How much use does your Van de Graaff get? This activity will help your students learn to use it and understand the concepts behind it. The Van de Graaff is a super way to introduce a start to either electrostatics or circuit electricity. If a study of static electricity is in your future, consider starting here!
• Static charges develop well on smooth spheres but tend to leak off of pointed, rough surfaces
• Van de Graaff machines develop static charges.
Static charges can be made visible using common materials.
Van de Graaff machine, foil, rubber bands, string
Extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to.
This lab takes about 40 mins.
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
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