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Physics: Charge Transfer

by Texas Instruments - Data Collection with Probes Lesson


  • Students will explore relationships among distance, charge, and time.
  • Students will measure and describe charge transfer by induction and by contact.


  • charge polarity
  • dielectric material
  • electric conductor
  • static electricity

About the Lesson

In this activity, students explore and compare various processes of charge transfer by induction and by contact.
As a result, students will:

  • Explore how the magnitude of an induced charge depends on the distance between the charged object and metal.
  • Investigate the process of discharging or "leakage" of charge over time. Model each of these relationships mathematically.