5B10.80 - Torque on Electric Dipole

Torque on Electric Dipole

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PIRA Classification: 5B10.80

Description: An insulated rod has large PVC and acrylic spheres attached to its ends. When each sphere is charged, a dipole is formed. The dipole is placed between two conducting plates, which are charged with a Wimshurst machine. The rod will align itself with the electric field between the plates.

Special Instructions: Charge PVC with felt, acrylic with plastic. Hold rod in the middle when charging.

Condition: Good

Setup time: 2 minutes

Safety Issues: Make sure to discharge the Wimshurst machine properly or you could receive a shock.