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Lesson 08 – Experiment: The Force of Static Electricity

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The Force of Static

Have you ever felt a shock after walking across carpet? That shock comes from static electricity. Try this experiment to see what static electricity can do.

What You Need
What You Do
What You Need

  • A sink
  • A plastic comb
  • Medium or long hair

What You Do

  1. Comb the hair at least ten times.
  2. Slowly bring the comb close to a thin stream of water. (Do not let the comb touch the water.) Watch what happens to the water.
  3. Draw the stream of water before the comb got close to it, and after the comb got close to it.

Now Show What You Know!

Complete some questions about the reading selection by clicking “Begin Questions” below.