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Physics Honors/AP 1 and 2

Chapter 16: 1-6 Assignment

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Physics 16: 1-6 Electrical Charge


Reading Preparation

Text Reading: Giancoli, Physics - Principles with Applications, Chapter 16: Sections 1 to 6.

Study Points

Key Equations

  • Coulomb's law F   =   k Q 1 Q 2 r 2
  • The constant k and permittivity of free space ε0: k   =   1 4 π ϵ 0   and   ϵ 0   =    1 4 π k  

Web Lecture

Read the following weblecture before chat: Electric Charge and Static Fields

Study Activity

Use the simulation below to explore electric charge on the "macro scale", where large object have a net charge. Vary charges on objects #1 and #2 and then vary the distances between charges to see how force magnitude changes. Repeat your observations to become familiar with how charges on the atomic scale create forces to hold electrons and protons together in atoms, and atoms together in molecules.

Physics simulation Java Applets are the product of the PHET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Chat Preparation Activities

Chapter Quiz

Lab Work

If you want lab credit for this course, you must complete at least 12 labs (honors course) or 18 labs (AP students). One or more lab exercises are posted for each chapter as part of the homework assignment. We will be reviewing lab work at regular intervals, so do not get behind!