Electrostatics Lab

Our first lab on electrostatics gets us to consider charging by friction, conduction, and induction, conductors and insulators, and work of moving a charged plate through an electric field. We learned that sparks from discharge occur when the air ionizes to create a conducting path like mini-lightning. Here is a picture of a lab group getting ready to rub a foam square of insulation with rabbit fur to charge it.

Ready to rub, charge and discharge :)
Ready to rub, charge and discharge 🙂

We also played with our Van de Graaff and off course included some hair raising!

Hair raising for Melissa
Hair raising for Melissa

Hair raising for Natalie
Hair raising for Natalie

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