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Mini-Quiz: Generating Static Electricity

by Ron Kurtus (updated 30 May 2023)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Why is there and insulating handle on the electrophorus' metal plate?

To protect you from the high temperatures of static electricity

The handle is there only for looks

So that the electric charges don't drain off into you

2. When can high voltages be relatively safe?

If you wear rubber soled shoes

If the amount of current (amperes) is very small

If you stay more than 15 inches away

3. What factor helps the Van de Graaff generator to create more static electricity?

The large discharge electrode

The size of the plastic discs

If it is in a lightning storm

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Physics. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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