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written by Tom Henderson
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.
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.Link to Unit:
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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.relation by Caroline Hall
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.relation by Tom Henderson
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.relation by Tom Henderson
Has Student Extra Flickr Physics
Visit The Physics Classroom's Flickr Galleries and enjoy a photo overview of the topic of static electricity.relation by Tom Henderson
Has Teaching Guide The Laboratory
Looking for a lab that coordinates with this page? Try the Pop Can Induction Lab from The Laboratory.relation by Tom Henderson
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