Re: Elementary Lecture??
I do a lot of shows in the winter months for young children at local
schools. You can simply describe the TC as transformer that "transforms"
or changes a low voltage from the wall outlet into a high voltage --- like
lightning. At this age it isn't really necessary for them to understand the
complex issues of resonance, reactance, etc. You can compare at TC
discharge to a lightning discharge even though it is high freq AC and not
DC. The discharge patterns are similar.
You can convey the concept of current and/or power by holding a grounded rod
with a small piece of tissue paper drapped over the ground electrode. It
will arc to the electrode and ignite the tissue --- they think this is quite
thrilling. Be sure to have a small jar of water handy to put the flaming
A few miniature marshmellows on a needle held near the operating coil will
produce some nice toasted marshmellows for them. Using RF currents for
cooking (as in a microwave) and cauterizing blood vessels during surgery and
dentistry ---with no pain or muscle jerking due to the high frequency
Our website at www.ResonanceResearch-dot-com
From: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Date: Wednesday, March 03, 1999 2:21 PM
Subject: Elementary Lecture??
>Original Poster: Jamie Mereness <mereness-at-dti-dot-net>
>Thanks for the replies. The simplest questions elicit the most complex
>I still must "Tesla with knowledge" next Tuesday for a bunch of 10 year old
>humans without basic physics. At least during the "Atomic Age" kids
>intrinsically recognized the electron as that elliptical spinning thing
>plastered on all their Space Age consumer goods! I'm worried that, in
>"Post-Modern" times, most children won't understand *anything* without
>explanation, so I will buy a "plasma globe" (snicker) from ta neighborhood
>to evoke the basic concepts.
>I have the opportunity to shape young lives (well, couple of the nerdier
>ones...) and feel a responsibility to teach truth. I've already told
>that no simple combination of physical laws definitively explains Tesla
>and she feels that her students will see this theoretical dissonance as
>vs. off-putting. Perhaps one of them will distill the ultimate equation!
>If any of you science demo guys has an explanation of the coil's activity
>would satisfy the inquisitive 5th grader, I' d still love to hear it.