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Spin the magnet, light a bulb. The complement to the "Beakman Motor".
Challenge: make the one run the other.
Lots of magnetic and electromagnetism demonstrations with Neodymium
Make some "static electricity" using electronics: Negative ionizers
make great electrostatic power supplies. Power the bottle motor.
Static Electricity Projects, all the High Voltage, low-current stuff in one place.
Also try Links to other electrostatics projects
A tesla coil and a plastic bag
of Argon gas. Create crawling plasma streamers, a "Plasma Globe" like
Eye of the Storm&tm;.
You'll first need to build a Solid State Tesla Coil
Instructions for having fun with 500,000 volts, including
finding a cheap one,
plans sources, FAQ,
For the really big sparks, you're going to need a Tesla Coil
High voltage plasmas: Ball Lightning in your microwave
Demonstrate the 'Maser Theory' of Ball Lightning formation
GENERATOR: The Electrophorus
A simple device which can be used to power the pop-bottle motor.
Lifts a bar magnet from below. Use this to perpetrate a Room Temperature
GENERATOR, Kelvin's Thunderstorm"
An electrostatic generator based
on dribbling water. Also see the INLINE VERSION
Your own picoammeter
. If you already have a digital voltmeter, use it in heretical fashion:
as a nano-amp meter, even measure picoamps.
made from plastic pop bottles.
Who says "static electricity" must remain static, or that it's useless and
sensitive charge detector
Build this simple circuit and detect miniscule levels of electric
charge at large distances. Befuddle onlookers with the the "mysterious
voice commands" trick by holding it and scuffing your shoes on a rug.
Add an electronic linear motor
and a magnet track to your simple maglev
train. Or even use it to drive a wheeled cart along the track.
You can wimp out entirely, and buy a commercial Van de Graaff
Electrostatic Generator Kit. But why not build your own from scratch?
electrostatic device construction
Building 500,000 volt devices in your basement? Avoid these pitfalls.
by Mark Rehorst. No magnets, no magnetism, they use voltage-force.
Almost like wiggling the air itself.
Use a battery to draw red lines on wet yellow paper
"Static electricity" experiments with a roll of tape:
Levitate a magnet dangerously, with High speed rotating
The Duluc Drypile
A "battery" with so many cells that Electrostatic effects appear.
Actually SEE invisible electrostatic fields and magnetic fields by
harnessing the amazing powers of Baby Oil.
with a big capacitor bank
Nobody died from simply reading this. But stay away from actually
performing any of these demos.
High Powered Ultrasound
Shatters water into a fine mist. Collect some in a bowl. Probe it with
high voltage, see what happens.
Egor! Activate the Dehumidifier Array!
Build this and SEE electrostatic fields!
Build this moving-LEDs device which makes the flowing charges visible in
wires. Wouldn't "electricity" be easier to understand if you could SEE it
Incredibly easy way to
make a 100-amp cable.
Around the world, the physics teachers look at this and say
device makes e-fields visible
Idea for dangerous whirling mechanisms which reveal invisible field