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Measurement of the charge of the electron using a method similar to that used by Robert Millikan. Quantization of the charge is also demonstrated. Results tend to be within 20% of the accepted values.

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Introductory: P17, P23, P24

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Number of set-ups available: 1

Per lab station:

1 PASCO Millikan oil drop apparatus/control plate switch
1 stopwatch
1 flashlight
1 atomizer/oil
1 eye patch
1 stopwatch
1 multimeter
2 banana leads

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