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MIT Physics 8.02 - Electricity & Magnetism

SECTION : Electrostatics          

SUBJECT: The Suspension Bridge 3D  
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In this simulation, an "electromagnetic suspension bridge" is created by attaching a lattice of positive and negatively charged particles between four fixed corners, and adding a downward gravitational force. The tension in the "bridge" is supplied simply by the Coulomb interaction of its constituent parts with 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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