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MTEL Physics: Electrostatics - Chapter Summary
Let this chapter's lessons aid you in your review of the principles of electric charge, force and potential as you get ready to take the MTEL Physics exam. Our videos and lessons can show you how to answer questions that ask about:
- Defining electric charge and force
- Explaining attraction and repulsion
- Analyzing electric force fields
- Exploring the significance of arrow direction and spacing
- Applying Coulomb's law
- Describing charge collections and volt unit
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Objectives of the MTEL Physics: Electrostatics Chapter
In Massachusetts, passing the MTEL Physics exam is required for certification to teach the subject in a public school. The material covered in the Electrostatics chapter is in the exam's subarea on electricity and magnetism, which comprises 15% of the total score.
All the questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, like those on our self-assessment quizzes at the end of every lesson. Those quizzes give you practice answering questions in this format, as well as allowing you to gauge your knowledge of electrostatics. If you need to return to the lesson to review certain portions, embedded video tags let you go right to the spot.
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: Discrete & Continuous Charge Distributions
This lesson discusses the electric field, which is a map of the electric force a test charge would experience at any given location in space. Different charge distributions produce different electric fields, but the individual bits of charge all produce fields in the same fashion.
3. Electric Force Fields and the Significance of Arrow Direction & Spacing
Did you know that force fields don't just exist in science fiction movies? In this lesson, we'll explore the electric force fields that surround charged particles and how we can draw diagrams that represent them.
4. 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.
5. Electric Potential: Charge Collections and Volt Unit
In this lesson, we'll find out that electric charges can be rather lazy until something motivates them to get work done. Find out what gives electric charges the potential to do work and how we measure that potential with something called voltage.
6. Using the Two-Charge Model of Electric Charge
Electric charge has two varieties, positive and negative. In this lesson we will explore how the two-charge model of electric charge was created and see how it is applied.
7. 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.
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