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This is an interactive tutorial for high school physics students on the topic of electrostatic induction. Induction charging is a method used to charge a conductor without direct contact. The tutorial integrates the concepts of conservation of charge, polarization, and importance of ground in induction charging. It includes multiple diagrams and a self-guided quiz to check understanding.

SEE RELATED MATERIALS for a link to a simulation by the MIT TEAL Project that would nicely supplement this tutorial.

This item is part of a collection of tutorials, labs, and multimedia simulations developed for high school physics students.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
= Conductors and Insulators
= Electrostatic Machines
= Induced Charge
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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charge polarization, conservation of charge, electric charge, electrophorus, electroscope, electrostatics, induction , polarization
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Metadata instance created April 29, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Electrostatic Induction

Electrostatic induction is a redistribution of electrical charge in an object. Induction is one way to charge an object (friction or rubbing is another way). The induction process can be confusing to students, and this Physics Classroom tutorial does a terrific job of making it clear. Includes a Q & A set to self-test understanding.

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### The Physics Classroom: Charging by Induction:

Is Supplemented By MIT Physics 8.02: Electrostatics - Charging by Induction

This Java simulation breaks the electrostatic induction process into easy steps: charge separation within the conductor, grounding, and ungrounding. May be viewed as "grass seeds", electric potential lines, or in 3D.

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Has Student Extra Static Electricity: Charging a Two-Sphere System by Induction Using a Negative Object

Need to see it? View the Charging a Two-Sphere System by Induction animation from the Multimedia Physics Studios.

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Has Student Extra Static Electricity: Charging an Electrophorus by Induction Using a Negatively Charged Object

Need to see it? View the Charging an Electrophorus by Induction animation from the Multimedia Physics Studios.

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Has Student Extra Flickr Physics

Visit The Physics Classroom's Flickr Galleries and enjoy a photo overview of the topic of static electricity.

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Has Teaching Guide The Laboratory

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