Static Electricity

2011 April 15
by roma

Continuation of misconceptions about electricity from last week. Static electricity is one concept that Bill Beaty keeps focusing on.

- Surface charging or electrification by contact is when one object attracts electrons from another object
- Usually, matter has cancelled charge. But, sometimes charges are separated and uncancelled.
- Charging occurs as a result of contact between surfaces - surfaces must have dissimilar characteristics
- Static electricity is a bit of a misnomer. We are creating an imbalance between quantities of negative and positive stuff. It would be more apt to call it "imbalanced electricity".

Information courtesy of William J. Beaty, http://amasci.com/redgreen.html.

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