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All matter, including non-conductors contain protons (which have a + charge) neutrons ( which have no or 0 charge) and electrons (which have a - charge) The protons and neutrons are 'wrapped up' in the middle of the atom, the nucleus, and so do are not able to move, but the electrons go around the outside of the atom, they orbit the nucleus like our planet orbits the sun, these can move.

If some of the electrons are removed by rubbing a non-conductor then it gains an overall + charge as there is still the same number of protons (+) but now less electrons (-). The reverse is also true if electrons are transferred to a non-conductor then it will have more electrons (-) than protons (+) and therefor have an overall - charge.


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