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written by William Beaty
This web site, authored by an electrical engineer, contains a collection of activities and background information on the operation and maintenance of van de Graaff generators. It provides detailed instructions for building your own van de Graaff, along with lists of recommended commercial suppliers. Safety precautions and troubleshooting tips are designed to help novices perform successful demonstrations and experiments.

This resource is part of a larger set of materials on electrostatics by the same author.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
= Electrostatic Machines
- Informal Education
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
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Van de Graaff Generators, electrostatics, high school demonstrations, static electricity
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Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Charge

The Van de Graaff generator, invented in 1929, is an example of a nearly ideal current source, as it can supply the same small current at almost any electric potential. This site offers information needed to understand the operation and maintenance of Van de Graaff generators.  The author includes helpful hints for classroom demonstrations.

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W. Beaty, Van de Graaff Generators: Construction & Demonstrations, <http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/emotor/vdg.html>.
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Beaty, W. (n.d.). Van de Graaff Generators: Construction & Demonstrations. Retrieved August 22, 2014, from http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/emotor/vdg.html
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Beaty, William. Van de Graaff Generators: Construction & Demonstrations. http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/emotor/vdg.html (accessed 22 August 2014).
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Van de Graaff Generators: Construction & Demonstrations:

Covers the Same Topic As MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - A van de Graaff Generator Repelling a Charge

This animation by the MIT Physics Department helps students visualize the repellent force that exists between the positively-charged van de Graaff sphere and a single positively-charged particle.

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Covers the Same Topic As MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - A van de Graaff Generator Attracting a Charge

This animation by the MIT physics department helps students visualize the attractive force that exists between the positively-charged van de Graaff sphere and a single negatively-charged particle.

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