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Mini-Quiz: Static Electricity Sparks

by Ron Kurtus (updated 6 September 2020)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Can a small static spark be dangerous?

Yes, because the high voltage can instantly kill you

Only if it ignites some explosive material

No, because it is really not a spark

2. What is a use of the sparks from a Van de Graaf generator?

Demonstration of static electricity in a school lab

They are used to frighten people

Creating precipitation in the air

3. What is the difference between a spark and lightning?

Lightning occurs in summer; sparks in winter

Lightning is just a big spark

Lightning makes noise but sparks don't

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Physics. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

Sparks can be a hazard

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