Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Experimenting with Static - Section 1: Introduction


This lesson lends itself very well to guided inquiry.  The standard, Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other, doesn't demand that student have a detailed understanding of how static works at the atomic level, just that they can do an experiment with it.  By demonstrating a fairly simple set up, they can use their imagination to explore what variable interests them without causing you to go to a craft store to buy a ton of supplies.  Just make sure you have a lot of balloons and different things they can cut up on hand.

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Experimenting with Static

Unit 5: Electricity and Magnetism
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: SWBAT design and conduct an experiment with static electricity.

Big Idea: How can you and conduct an experiment with static electricity?

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