Why only gold in leaf electroscope?

In summary, gold is commonly used in leaf electroscope due to its high conductivity and resistance to corrosion. Other metals such as silver, platinum, and copper can also be used, but gold is preferred for its superior properties. Non-metallic materials cannot be used as they lack conductivity and may get damaged easily. The use of gold does not affect the accuracy of results as long as the metal is a good conductor.
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Can some one tell me the speciality of gold for being used in gold leaf electrocscope in spite of being expensive when there are so many cheper metals that fit the bill as it appears to me?
 
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One can make very thin (and therefore very light) sheets of gold ("gold leaf"). The electrostatic forces between small amounts of charge are very small, so it's an advantage to make electroscope leaves as light as possible.
 
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Thanks, I am convinced.
 

Related to Why only gold in leaf electroscope?

1. Why is gold used in leaf electroscope?

Gold is used in leaf electroscope because it is a highly conductive metal that allows for easy flow of electric charge. It is also resistant to corrosion, ensuring the longevity of the instrument.

2. Can other metals be used instead of gold in leaf electroscope?

Yes, other metals such as silver, platinum, and copper can also be used in leaf electroscope. However, gold is the most commonly used metal due to its superior conductivity and durability.

3. Is there a particular reason why only gold is used in leaf electroscope?

There is no specific reason why only gold is used in leaf electroscope. It is simply a preferred choice due to its properties and availability. Other metals may also be used depending on the specific needs and requirements of the experiment.

4. Can non-metallic materials be used in leaf electroscope instead of gold?

No, non-metallic materials cannot be used in leaf electroscope as they do not possess the necessary conductivity for the instrument to function properly. In addition, non-metallic materials may not be able to withstand the electric charge and may get damaged easily.

5. Can the use of gold in leaf electroscope affect the accuracy of the results?

The use of gold in leaf electroscope does not affect the accuracy of the results. As long as the metal is a good conductor, the instrument will function properly and provide accurate readings.

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