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MIT Physics 8.02 - Electricity & Magnetism

SECTION : Electrostatics          

SUBJECT: The Suspension Bridge  
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In this simulation, an "electromagnetic suspension bridge" is created by attaching a series of positive and negatively charged particles to two fixed endpoints, and adding a downward gravitational force. The tension in the "bridge" is supplied simply by the Coulomb interaction of its constituent parts and the Pauli force keeping them from collapsing in on each other. Initially, the bridge only sags slightly under the weight of gravity, but what would happen to it under a rain of massive neutral particles? Press "o" to find out!



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