These Flash files show how electrons flow through a light bulb filamement.
- The first animation is a plain light bulb animation which demonstrates how electrons flowing through a narrow filament encounter resistance, causing the filiment to heat up and expel energy as light and heat.
- The second animation demonstrates the Edison Effect where electrons which flow into a bulb can be attracted to a charged plate and produce a current.
Screen Capture: Lightbulb
Screen Capture: Edison Effect
See the Energy Physics MTO page for additional modules on electricity.
Original Course: INART 55 - History of Electroacoustical Music
Other Uses: This module could also be used in other physics, and engineering courses.
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The .swf Flash animation file and help documents are compressed in a .zip file. Once you download the file, double-click on the .zip file to extract the Files. Open the ReadMe.html file for instructions on posting the Flash file on a Web site or in a course management system.