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written by Michael Davidson
supported by the National Science Foundation
technical implementer: Matthew J. Parry-Hill
edited by Kristen Coyne
This item is a short tutorial on the Van de Graaff generator.  It includes a simulation illustrating the various components of the generator, the charge buildup and the discharge through a grounded sphere.

This item is part of Mag Lab U. Which is a large collection of web-based educational materials for K-20, developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.  Refer to "related materials" for full index of interactive Java tutorials.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
= Electrostatic Machines
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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© 2006
attraction, charge, comb, demonstration, discharge, electrostatics, friction, ground, humidity, negative, positive, repultion
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August 22, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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February 6, 2008
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M. Davidson, , edited by K. Coyne (2006), WWW Document, (
M. Davidson, Van de Graaff Generator, edited by K. Coyne (2006), <>.
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Davidson, M. (2008, February 6). Van de Graaff Generator. Retrieved May 23, 2024, from
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Davidson, Michael. Van de Graaff Generator. Edited by Kristen Coyne. February 6, 2008. (accessed 23 May 2024).
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Davidson, Michael. Van de Graaff Generator. Ed. Coyne, Kristen. 2006. 6 Feb. 2008. National Science Foundation. 23 May 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Michael Davidson", Title = {Van de Graaff Generator}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {23 May 2024}, Month = {February 6, 2008}, Year = {2006} }
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