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This NASA resource for teachers is a complete "primer" on the subject of lightning.  It includes an easily understood description of the lightning discharge process, photos and text describing modern data collection & detection techniques, characteristics and types of lightning, and a brief history of the scientific study of lightning.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
- Electrostatics
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- Meteorology
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electric charge, electrostatics, lightning, lightning detection, lightning propogation, lightning research
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Metadata instance created November 3, 2006 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Teaching About Electrostatics

The study of lightning is an exciting way to learn about electric field and charge. During a thunderstorm, separation of charge produces enormous electrical potential both within the cloud and between the cloud and ground. Eventually the electrical resistance in the air breaks down and a flash begins. This NASA resource is a complete "primer" on the subject of lightning -- it explains the lightning discharge process, modern data collection, and a brief history of the scientific study of lightning.

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Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electric Charge

This NASA resource is a complete "primer" on the subject of lightning.  It includes an easily understood description of the lightning discharge process, modern data collection,and a brief history of the scientific study of lightning.

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S. Goodman, (2005), WWW Document, (http://thunder.msfc.nasa.gov/primer/index.html).
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S. Goodman, NASA: A Lightning Primer (2005), <http://thunder.msfc.nasa.gov/primer/index.html>.
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Goodman, S. (2005, December 1). NASA: A Lightning Primer. Retrieved September 16, 2014, from http://thunder.msfc.nasa.gov/primer/index.html
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Goodman, Steven. NASA: A Lightning Primer. December 1, 2005. http://thunder.msfc.nasa.gov/primer/index.html (accessed 16 September 2014).
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Goodman, Steven. NASA: A Lightning Primer. 2005. 1 Dec. 2005. 16 Sep. 2014 <http://thunder.msfc.nasa.gov/primer/index.html>.
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