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AP Physics 2: Electric Fields - Chapter Summary
These informative lessons help you prepare for the AP Physics 2 exam or learn more about electric fields in physics. Work at your own pace as you complete the chapter, and review any lessons you need to as many times as you'd like. Our multiple-choice quizzes help you identify the areas where you may need to focus more studying. Test prep and study work is made convenient with these mobile-friendly tools you can access on your mobile device or computer 24 hours a day. If you need help with any of the subjects as you work through the chapter, feel free to contact one of our professional instructors. These lessons are designed to help you:
- Understand the movement of charge
- Use the formula for electric potential energy
- Find the electric potential difference between two points
- Define both electric fields and electric force
- Describe Coulomb's Law
- Explain the characteristics of monopole and dipole fields
- Determine the direction and magnitude of electrical fields
- Represent the electrical fields between charged parallel plates
1. Electric Fields: Definition & Examples
Learn what an electric field is, the types of electric fields, and the concept of electric field strength. Briefly investigate specific examples of the types of electric fields.
2. Electric Force: Definition & Equation
The electric force is one of the most powerful, fundamental forces in the universe. In this lesson, we will learn how charged objects exert electric forces on each other and how to calculate the strength of that force.
3. Electric Field & the Movement of Charge
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what an electric field is, draw electric field lines and vectors for charged particles, and complete calculations involving electric fields. A short quiz will follow.
4. Strength of an Electric Field & Coulomb's Law
After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what an electric field is, distinguish between scalar and vector fields and use two electric field equations to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.
5. Electric Potential Energy: Definition & Formula
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what electric potential energy is, and use an equation to solve electric potential energy problems involving point charges. A short quiz will follow.
6. Finding the Electric Potential Difference Between Two Points
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what electric potential difference is and calculate the electric potential difference between two points in a uniform electric field. A short quiz will follow.
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Other chapters within the AP Physics 2: Exam Prep course
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- AP Physics 2: Force Labs
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- AP Physics 2: Conservation of Electric Charge
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