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Electrostatic Charge Experiment, 850 Universal Interface



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Using classic equipment: a Faraday Ice Pail and Conductive Spheres, students learn to charge objects by direct contact and by induction. The charge is measured using a high impedance electrometer.

Students explore the distribution of charge on different shaped conductive shapes. A sphere with a hole in it is provided to show that no charge resides on the inner surface of the conductor when it is charged.

Concepts Covered:

  • Methods of Charging
  • Charge Distribution
  • Conservation of Charge

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