Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Experiment with a Leyden Jar

The Leyden jar is lined inside and out with metal, allowing it to hold an electric charge. The knob at the top of the jar can make electric sparks, or in this case, shock the experimenter.

Thus, Leyden jars were the first capacitors.

An array of Leyden jars, called a "battery" due to their resembling an artillery battery of cannons, became the first, well, battery.

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