rivera_isaac
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Static Electricity

Postby rivera_isaac » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:20 am

I am doing the project, "How Well Do Different Materials Create Static Electricity?" The instructions say I need to use a wooden ruler? Would it be possible to use a plastic ruler?

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Re: Static Electricity

Postby bfinio » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:47 pm

Hi - a plastic ruler is more likely to build up its own static electricity, which will affect your measurements. It is best to use a wooden ruler if you have one available. If not, you can try a plastic ruler, but watch closely to see if the ball moves when you bring the plastic ruler close to it. If it does, then you should get a wooden ruler. Hope that helps!


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