Static Electricity

What is static electricity?

Static electricity is the imbalance of electric charges on object’s surface. The charges stay in one area rather than flow around it.

When do we experience static electricity in our every day lives?

When we walk across a rug and then reach to turn a door knob, there is a ZAP! This is an example of static electricity in our daily lives. Some people also refer to this as an “Electric Shock”.

Some more examples are:

  • Pulling clothes out of the dryer
  • Getting out of the car
  • Taking off certain clothes
  • Emptying rice out of its bag
  • Holding the edges of a slide while sliding down it

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