OnLine Static Electricity Research
A Treasure Hunt on Static Electricity

created by Mr. Patterson
Patterson's Science World

Introduction | The Questions | Internet Resources

The following website represents a series of online challenges involving static electricity. Each website correlates to the key questions that are found on this site. Link the questions sequentially to the websites that are found at the bottom of the webpage. Being able to research and report on your learning, independently, is a key learning strategy needed for success in the World of Work and in post secondary challenges. Good luck!

  1. 1. Outline the main parts of the atom. Create a chart that summarizes the three parts of an atom, the location for each particle type, and the charge that is found on each.
    2. What is the only particle that can be lost or gained?
    3. What is a charged atom called?
    4. State the law of electric charges.
    5. Why would a charged balloon be attracted to an uncharged wall? Create a diagram to assist in the explanation.
    6. What is a triboelectric series?
    7. State the law of conservation of charges.
    8. There are four projects outlined on this website. Choose two to complete in class. Outline, in lab report form, the process by which the investigations are carried out. Use the lab report format that was covered in class.

  2. Go to the Lightning Applet
    1. How does static electricity build up in clouds?
    2. What is polarization?
    3. What is frictional charging?
    4. Outline the main steps in a lightning strike.
    5. How does a lightning rod work?
    6. Complete the online quiz.

  3. Go to the Lightning Rod Animation.
    1. Look at the images. How does a lightning rod work?

The Internet Resources
  • Static Electricity - Learn about static charge and static shock - This is an information based website with some decent investigations. E2.2 conduct investigations into the transfer of static electric charges by friction, contact, and induction, and produce labelled diagrams to explain the results [PR, AI, C] E3.3 compare and contrast static electricity with alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) (e.g., the charge on a charged electroscope, the charge in a functioning circuit)
  • Lightning applet -
  • Lightning Rod Animation -
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The Big Question
What are three main aspects of this topic? How would you chunk what you learned into clusters or a brainstorm map?

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Last revised Wed Apr 24 11:19:03 US/Pacific 2013