Static Electricity

E = Explanation, D = Demo, L = Lab Excercise Q = Quiz,
 Type Resource Title & Description Author
E Insulators & Conductors
This lesson takes you to the atomic level to show the difference in behavior between insulators and conductors.
Steve Wirt
E Charge Theft or Loss
This takes a close look at why electrically charged objects seem to lose charge over time.
Steve Wirt
E Triboelectricity - Charged by Friction!
This looks at how things are charged by frictional contact and the series that compares one substance with another. (Also explains the shuffle your feet and get shocked phenomenon.)
Steve Wirt
D Electrostatics Lab
This is a collection of animated demonstrations that show you what's really happening in many of the classic classroom electrostatics demonstrations.
Steve Wirt
L The Millikan Oil Drop Experiment
This lab lets you actually us charged parallel plates to suspend an oil drop as a way to determine the charge of an electron. [QuickTime]
Steve Wirt
E Coulomb's Law
This deals with the basics of Coulomb's Law which describes the forces between any two point charges.
Steve Wirt
E 3 Charged Particles
This just quickly shows the forces acting on 3 spherical charges placed near each other. [QuickTime]
Steve Wirt
E Electric Force and Fields
A nice applet for dropping test charges. WARNING: This applet has you dropping negative test charges but keep in mind that field directions are defined by POSITIVE test charges. [Java]
Physics 2000
E Electric Field Mapping
This lesson illustrates what an electric field map represents and how to make one.
Steve Wirt
E Electrical Energy and Electrical Potential (not the same thing!)
This lesson looks at electrical potential (potential difference) and compares it to electrical energy. Pay careful attention, they are not the same thing!
Steve Wirt
E Electric Field Strength (Field Intensity)
This lesson looks at electric field strength and what it represents.
Steve Wirt
E Lightning - Large Scale Electrostatics
This lesson examines the basics of lightning and how it relates to electrostatics.
Steve Wirt
E Equipotential Lines
This lesson looks closely at equipotential lines and what they represent.
Steve Wirt
E Charged Parallel Plates
A look at the forces and fields between two oppositely charged parallel plates.
Steve Wirt