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Plasma

Introduces the state of matter that resembles a gas but has certain properties that gases do not have.

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Escaping electrons? Plasma? What on earth is going on?

Homemade Plasma?

How many phases of matter do you commonly hear about? Most of us know of 3, but few people realize there is actually a fourth state of matter called plasma.  Even though most plasma comes from the sun, plasma can be readily made at home.  (No, not the plasma in your blood, a different plasma.)  Watch the video to visualize.  (WARNING: NO ONE SHOULD TRY THIS AT HOME).

Creative Applications

  1. How do you get to the plasma stage?
  2. What is the difference between the gas stage and the plasma stage?
  3. A microwave heats up food by shooting Electromagnetic Waves(a type of energy) to cook the food. Research the details on how a microwave works.
  4. Why does the grape have to be split in half in order for this to work? 


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http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=818

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