Uses probes and electroconductive paper to map the electric fields around different shapes of electrode.


  • Develop an understanding of electrical potential.
  • Map and develop an understanding of equipotentials and how they relate to field lines.

Links to Stage 6 Physics Syllabus Content


  • Using the electric field lines representation, model qualitatively the direction and strength of electric fields produced by:
    • simple point charges
    • pairs of charges
    • dipoles
    • parallel charged plates.
  • Analyse the effects of a moving charge in an electric field, in order to relate potential energy, work and equipotential lines, by applying: (ACSPH105)
  • PH12-13/Charged Particles, Conductors and Electric and Magnetic Fields:
  • Investigate and quantitatively derive and analyse the interaction between charged particles and uniform electric fields, including: (ACSPH083) 
    • Electric field between parallel charged plates