Avoid Electric Shock Getting Out of a Car!

Can you avoid static shocks? As part of a larger physics series, an electric video explains what a static shock is and why it happens. Then, the narrator offers an idea for reducing your shock when exiting a car. She also includes a few related variables that many don't consider.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • List and test other ideas for getting rid of static electricity
  • Discuss in more detail why humidity is an important variable
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of static shock and the properties of metals
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  • Applies to everyday life for many people
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classes
  • Provides closed captioning in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish for ease of note taking
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