Cutnell & Johnson PHYSICS 6/e
Chapter Eighteen: Electric Forces and Electric Fields

Exploring Electric Fields

by Engineering faculty at the Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada.

An electric charge simulator allows viewers to place charges of selected signs and sizes on a map, and then to draw in electric field lines by clicking at various locations on the map. It is possible to create a plot of electric fields resulting from simple charge arrangements. We advise you read the brief explanation before using the applet.

A History of the Electron

American Institute of Physics (AIP).

An overview of the life and discovery of the electron by J.J. Thompson. One of a number of pages celetrating the 100th anniversary of this discovery in 1897.

Basic E&M with Animation

Internet Plasma Physics Education eXperience (IPPEX), Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

An overview of basic electricity and magnetism with good animations which require the ShockWave plug-in (directions are at the site). .

Life, the Universe and the Electron

Another exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the electron by J. J. Thomson in 1897 by The Science Museum, London and the Institute of Physics.

The site contains information about the electron. There is a description of the current models of an electron, a timeline of the important discoveries about the electron and the atoms, uses of the electron, etc. Contains lots of interesting links to other sites including CERN.

Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man

Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

This site presents the life and work of the early electrical pioneer and American political activist, Benjamin Franklin.

The Mechanical Universe and Beyond

Program 28: Static Electricity. Historical electrical shows and Coulomb's Law. also
Program 29: The Electric Field. Faraday's vision of flux; Gauss' Law and flux conservation.
Thirty-minute on-demand streamed physics lecture / animated presentation hosted by Professor David Goodstein of the California Institute of Technology as part of the Annenberg / CPB series The Mechanical Universe and Beyond.

This site requires cable modem (384K) or better speed connection to the internet and free registration with Annenberg / CPB.

Comments, corrections and suggestions to Dan MacIsaac

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