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WFU Physics Lecture Demonstrations

Wimshurst Machine

PIRA 5A50.10

Image:

Photo of Demo

Description:

By turning the crank (SMOOTHLY!) on the back, brushes on oppositely rotating plates will collect collect and transfer static to the lenden jars in the front.  This charge can then be used for other charge demonstrations or discharged through a large spark between the movable knobs. 

Recipe and
Location:

Wimshirst Machine

Video:

Streaming Video:

None

MPG Video:

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Real Video:

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Notes:

All the electrostatic demos work better in dry weather (winter).

Dim the lights to see the spark well.

 

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