Static Electricity

We will discuss here about static electricity. Sometime electricity can be generated in non-conducting objects. This type of electricity does not flow like current electricity and remain static at its point of generation. This type of electricity is known as static electricity.

We can generate it very easily by the following methods.

If we comb our dry hair with a plastic hair-comb and hold it near some very small pieces of papers. The papers will jump up and will get attracted to the comb.

Let us do another experiment, take a glass rod. Rub it with a piece of silk cloth. Now hold the glass rod near small pieces of paper. The glass rod will also attract the small bits of paper.

In both the cases static electricity is generated in comb and glass rod due to friction with hair and silk respectively. It is the static electrical energy which causes the attraction of paper bits by the comb and the glass rod.

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