Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Electric Field Mapping

Students use a DC power supply and semi-conductive paper to create dipole and parallel plate electrodes, and then 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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09_AP2_Electric_Field_Mapping_GI.docx 257.97 KB
09_AP2_Electric_Field_Mapping_SD.docx 256.87 KB
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Standards Correlations

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

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Basic Digital Multimeter

Basic Digital Multimeter

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

Student Power Supply

Student Power Supply, 18 VDC, 3 A

This high-quality, compact power supply provides the DC voltage and current levels necessary for most introductory student labs.

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 2 Lab Manual

Electric Field Mapping