In Brief:

This demonstration gives a basic introduction to plasma physics. It explains various types of plasmas, characteristics, and some of the basic physics behind plasma. However, given that magnetohydrodynamics are beyond the grasp of even most senior undergraduates, it was decided that no actual mathematical work be included. Plans for the plasma globe are included in the Power Point slides, and the actual globe, along with the necessary equipment, can be obtained from the Outreach Lab in the Hennings Building at the University of British Columbia.

This presentation is intended for students at the grade 11 or grade 12 level, in physics or in electronics. An abbreivated version of this presentation, which leaves out some of the more advanced physics, may be suitable for younger grades.

Circuit Diagram

Lesson Overview (PDF)

Presentation (PPT)