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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
edited by Kristen Coyne
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In this interactive tutorial, users play with a simulated version of the historic "voltaic pile", commonly considered to be the world's first battery. Constructed by 18th-century scientist Alessandro Volta, the voltaic pile consisted of discs of zinc and copper alternated with pasteboard or leather moistened with brine or vinegar. Each three-disc unit comprised a single electric cell capable of producing a current. Volta's invention of the pile device was momentous because it provided the first consistent source of sustained electric current.

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Volta, animation, battery, current, electric cell, electric potential, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of science, interactive simulation, science history, voltaic
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, edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), WWW Document, (https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/watch-play/interactive/voltaic-pile).
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Magnet Academy: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), <https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/watch-play/interactive/voltaic-pile>.
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Coyne, K. (Ed.). (2015, January 7). Magnet Academy: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile. Retrieved December 15, 2017, from Florida State University: https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/watch-play/interactive/voltaic-pile
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Coyne, Kristen, ed. Magnet Academy: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile. Tallahassee: Florida State University, January 7, 2015. https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/watch-play/interactive/voltaic-pile (accessed 15 December 2017).
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Coyne, Kristen, ed. Magnet Academy: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2007. 7 Jan. 2015. National Science Foundation. 15 Dec. 2017 <https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/watch-play/interactive/voltaic-pile>.
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