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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
edited by Kristen Coyne
technical implementer: Matthew J. Parry-Hill
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.

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Volta, animation, battery, current, electric cell, electric potential, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of science, interactive simulation, science history, voltaic
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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.

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, edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), WWW Document, (http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/voltaicpile1/index.html).
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Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile, edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/voltaicpile1/index.html>.
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Coyne, K. (Ed.). (2009, December 30). Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from Florida State University: http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/voltaicpile1/index.html
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Coyne, Kristen, ed. Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/voltaicpile1/index.html (accessed 28 July 2014).
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Coyne, Kristen, ed. Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2007. 30 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 28 July 2014 <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/voltaicpile1/index.html>.
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