Electrostatics Problem 9.1.7

Like charges   Unlike charges

Description

Two fixed charges are shown in black. Drag the small green test charge around the screen and observe the relationship between the force vector and the field lines. 

Question

 When you hit "play" on the buttons below, will the test charge follow the field lines? Does it do this for all field lines, or just some field lines?

Answer

No, the trajectory does not follow the field lines.

Reference

See Giancoli-PA: 16-8 ,Giancoli-SE: 21-6.

Credits

Physlet problem authored by Scott Bonham and modified by Wolfgang Christian.

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