Hoo Sze Yen Physics SPM 2008Chapter 7: Electricity Page 2 of 8
Activity to observe the pattern of electric fields
When the power supply is turned on, the talcum powder will map the electrical fieldlines
Sesame oil is used because it conducts electricity only at extremely high potentialdifference
The density of the field lines represent the intensity of the electric field
Ping pong ball coated with conducting material
A ping pong ball coated with metallic point is placed centrally between two metallic plates connected to a very high voltage source.
The ball is suspended with nylon string which is an electrical insulator.
When the power supply is turned on, the ball will not move as it is initially
.The charges on both sides neutralize each other.
When the ball is pushed to one of the plates, the ball will
between the platesuntil the power supply is turned off.The frequency of oscillation increases if:
Potential difference of voltage source is increased.
The metallic plates are closer.