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# Science Lesson 6: How can we

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what causes static toforces?
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## Can you see the force? How do you

know there is a force?
What we know: magnets can push and/or pull on each
other
You cannot see the force
Does a magnet have to touch or come in contact with
other magnetic objects, like a paper clip, in order to
exert a force on them?

## What forces will act on this balloon

if I place it against the wall?

floor

## What happens if I charge it with a

piece of nylon netting?

## The balloon stuck to the wall.

Why do you think this happened? What forces are acting on the balloon now?

## You DO-WORK TIME EXPECTATIONS

You will be working with a partner at two stations to
explore the force acting on the balloon. You MUST follow
the directions for each station and record observations

Lets Discuss-Station 1
Cause-What did you notice when you moved the rubbed balloon over the
Cause-What did you notice when you moved the rubbed balloon over the
Cause-What did you notice when you moved the rubbed balloon over your
EFFECT: The force of attraction is more in some places than other
places

Lets Discuss-Station 2
Cause-What did you hear when you brought other
EFFECT: Crackling If the object is a conductor the
static charge will jump across the air gap making the
crackling sound

Based on your observations, what can we say about the force acting on the balloon?

## There is force acting on the balloon that attracts some

objects which can be felt or heard.

## The force they experience (felt and heard) is called a

static electric force. This force is created when the
balloon was rubbed with nylon netting. Some materials can
become statically charged when rubbed by other
materials.

## Write this in your science journalConclusion

We learned that when you rub a balloon with nylon
netting it becomes statically charged. We know this
because we could feel and hear the charge.

## Add a vocabulary word to your

science journal
A Static electric charge is a force that can be detected
using our senses.