Ch 13: MTEL Physics: Electrostatics

About This Chapter

Watch these lessons to refresh your knowledge of elecricity as you prepare for the MTEL Physics examination. Our videos and quizzes offer information to help you answer these types of questions on the test.

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

Our instructors are professionals who know what is required for success on the test. If, after reviewing the videos and completing the quizzes, you have more questions, you can contact the instructor for personalized help.

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.

7 Lessons in Chapter 13: MTEL Physics: Electrostatics
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Electric Charge and Force: Definition, Repulsion & Attraction

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!

Electric Field: Discrete & Continuous Charge Distributions

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.

Electric Force Fields and the Significance of Arrow Direction & Spacing

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.

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

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.

Electric Potential: Charge Collections and Volt Unit

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.

Using the Two-Charge Model of Electric Charge

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.

Calculating Electric Forces, Fields & Potential

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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