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Static Electricity

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Topic/Date Lesson; notes, simulations, activities and other resources 

Success Criteria: 

Students should be able to;

Introducing Static Electricity 


Mon Nov 19




Note: Static Electricity Lesson 1.pdf


Investigating Static:  Students will complete investigations to study the principle of static.


Simulation:  https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/balloons

John Travoltage:  https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/travoltage 


-describe the structure of the atom

-describe how positive, negative and neutral charge forms

-define and apply the laws of electrostatics 


-investigate static electricity in the lab

Investigating Static Electricity


Wed Nov 21






Lesson on Charging by contact and Charging by Induction.


Investigation: Charging using a Pith ball Apparatus


Use an app like explain everything or hand write your Hypothesis, Observation and Analysis of the lab and hand it in by the end of class

Static Lab 1.pdf


HW:  Text book  

Read 11.1 What is Static?   p 465-466 Do  Questions 2-8 p 471

Read 11.2 Charging by Friction p 472-473  Do Questions 1-2 p 477






-investigate the effects of a charged rod on a neutral or charged pith ball  

Investigating Charge 


Thurs Nov 22













Investigating Static using Metal Leaf electroscopes


Handin your Hypothesis, Observation and Analysis of the 3 part lab and hand it in by the end of class  Static Lab 2.pdf


Electroscope simulation

video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu-3dkE3g4U




Text book Read Using a Metal Leaf Electroscope p 469



-describe how to charge by contact

-describe how grounding affects charged objects

-describe how an electroscope responds to either positive or negatively charged objects

-describe how to charge an electroscope by induction and grounding


 Mon Nov 26

Discuss how Lightning is generated and how we can protect ourselves and equipment from lightning

1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAemhMEKwE

2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Awp-3CxSU


Describe how we use the laws of electrostatics in 

Spray Painting:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAEGkaqKZhQ 

Electrostatic Precipitator:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcyFY3iAdlw


Text book Questions done in class:  Q 3, 5-8 p 477

Q 1,6,7 p 482






1) Use Success Criteria to Identify key ideas.

 2)  Try these practice tests  Static Electricity Review.pdf

Solutions to Electrostatics Review.pdf


3)  Do text book review.  Self Quiz  Chapter 11  Q 1-18 p 500-501

Review Questions 1-6, 15-20, 23 p 498-499






Other Resources:

Video:   watch -4:42


What makes up an atom?

How does an atom get a charge?

How is a spark generated?

What are practical examples of static electricity?


Watch Bill Nye Static Electricity Video:  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xlp2y9_bill-nye-static-electricity_tech


Dangers and Used of Static: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO1duox4XCM


Watch the following videos and summarize the content in each.

Watch the following video  Senior Physics  Conductors and Insulators:

 1-28:40 min  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bk8Bnyjsoo


Senior Physics Video:  Charging by Induction:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_Hl1g_lnK0


9 Awesome Tricks using Static



 Fun with Tesla Coils:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApAF6zAlv8w


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