Balloons and Static Electricity

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Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Contact person: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Age range: 
8-10, 10-12, 12-14
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Estonian, Croatian, Latvian, Basque, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian
Level of difficulty: 
Easy
Level of interaction: 
Medium
Booking required: 
No
 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

Why does a balloon stick to your sweater? Rub a balloon on a sweater, then let go of the balloon and it flies over and sticks to the sweater. View the charges in the sweater, balloons, and the wall.

Learning goals
  • Describe and draw models for common static electricity concepts (transfer of charge, induction, attraction, repulsion, and grounding)
Technical requirements: 

HTML5

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