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This website offers more than 20 lecture demonstrations designed to help students discover laws of electrostatics.  Demos include electroscopes, a simple electrophorus, a "dissectible" capicitor, spark ignition, triboelectric charging, charge dissipation, and 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. Background information, diagrams, photos, and schematics of electric charge are also provided to facilitate a speedy set-up.

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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
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- Physical Science
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capicitance, electric charge, electrostatics
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Metadata instance created October 30, 2006 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

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

This website from the University of Rochester offers 20+ demos designed to promote understanding of electrostatic processes. Build a leaf electroscope, a "dissectible" capicitor, a moving charge sensor, a piezoelectric sparker, and more.

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T. Jones, , WWW Document, (http://www.ece.rochester.edu/~jones/demos/).
T. Jones, University of Rochester: Electrostatics Demonstrations, <http://www.ece.rochester.edu/~jones/demos/>.
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Jones, T. (2005, May 20). University of Rochester: Electrostatics Demonstrations. Retrieved August 21, 2014, from http://www.ece.rochester.edu/~jones/demos/
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Jones, Thomas. University of Rochester: Electrostatics Demonstrations. May 20, 2005. http://www.ece.rochester.edu/~jones/demos/ (accessed 21 August 2014).
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Jones, Thomas. University of Rochester: Electrostatics Demonstrations. 20 May 2005. 21 Aug. 2014 <http://www.ece.rochester.edu/~jones/demos/>.
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