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Electrostatics

Introduction

Charge, like mass, is a fundamental property of matter. However, unlike mass, which seems to be more or less unchanging, the effects of charge are not always apparent. In fact, we use terms like “charged” or “uncharged” to describe objects when we would not think of using parallel descriptors for mass. In this experiment, you will observe charge separation and transfer and learn how to measure the electric charge of objects.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Use a Charge Sensor and Faraday Pail to measure electric charge.
  • Observe and quantify the separation of electrical charge by friction.
  • Observe and quantify charging by contact.
  • Observe and quantify charging by induction.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Behavior of a Gas
2Heat Engines
3Standing Waves on a String
4Standing Waves in a Column of Air
5Doppler Effect
6Electrostatics
7Coulomb's Law
8Mapping Electric Potential
9Factors Affecting Electrical Resistance
10Series and Parallel Circuits
11Faraday’s Law: Moving Magnet
12Faraday’s Law: Alternating Current
13Capacitors and Inductors
14RLC Circuits
15Curved Mirrors and Images
16Thin Lenses and Real Images
17Thin Lenses and Virtual Images
18Aperture and Depth of Field
19Interference
20Diffraction
21Spectrum of Atomic Hydrogen
22Planck’s Constant

Experiment 6 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics Lab Book

<i>Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics</i> book cover

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