Physics Traditional: Unit 08 "Electrostatics"

08- Electrostatics
Summary: Be ready to get a charge out of this unit! Warning: This unit may SHOCK you! Okay, enough of the phunny physics puns. We all know that opposites attract, but ca a negative charged balloon attract something neutral, like an aluminum can or even something made of wood? Anyone know what a Tesla coil is? Why a Faraday cage is so important for safe airplane flights as well as for being safe in your car sometimes too. You will be shocked (literally, not a joke) but a Leyden jar, the original capacitor. You'll learn about how lightning works too. Finally, some of the math is tough here, so be prepared to be good at sifting through equations. Think how skilled you will get at word problems!

Resources: Text book chapter 16,17, PowerPoints, Website, handouts

Calendar

Unit 08: Electrostatics

Objectives, Vocabulary & Equations

Objectives, vocabulary & equations

Other important files (resources)

  1. Work Packet

Tutorials (right-click and save file locally ("save target as"), then play)

  1. Notes 08-01: Static electricity introduction
  2. Notes 08-02: Static Phun Day preview
  3. Notes 08-03: Electric fields concepts
  4. Notes 08-04: Electric fields computations & sharp points
  5. Notes 08-06: Faraday cage, Van de Graaff & Leyden jar
  6. Notes 08-08: Lightning
  7. Notes 08-10: Voltage/PE & equations summary/tips

 

More Links

  1. Static equations summary sheet
  2. Notes 08-01: Static electricity introduction
  3. Notes 08-02: Static Phun Day preview
  4. Notes 08-03: Electric fields concepts
  5. Notes 08-04: Electric fields computations & sharp points
  6. Notes 08-06: Faraday cage, Van de Graaff & Leyden jar
  7. Notes 08-08: Lightning
  8. Notes 08-10: Voltage/PE & equations summary/tips
  9. Good overall electrostatics ppt
  10. What an electric field is and what mapping is ppt
  11. Triboelectric series ppt
  12. Good introduction to electrostatics ppt
  13. Great JAVA program showing electric fields
  14. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: Introduction to electrostatics
  15. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: John Travoltage (click on Run Now)
  16. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: John Travoltage (alternative if website is down, save to desktop and run)
  17. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: Balloon Phun (click on Run Now)
  18. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: Balloon Phun (alternative if website is down, save to desktop and run)
  19. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: The mighty electroscope
  20. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: Charging a pith ball with a rubber or glass rod
  21. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: Losing charge
  22. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: Lightning Phun
  23. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: More lightning physics
  24. LAB: Electrostatics Part I: Coulomb's Law
  25. LAB: Electrostatics Part II: Defining the Electric Field
  26. LAB: Electrostatics Part II: Electric Field Mapping Rules
  27. LAB: Electrostatics Part II: Electric Field Line Modeler
  28. LAB: Electrostatics Part II: Visualizing Electric Field Lines (2-d)
  29. LAB: Electrostatics Part II: Visualizing Electric Field Lines (3-d)
  30. LAB: Electrostatics Part II: Electric field hockey (download & run JAR file)
  31. Glenbrook's electrostatic website
  32. KEY to Coulomb's Law Extra Practice Problem
  33. KEY to review guide problems
  34. Good picture of how lightning strike happens
  35. Review questions