Static Electricity
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Static Electricity Projects
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The Electroscope

Build an Electroscope and explain how it works. [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Build an electrophorus, explain how it works and charge with it a homemade electroscope. [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Build an electroscope and demonstrate the existence of two kinds of charges (positive and negative). [E] [E] [E]
Build an electroscope and classify materials according to electrical conductivity (insulators and conductors). [E] [E] [E]
Build an electroscope and compare electron affinities of different materials (triboelectric series). [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Test what distance different electroscopes can sense an electrical charge and what factors affect it. [E] [E]
Build an electronic electroscope (charge detector) and compare its sensibility to a conventional one. [E] [E]
Will the more charge gained through more comb strokes, the further away it will be detected and will a longer antenna increase the detector's sensitivity? [E]

Different Electrostatic Machines

Optimization of the Water Flow Rate in a Clean Energy Electrostatic Power Generator [E]
The Effect of the Shape of an Electrostatic Comb on the Charge Production of a Van de Graaff Generator [E]
Build a Simple Electrostatic Motor [E] [E] [E] [E]
A Revolution in Electrostatic Motors [E]
Build a Wimshurst Influence Machine and improve on the design of the machine through experimentation. [E] [E]
Explore the mechanism of electrostatic induction by repeating Faraday’s "Ice Pail" experiment and explain its applications (Faraday Cage). [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Build and demonstrate a Van de Graaf generator. [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Build a Kelvin Water Dropper. [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Build a Dirod Electrostatic Generators [E] [E]

Miscellany

Will parallel plate electrodes more accurately match the theoretical Paschen curve than spherical electrodes? [E]
Separating mixtures with static electricity [P]
What Materials Conduct Static Electricity Best? [E]
How Do Different Materials React to Static Electricity? [E]
Determine what effects have different weather conditions on the magnitude of a static charge produced by rubbing a comb with various types of cloth. [E]
Test if the number of rubs of wool on a balloon increases or decreases how long the static charge will last. [E]
Can static electricity make a neon light glow? [E] [E] [E] [E]
Determine what was the best method to remove static electricity from different common materials in various environments. [E]
Will a spark arc from an electrical source to the north pole of a magnet. [E]
Build and experiment a cloud charge monitor. [E]
Static Electricity in Different Materials [E] [E] [E]
Investigate and demonstrate lightning [E] [E] [P]
Research static electricity danger at a gas station. [E] [E]
Can a mixture of salt, sugar and pepper be separated using static electricity? [E]
Demonstrate static electricity with rice krispies jumping from a table top (K-3) [E]
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