Electrostatic Charge Experiment

Product Code: EX-5532


Using classic equipment (a Faraday Ice Pail and Conductive Spheres), students learn to charge objects by direct contact and by induction. The charge is measured using a high impedance electrometer.

Students explore the distribution of charge on different shaped conductive shapes. A sphere with a hole in it is provided to show that no charge resides on the inner surface of the conductor when it is charged.

Topics Covered

  • Methods of Charging
  • Charge Distribution
  • Conservation of Charge


Electrostatic Charge Experiment


Software Required

This product requires PASCO software for data collection and analysis. We recommend the following option(s). For more information on which is right for your classroom, see our Software Comparison: SPARKvue vs. Capstone »

Interface Required

This product requires a PASCO Interface to connect to your computer or device. We recommend the following option(s). For a breakdown of features, capabilities, and additional options, see our Interface Comparison Guide »

Support Documents

Basic Electrometer Manual

Charge Producers and Proof Plane Manual

Conductive Shapes Manual

Conductive Spheres Manual

Electrostatics Voltage Source Manual

Faraday Ice Pail Manual

Manual Downloads

Product Manuals for the Included Products

Conductive Shapes Manual (ES-9061)
(424 KB – .pdf – English)
Conductive Spheres Manual (ES-9059C)
(360 KB – .pdf – English)
Basic Electrometer Manual (ES-9078A)
(379 KB – .pdf – English)
Faraday Ice Pail Manual (ES-9042A)
(43 KB – .pdf – English)
Experiment File
EX-5532 Electrostatic Charge.zip
(13.2 MB – .zip – English)