The objective of this simulation is to improve students' conceptual understanding of how electric fields are impacted by a configuration of charges by creating a dynamic representation of the electric field lines, field vectors, equipotential lines, and the voltage created by the charges on screen. After creating a charge distribution, the simulation visualizes the motion of test charges through the electric field.
Developed by Ted Mburu, Class of 2023,
Assessed by Liana Rodelli, Class of 2020,
with the guidance of Dr. Colleen Countryman, Dr. John Barr, Dr. Doug Turnbull, Ithaca College Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ithaca College Department of Computer Science, the Ithaca College Informational Technologies, the p5.js project, and Daniel Shiffman (The Coding Train).
The work has been presented at two national conferences: the Summer 2020 American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting and the 2020 National Society of Black Physicists Conference.