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Basics of Electrostatics - Chapter Summary
This chapter allows you to learn all about the basics of electrostatics in a fun online environment. Lessons feature expert instructors who provide in-depth analyses of topics that include Coulomb's law and calculating electric potential. Short quizzes enable you to test your knowledge of the lessons you review. If you develop questions while studying this chapter, feel free to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard. Once you've completed the lessons, you will be able to:
- Define electric charge and force
- Relate the strength of an electric field to Coulomb's Law
- List examples of insulators and conductors
- Discuss electric fields and the movement of charge
- Calculate electric potential, fields and forces
1. Electric Charge and Force: Definition, Repulsion & Attraction
Have you ever wondered what electricity is and where it comes from? Have you ever been zapped by static electricity and wondered how it got there? We'll answer all of these questions in this lesson on electric charge and force!
2. 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.
3. Coulomb's Law: Variables Affecting the Force Between Two Charged Particles
In the 18th century, Charles Coulomb uncovered the secrets of electrostatic force between charged particles. The results of his experiments led to what is now known as Coulomb's Law, which tells us how force, charge, and distance are all related.
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. Calculating Electric Potential from Charge Densities
In this lesson, we'll learn about the electric potential from charge densities and how to calculate the electric potential. We'll also learn how the electric potential, potential energy, and electric fields are related.
6. Calculating Electric Forces, Fields & Potential
From electric charges come electric forces and electric fields. In this lesson, we will explore how to calculate electric forces between charges, electric fields generated by them, and electric potentials in specific locations because of them.
7. Insulators and Conductors: Examples, Definitions & Qualities
In this lesson, we'll explore the reasons that some materials conduct electrical energy with ease while others block it almost completely. We'll also talk about the property of conductivity and some everyday examples of insulators and conductors.
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