Physics Dept. Demonstration Manual

DEM02 - Static Electricity, Wimshurst Machine, Van-de-Graaf Generator

Objective: To illustrate demonstration instruments that produce static electricity.  
Apparatus:  
  • Wimshurst machine
  • Van-de-Graaf generator
  • Aluminum sphere


Method:

The students observe and hear the spark that is produced by both Wimshurst machine and Van-de-Graaf generator.

When using the aluminum sphere, the wire from the base of the Van-de-Graaf should be connected to the slot in the aluminum sphere.