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by Michel Maussion - University of Nantes - France

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Charging and discharging by Contact

Charging by Contact



Par several times
the electroscope plate
with an electrified straw.


By moving away the straw
leaves remain apart.

  This operation is a little bit arduous because only the charges of the point of
  contact can pass into the electroscope where they spread over the plate and
  the leaves. It is easier to proceed indirecly as in the following :



Approach an electrified straw
interposing a piece of aluminium.
Make contact with the plate.


Pull together the straw
and the metal :
leaves remain apart.


Discharging the electroscope



Charged electroscope


Touch the plate with your finger :
the leaves fall.

See video (DivX Codec) 354 ko or 39 ko.

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