Superposition Theorem: Definition, Application & Examples


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1. How many electric fields due to separate charges can be added together at one point due to the superposition principle?

2. The picture below depicts two electric field vectors at the same point due to two charges outside of the page. What is the total electric field vector at this point?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will determine what you know about superposition theorem. The quiz will test you on topics such as the force experienced by certain charges and light level.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These study tools will help you to:

  • Identify how many electric fields due to separate charges can be added together
  • Calculate total electric field vector at a given point
  • Interpret a given scenario where two radio stations are transmitted on the same frequency

Skills Practiced

The following study skills will be practiced:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of electric field vectors and how they are connected to force at a given point
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve superposition theorem practice problems
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding electric fields and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Review this lesson on superposition theorem to find out more on this subject. The lesson is entitled Superposition Theorem: Definition, Application & Examples and it will cover the following study objectives:

  • Define electric charge
  • Understand what an electric field is
  • Explain the formula for calculating an electric field due to a charge