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jacobs ladder

Postby sci-queen » Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:44 am

i have to do a science project and i need to do something with the jacobs ladder i have and i need some ideas on what i can do wit it to make it into a unique project but dont know what i can do!!lookin for some ideas

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Jacob’s ladder

Postby davidkallman2 » Thu Jul 22, 2004 9:16 pm

Hi sci-queen,

Two good websites are and

The first site includes directions on how to build a Jacob’s ladder. The second site talks about three types of Jacob’s ladder.

As for making the above into a science project, some thoughts are:
o Describe the Jacob’s ladder you picked (I’m not sure which of the
three types you had in mind) in the poster.
o Do various measurements on the Jacob’s ladder.
o Describe the various kinds of Jacob’s ladders.

Note: Some care is required if high voltage is used in your Jacob’s ladder.


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Postby shijun » Fri Jul 23, 2004 2:42 pm


I want to second David on his comment that you need to be careful when handling high-voltage apparatus. Please do everything possible to protect yourself and make you (or get someone to help you) know EXACTLY what you are doing!


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Jacob's Ladder

Postby tdaly » Thu Aug 05, 2004 7:27 pm


It is not a good idea to use high-voltage equipment, like Jacob's Ladders, without proper supervision. I would reccomend a less dangerous experiment. For instance, you might measure the conductivity of various friuts using a multi meter. (availiable at the Home Depot and similiar stores for a few bucks) Unless you are working under a electricain or qualified person, I would shy away from the Jacob's ladder idea.


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