Physics: Potential Due to a Pair of Charges - Part 1, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2070), <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vfvpoints2>.
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Manogue, C. (2014, August 7). Paradigms in Physics: Potential Due to a Pair of Charges - Part 1. Retrieved January 19, 2019, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vfvpoints2
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Manogue, Corinne. Paradigms in Physics: Potential Due to a Pair of Charges - Part 1. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 7, 2014. http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vfvpoints2 (accessed 19 January 2019).
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Manogue, Corinne. Paradigms in Physics: Potential Due to a Pair of Charges - Part 1. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, 2070. 7 Aug. 2014. 19 Jan. 2019 <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vfvpoints2>.
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