Explore the Static Electricity resource and perform the activities on this sheet to understand more about the nature and characteristics of static electricity. Take notes by answering the questions. Be prepared to discuss your answers.
Part 1: Static Electricity
What are three examples of static electricity?
When is there a positive charge?
When is there a negative charge
What role does friction play in static electricity?
When do objects attract each other?
When do objects repel each other?
Part 2: Opposite Charges Attract
Describe what happens to the pieces of paper in this activity.
Explain the role of negative and positive charges in the results of the experiment.
Explain the meaning of the statement: “You cannot see electricity, but you can see what it does.”
Part 3: Like Charges Repel Activity
Describe what happens to the combs in the Like Charges Repel experiment.
Describe the charges of the combs in the activity. Draw an illustration below and label the charges of each comb.
How long do you think the combs will stay “charged?” How could you find out?