Static Electricity

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Day 1 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Introduce Unit; discuss Charge
    The atom; proton, electron, and neutron (charge and location of each); p+s are tightly bound; e-s can be added and removed from an atom; balanced vs. unbalanced charge; calculating Q (quantity of charge) of an object
  2. Pair Practice: Charge Think Sheet
  3. Lab 1: Action at a Distance
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 1, Parts a and b
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission SE1 on Charges and Atoms



 

Day 2 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Discuss Charge Interactions; demonstrations (balloons), relate to Lab 1 findings; use Charge Interactions Think Sheet
  2. Concept Builder: Charge and Charging
  3. Concept Builder: Getting the Hang of Charge
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 1, Part c
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission SE2 on Interactions Between Charged Objects


 

Day 3 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Discuss Triboelectric Charging
    Method, result, explanation in terms of e- movement; relative e- affinity; demonstrations
  2. Pair Practice: Triboelectric Charging Think Sheet
  3. Lab 2: Sticky Tape Experiments
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 2, Part a
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission SE3 on Triboelectric Charging



 

Day 4 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Review: triboelectric charging; post-lab Lab 2
  2. Discuss Insulators, Conductors, Polarization
  3. Pair Practice: Insulators, Conductors, and Polarization Think Sheet
  4. Concept Builder: Triboelectric Charging
  5. If time allows: Concept Builder: Conductors and Insulators

Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 1, Parts d and e




 

Day 5 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Physics Interactives: Aluminum Can Polarization with Student Activity Sheet
    Do and process; follow up with a Concept Checker
  2. Concept Builder: Conductors and Insulators
  3. Concept Builder: Polarization

Homework/Announcements
  1. Complete all work not finished during class




 

Day 6 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Discuss Charging by Conduction
    Method, result, explanation in terms of e- movement; demonstrations
  2. Discuss Grounding
    Method, result, explanation in terms of e- movement; demonstrations
  3. Pair Practice: Charging by Conduction and Grounding Think Sheet
  4. If time allows, start Minds On Physics: Mission SE4 on Charging by Contact and the Grounding Process
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 2, Parts c and d
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission SE4 on Charging by Contact and the Grounding Process




 

Day 7 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Lab 3: Pop Can Induction
  2. Post-lab and discuss charging by induction
    Method, result, explanation in terms of e- movement; demonstrations
  3. Pair Practice: Charging by Induction think Sheet
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 2, Part b
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission SE5 on Charging by Induction - Pop Can Induction




 

Day 8 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Review Charging by Induction; more demonstrations/discussion
  2. Lab 4: Charging by Induction
    Do and post-lab
  3. Minds On Physics: Mission SE7 on Charging by Contact - Electrophorus Plate
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Minds On Physics: Mission SE7 on Charging by Contact - Electrophorus Plate (if not completed in class)
  2. Concept Builder: Charging by Induction (Apprentice Level only)




 

Day 9 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Introduce Coulomb's Law
    Review charge interactions; action at a distance; equation, proportionalities, proportionality constant (k); do problems #1-10 from Coulomb's Law Think Sheet
  2. Review all three charging methods: triboelectric charging ("friction"), conduction, induction
  3. Physics Interactives: Name That Charge
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 3, Parts a and b
  2. If not completed in class, finish Name That Charge




 

Day 10 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Review Coulomb's Law; finish Coulomb's Law Think Sheet
  2. Concept Builder: Coulomb's Law
  3. CalcPad - Static Electricity 1: Coulomb's Law
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 4, Parts a and b
  2. Finish CalcPad - Static Electricity 1: Coulomb's Law (if not done in class)



 

Day 11 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Discuss Electric Field Strength (E)
    Action at a distance, variables affecting E; equations; units, test charge vs. source charge
  2. Pair Practice: Electric Field Think Sheet
  3. Concept Builder: Electric Field Intensity
  4. If time allows: Physics Interactives: Electric Field Hockey (with built-in Task Tracking)
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. CalcPad - Static Electricity 2: Electric Field Strength




 

Day 12 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
  1. Physics Interactives: Electric Field Lines with Student Activity Sheet
    Do and process
  2. Pair Practice: Electric Field Lines Think Sheet
  3. Electric Field Lines Concept Checker
  4. If time allows: Physics Interactives: Electric Field Hockey
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Static Electricity: Lesson 4, Part c
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission SE12 on Electric Field Lines




 

Day 13 of Static Electricity

Lesson Plan
Review day: this is a chance for students to process ideas, work independently or together, and prepare for exam. Suggested online review activities include:
 
  1. Concept Builder: Electric Field
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission SE6 on Charging by Induction - a Single Sphere
  3. Minds On Physics: Mission SE8 on Coulomb's Law Equation as a Guide to Thinking
  4. Minds On Physics: Mission SE10 on Electric Field
  5. Minds On Physics: Mission SE11 on Electric Field Equation
  6. Physics Interactives: Charging with Concept Checker
  7. Physics Interactives: Coulomb's Law with Concept Checker
  8. CalcPad - Static Electricity 3: Review
  9. The Review Session - Static Electricity

NOTE: The above assignments are intended as optional review assignments and not required assignments.

Homework/Announcements
  1. Prepare for Tomorrow's Test
  2. Complete all unfinished work