Lecture Demos: Electricity and Magnetism, 5A50.10

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Wimshurst Generator

Wimshurst Generator

This is a Wimshurst static electricity generator which can be used to produce large charges for other experiments or may be used directly to view "mini" lightning bolts of +/- 10 cm. Works best in the winter time and on dry days.

PIRA Code(s): 
5A50.10
Set up time: 
2 minutes
Physics and Science Concepts: 
Electrostatics
Operation: 
Place the four (two large, two small) balls on the poles in the front about 1 inch apart. Turn the crank.
Safety: 
Do not touch any metal portions of the generator

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