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Static Electricity Quiz


I. Next to each of the following diagrams indicate whether the two objects will exhibit
REPULSION, ATTRACTION or NOTHING: (6 marks)

1. _______________________
+ + + - + + + - + +
+ - + + + +- + + - +

2. _______________________
+ - + - + - + - + -
- + - + - + - + - +

3. _______________________
+ + - + + - - - + -
+ + + - + - + - - -

4. _______________________
+ + + - + - + - + -
+ - + + + + - + - +

5. _______________________
- + - + - - - - + -
+ - + - + - + - - -

6. _______________________
+ - - - - - + - - -
- + - - - - - - + -

II. Matching (6 marks)


_____ has equal number of protons and electrons A. Positive
_____ is a good conductor B. Negative
_____ is an insulator C. Neutral
_____ has an excess of electrons D. Nucleus
_____ has a lack of electrons E. Copper
_____ the centre of an atom F. Paper
G. Acetate
III. Multiple Choice – circle the best choice (7 marks)

1. Static electric charges are charges that


a) are stationary charges c) flow through wires
b) are produced by batteries d) involve the transfer of protons between atoms

2. Which atomic particle carries a negative charge


a) proton c) electron
b) neutron d) nucleus
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3. A neutral object
a) is repelled by a negatively or a positively charged object
b) is attracted to positively charged objects only
c) is attracted to negatively charged objects only
d) is attracted to either a negatively or a positively charged object

4. The electroscope detects


a) the scope of the electric current
b) negatively charges only
c) static electricity
d) positive charges only

5. What happens when a positively charged rod is brought near a neutral plastic ball?
a) protons on the ball are attracted to the positive rod and move to the near side of the ball
b) the protons on the ball repelled by the positive rod and move to the far side of the ball
c) electrons in the ball are repelled to the far side of the plastic ball
d) electrons in the ball are attracted to the near side of the ball

6. An electric charge that results from the presence of a charged object nearby (no direct contact) is
called
a) a proximal charge c) a neutral charge
b) an induced charge d) a static electric charge

7. A charge resulting from contact between objects is called


a) a contact charge c) conduction
b) induction d) an electric discharge

IV. Interpreting data:


You collected the following data on how many grains of puffed rice were picked up when the
each hard material was rubbed with each soft material.
Plastic bag Wool Silk
Straw 0 5 10
Aluminum rod 0 0 0
Acetate 7 8 12
1. Which hard material is the best insulator? (1 mark)

2. Which combination produces the best static charge? (1 mark)

V. Application:
Name and briefly describe one application of static electricity. (2 marks)
Static Electricity Quiz Key
VI. Next to each of the following diagrams indicate whether the two objects will exhibit
REPLUSION, ATTRACTION or NOTHING: (6 marks)

1. ______ REPLUSION _____


+ + + - + + + - + +
+ - + + + +- + + - +

2. ______ NOTHING_______
+ - + - + - + - + -
- + - + - + - + - +

3. _____ ATTRACTION _____


+ + - + + - - - + -
+ + + - + - + - - -

4. ______ATTRACTION ____
+ + + - + - + - + -
+ - + + + + - + - +

5. ___ ATTRACTION ______


- + - + - - - - + -
+ - + - + - + - - -

6. ______ REPLUSION _____


+ - - - - - + - - -
- + - - - - - - + -
VII. Matching (6 marks)
__ C__ has equal number of protons and electrons
__ E__ is a good conductor H. Positive
I. Negative
__ G__ is an insulator J. Neutral
K. Nucleus
__ B__ has an excess of electrons
L. Copper
__ A__ has a lack of electrons M. Paper
N. Acetate
__ D__ the centre of an atom

VIII. Multiple Choice – circle the best choice (8 marks)


1. Static electric charges are charges that
a) are stationary c) flow through wires
charges d) involve the transfer of protons
b) are produced by batteries between atoms
2. A neutral object
a) is repelled by a charged object
b) is attracted to positive objects only
c) is attracted to negative objects only
d)has equal numbers of protons and electrons
3. The electroscope detects
a) the scope of the electric current
b) negatively charges only
c) static electricity
d) positive charges only

4. Which atomic particle carries a negative charge?


a) proton
b) neutron
c) electron
d) nucleus

5. Where is the safest place to be during a lightning storm?


a) under a tall tree
b) on top of a tall tree
c) under your metal car
d)inside your metal car
6. What happens when a positively charged rod is brought near a neutral plastic ball?
a) protons on the ball are attracted to the positive rod and move to the near side of
the ball
b) the protons on the ball repelled by the positive rod and move to the far side of the
ball
c) electrons in the ball are repelled to the far side of the plastic ball
d)electrons in the ball are attracted to the near side
of the ball
7. An electric charge that results from the presence of a charged object nearby (no direct
contact) is called
a) a proximal charge c) a neutral charge
d) a static electric charge
b)an induced charge
8. A charge resulting from contact between objects is called
a) a contact charge
b) induction
c) conduction
d) an electric discharge