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Gzzzzzt! March 13, 2006

Posted by gordonwatts in physics, university.
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CIMG6183One of the cool things about teaching physics is the demos we get to do. On the last day of class (Friday) I did the Tesla coil. This thing wraps up many of the concepts we’ve been playing with over the last 2 months: Inductors, Transformers, Capacitors, Resistors, and putting it all together in a rather specticular fasion. I’ve a few more pictures on my flickr account. One component — the capacitor and spark-gap chamber — we found in a catalog dated back to 1919 — the bits of this demo are old!!

There is a great web page that describes how a tesla coil works with a cool animated gif. Wikipedia also has a history (though not very well written).

 

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1. Tom en onderwijs » Blog Archive » Tesla coil - March 13, 2006

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2. Tom - March 13, 2006

Beautiful pictures of the spark! I love “old” technology.

Your Flickr says: all rights reserved. Can the pictures be used on educational weblogs (i.e. mine?).


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