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Students can plan and conduct an investigation using the Static Spheres in conjunction with other items to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
Students can use the Static Spheres in an investigation to ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
Students can use the Static Spheres to develop a model to describe the concept that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.
Students can use the Static Spheres to model two objects interacting through static electric fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.
Students can plan and conduct an investigation about static electricity. Use a variety of materials (like an inflated balloon, assorted fabrics, hair, etc.) to charge the spheres. Students can make observations and predictions about the observable properties. How does the collision of the spheres affect the static charge?
Students can use the Static Spheres to explore static charge. Hold the Static Spheres next to an electrostatic generator—one globe attracts the spheres into a tight group, the other repels them.
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