Ch 11: Introduction to Electrostatics

About This Chapter

Prepare for an upcoming exam, assignment or project covering electrostatics by taking advantage of the resources in this chapter. Review fun lessons and take short quizzes to strengthen and assess your comprehension of this subject matter.

Introduction to Electrostatics - Chapter Summary

Use the short lessons in this chapter to enjoy a quality introduction to electrostatics. This chapter enables you to enhance your knowledge of this subject area in a secure online environment. Learn from top instructors about static electricity, Coulomb's Law, electric fields and other related topics. In no time, you will have the knowledge to do the following:

  • Define static electricity, and discuss its causes and uses
  • Discuss repulsion and attraction as they relate to electric charges and force
  • Explain how electrostatic force experiments resulted in Coulomb's Law
  • Share the meaning of the superposition principle and the basics of standing waves
  • Describe electric fields, and perform calculations related to electric fields
  • Provide the definition of Gauss' Law

Navigate this chapter in any sequence you desire by selecting your first then scrolling along the right-hand sidebar to choose others. Revisit lessons any number of times to ensure you fully understand electrostatics. Clarify any information you don't comprehend by submitting questions to our experts. Test your knowledge with help from multiple-choice lesson quizzes and a practice chapter exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: Introduction to Electrostatics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Static Electricity? - Definition, Causes & Uses

1. What is Static Electricity? - Definition, Causes & Uses

In this lesson you will learn what static electricity is, what causes it, and what conditions prevent static electricity from occurring. You'll also see some fun and interesting real world situations and applications that involve static electricity.

Electric Charge and Force: Definition, Repulsion & Attraction

2. 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!

Coulomb's Law: Variables Affecting the Force Between Two Charged Particles

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.

The Superposition Principle & Standing Waves

4. The Superposition Principle & Standing Waves

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what the superposition principle is, and how this leads to the formation of standing waves. A short quiz will follow.

Electric Field & the Movement of Charge

5. 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.

Electric Fields: Definition & Examples

6. 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.

Gauss' Law: Definition & Examples

7. Gauss' Law: Definition & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what Gauss' Law is, derive Gauss' Law for a sphere and cylinder, and use it to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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