Van de Graaff (VDG) Discharge

Explore how the charging and discharging of a Van de Graaff generator occurs and changes in potential energy.

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Charge up the Van de Graaff generator and drag the discharge wand close enough to form a spark. Potential energy is tracked over time. What happens to the electric potential energy when you charge the Van de Graaff and when the spark occurs?
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Subject
Physics

Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation

Grade Level
High School

License
CC BY 4.0

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© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="Array">The Concord Consortium. Van de Graaff (VDG) Discharge. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2016, November 28.</a>

AIP
Van de Graaff (VDG) Discharge (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2016, November 28), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/Array).

AJP
Van de Graaff (VDG) Discharge (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2016, November 28), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/Array).

APA
Van de Graaff (VDG) Discharge. (2016, November 28). Retrieved 2017, August 16, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/Array

Disclaimer: The Concord Consortium offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure.

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This activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 30 and above), Safari (versions 7 and above), Firefox (version 30 and above), Internet Explorer (version 10 or higher), and Microsoft's Edge.

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Grade Level
High School
Subject
Physics
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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