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Move the cursor around the charge to sample the electric field. Click at any point to leave a field vector there. Use the tool palette to place additional charges, erase items, or drag charges around.
The Lines option turns each charge into a uniform, infinitely long line of charge running perpendicular to the screen. The field created by a line falls off in proportion to 1/r, rather than 1/r2 for points.
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This applet is intended to help physics students with:
Last modified 14 March 2008.