Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in Create Account

The Wimshurst Machine

A Wimshurst electrostatic generator, working on the principle of induction, generates high voltage differences and sparks between two movable electrodes. By increasing the distance between the electrodes, higher potential differences can be built up.

Electrostatic induction refers to the principle that charges in an object (especially a conductor) redistribute themselves in the presence of nearby charges. Opposite charges are attracted to each other, while similar charges are repelled.

Larger charges can be stored by connecting the knobs to Leyden jars which are component parts of the machine.

Comments (1)

I used this machin befor and its very usefull to the teacher to give the pupils the principles charging mmatrials and generating high voltage diffrencesthe most atractive thing in this experement is the sparks.

Posted over 5 years by hazhar

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

Created
February 08, 2010 11:41
Category
Tags
License
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
42654 times

More from MIT Department of Physics Technical Services Group

Magnetizing and Demagnetizing an Iron Rod

Magnetizing and Demagnetizing an Ir...

Added 3 years ago | 00:01:37 | 4723 views

Two Dimensional Collisions

Two Dimensional Collisions

Added 6 years ago | 00:01:19 | 45910 views

Simulation of Magnetic Domains

Simulation of Magnetic Domains

Added 3 years ago | 00:01:54 | 5185 views

A Heat Gun

A Heat Gun

Added 2 years ago | 00:01:17 | 3744 views

Inducing Dipoles with a Van de Graaff Generator

Inducing Dipoles with a Van de Graa...

Added over 6 years ago | 00:02:51 | 46821 views

Spring Paradox

Spring Paradox

Added over 4 years ago | 00:01:01 | 18489 views