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View Resource How Van de Graaff Generators Work

This is one of the documents from the HowStuffWorks website. It provides a simple explanation on how a Van de Graaff generator works. More interestingly, it includes directions on how to build one.

View Resource Electrostatics Demonstrations

This website offers 15 lecture demonstrations designed to help students discover laws of electrostatics. Items range from capicitance to an inexpensive moving charge sensor. The author focuses on materials and tools common to manufacturing to establish a connection between basic principles and practical applications.

View Resource AP Physics C II

Presented by HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, this free online course covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP Physics C exam. This course is divided into two semesters and this course is the second of those two semesters and is designed to acquaint you with topics in mechanics and...

View Resource Static Electricity -- Chasing Cheerios

This item is a lesson plan for the teacher of beginning high school physics and/or physical science. A Cheerio is suspended from a string and brought in contact with a charged plastic ruler, then neutralized by touching it. This lesson illustrates both induction and conduction. A second activity is included, with a printable student data sheet and reference materials for the teacher. This...

View Resource Work Performed Against an Electric Force

This page, authored and curated by David P. Stern, illustrates the concept of work against an electric force using the examples of the Van de Graaff generator and lightening. There are also shorter examples of the Xerox machine and electric charge on transparency sheets as well as links to sites relating to the Van de Graaff machine or lightening. This is an optional section from a much larger...

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