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Millikan Oil Drop Experiment Simulation

Activity Overview

Students run a simulation on the TI-83+ or TI-84+ graphing calculator to perform a variation of the Millikan Oil Drop Experiment. The goal is to adjust the voltage across parallel plates until a droplet is suspended between the plates. The data can ba analyzed to determine the charge on the droplet.

Before the Activity

Download the program and distribute to all student calculators. If needed, make copies of the handout for students.

During the Activity

All the needed instructions are in the attached PDF files.