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Static Electricity

 
The science of static electricity link YouTube. 4 mins via TED-Ed  
       
Animation of electron movement in conductors and insulators
This illustrates why a charged object can attract a neutral object.
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How to make a balloon stick to a wall.
Explained in terms of movement of charge
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Charging by Induction Applets
Explained in terms of movement of electrons
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Another perspective
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Charging a Gold Leaf Electroscope and two metal spheres MyYouTube. 10 mins  
       
Discussing Coulomb's Law MyYouTube. 10 mins  
       
Electric Field Lines      
Electric field between 2 point charges
Just follow instructions to trace electric field pattern
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Similar to above
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Ditto
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Electric field between two parallel plates From absorblearning.com
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Play the game
Click on the main window to place electric field lines, then guess the nature of the invisible charge
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Set ‘Setup’ to ‘Charged Plate Pair’, tick on ‘Flat View’, and set ‘Floor View’ to ‘No Lines’.
Useful to illustrate what should happen with the semolina and oil demonstration.
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Demonstrating Electric Field lines MyYoutube7 mins  
       
Charge resides on the outside of a conductor
Demonstration. 1 minute, from MIT tv
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Distribution of charge on a pear-shaped conductor
Demonstration. 1 minute, from MIT tv
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Faraday cage

Shorter but impressive. Youtube 30 seconds

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And if the previous link doesn't qualify as performance art, this certainly does - setting two Tesla Coils to music. YouTube. 40 mins
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Tesla Coil and Faraday cage
Mad. Just mad. Youtube. 1 minute
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Nice demonstration showing all field lines reside on the outside of a Faraday cage From MIT. 1 minute 4 Star

Linemen wear a Faraday-cage suit

"Linemen" are so called because they fix high voltage powerlines. Youtube. 3 minutes.
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Ben Franklin discovers the link between static electricity and lightning. It was a seminal moment in the history of Science. Youtube 4 Star
       
Applications of Static Electricity      
How a photocopier works Youtube. 3 mins. You don't need to know this.
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Fun Fly Stick Youtube. 3 mins. 4 Star
A model of an electrostatic precipitator
Youtube. 4 mins
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Nuisance effects of Static Electricity    
Static build up caused by Friction:
John Travoltage? Watch as the movie-star gives himself a nasty surprise.
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Hospital bans Crocs shocker!
A Swedish hospital wants to ban its staff from wearing Crocs plastic clogs. Newspaper report
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Lady causes an explosion at a petrol station
Youtube. 1 minute
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Man builds up 40,000 volts.
By walking on a carpet.
Newspaper report

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Static electricity dangers associated with a helicopter
Youtube. 4 minutes
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Helicopter doing bucket drops on the Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico.
Can you spot the static electricity discharge?Youtube. 1 min
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Static electricity dangers associated with refuelling a plane Youtube. 1 min
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Static electricity generated from a high-flying kite
Short (1 min) YouTube video
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lightning      
Short animation describing how lightning works
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Slo'mo film of a lightning strike. Notice there's more going on than first appears.  
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The Van de Graff
Explanation of how it works
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My attempt at explaining this MyYouTube. 5 mins
Just having fun MyYouTube. 30 secs. Series of images uploaded to animoto  
Some fun activities from Hyperphysics
Lots of fun with hair, cereal, light-bulbs etc
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Why Static Electricity demonstrations can often fail to work MyYouTube. 4 mins  
More silly stuff with static electricity demonstrations MyYouTube. 4 mins  
Using various online resources
MyYoutube. 4 minutes