Education Technology

Bell Ringer: Effects of Distance and Charge on Electric Force

Published on 09/03/2010

Activity Overview

Students explore the relationship between force, charge, and distance for two charged particles.

Key Steps

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    Students use simulations of charged particles to investigate the effects of distance and charge on electric force.

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    They first determine the relationship between the distance between two particles and the electric force between them.

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    Then, they determine the effects of varying the charges of the particles on the electric force. They combine their observations to write a general equation for the relationship between distance, charge, and force.