The Lab Report – Static Electricity

Welcome to The Lab Report, sponsored by Apologia Science. This week has us experimenting with static electricity. You have probably experienced static electricity at work when you have walked across a carpeted area in the winter and then touched a door knob or someone else creating a shock you can feel, see and hear. The shock is caused by a build up of negative electrons gathered off of the carpeting. When  you touch something with a weaker or positive charge, the transfer of electrons caused a static electrical shock.

Let’s look at another, less painful, way to experiment with static electricity.


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Try this experiment at home. Do you have different results if you change the size of the balloon, the length of hair, the size or weight of the can?

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