Advanced Placement / Physics

Electric Field Mapping

In this lab, students use a DC power supply and semi-conductive paper to create dipole and parallel plate electrodes. Then they use the principles of electric fields and electric potential energy to determine the shape and direction of the electric field lines in each configuration.

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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
5.1; 10.1 2.E.2.1

Featured Equipment

Basic Digital Multimeter

Basic Digital Multimeter

The meter includes all functions and ranges needed for most introductory lab work.

Field Mapper Kit

Field Mapper Kit

Allows students to map both the potentials and the electric fields around any two-dimensional charged conductors.

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Source: Lab #09

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 2

Electric Field Mapping