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In this interactive tutorial, users play with a simulated version of the historic "voltaic pile", commonly considered to be the world's first battery. Constructed by 18th-century scientist Alessandro Volta, the voltaic pile consisted of discs of zinc and copper alternated with pasteboard or leather moistened with brine or vinegar. Each three-disc unit comprised a single electric cell capable of producing a current. Volta's invention of the pile device was momentous because it provided the first consistent source of sustained electric current.
SEE RELATED MATERIALS for a biography of Alessandro Volta and a lab guide for constructing a voltaic pile battery in the classroom.
Mag Lab U is part of a large collection of web-based educational materials for K-20, developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Electricity: A Historical Perspective
It sometimes helps students with concept formation if they can see how early scientists made momentous discoveries. In this tutorial, students play with a simulation of the voltaic pile device invented in 1800 by Volta -- commonly known as the world's first battery. Battery cells can still be assembled using this "recipe". SEE ITEM DIRECTLY BELOW for a lab to construct the voltaic pile device in the classroom.Link to Unit:
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Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile:
Accompanies Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta
A short biography of Alessandro Volta, detailing his contributions to the field of electricity and magnetism.relation by Caroline Hall
Covers the Same Topic As Chymist.com: Batteries
This is a lab guide for constructing five types of batteries in the classroom, one of which is the voltaic pile battery.relation by Caroline Hall
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