5B30.26 - Van de Graaff - Lightening Plate

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Van de Graaff - Lightening Plate
Electrostatic Arcing Across a Gap
Area of Study:
Electricity & Magnetis
Lightening Plate, Van de Graaff Generator.

Stand the plate up against a box or hang the plate from a rod.  Connect one terminal of the lightening plate to the dome of the Van de Graaff, connect the other terminal to the base of the Van de Graaff.  When you turn on the Van de Graaff the electricity will flow along the path of least resistance and thus the gaps in the lightening plate are where the arcing takes place.

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