Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2873C)

Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.

Charge & Electric Field

Lab Summary

Use a charge sensor to observe the nature of charging different objects by contact and to explore the electric field produced by a variety of charged objects.

Theory

During this investigation, students observe the nature of charging objects by contact and explore the electric field produced by each charge. Students learn to:

  • Understand the basic properties of electric charges.
  • Distinguish between conductors and insulators.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Producing a positive or negative net static charge by rubbing different materials together.
  • Handling and transferring charge between objects.
  • Measuring the quantity and polarity of charge on an object with a Faraday ice pail and charge sensor.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Charge Sensor

(PS-2132)

Allows students to measure electrostatic charges with automatic scaling and polarity. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Charge producers

Faraday ice pail

Proof planes

Aluminum rod

Fur cloth

Glass rod

Plastic rod

Silk cloth

The Associated Bundle:

Physics Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2931B)

Contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Physics through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.