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written by Angel Franco Garcia
sub author: Taha Mzoughi
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A simulation illustrating the workings of a Van de Graaff generator. The user can change the size of the dome and observe its effect on the capacitance of the generator. The link to the original version of the simulation provides a thorough explanation of the concepts involved. As the dome charges, the charge accumulated and the electrical potential are shown.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
= Charge
= Electrostatic Machines
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Educators
- Learners
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2009 Angel Franco Garcia
Van de Graaf, capacitance, charge, electrical potential, electrostatic, insulator, potential, voltage
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Metadata instance created December 18, 2010 by Taha Mzoughi
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August 14, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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when Cataloged:
September 27, 2009
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A. Garcia, (2009), WWW Document, (
A. Garcia, Van de Graaff Generator (2009), <>.
APA Format
Garcia, A. (2009, September 27). Van de Graaff Generator. Retrieved May 23, 2024, from
Chicago Format
Garcia, Angel Franco. Van de Graaff Generator. September 27, 2009. (accessed 23 May 2024).
MLA Format
Garcia, Angel Franco. Van de Graaff Generator. 2009. 27 Sep. 2009. 23 May 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Angel Franco Garcia", Title = {Van de Graaff Generator}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {23 May 2024}, Month = {September 27, 2009}, Year = {2009} }
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