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You get a shock when electrons move from a negatively charged surface to a less negatively charged surface. You see a shock then the electrond flow through the air... and ZAP... you feel it too. The electricity has an "easier" time moving though the air when it is dry, so you need less of a charge to get a shock. When there's more moisture in the air, it's tougher! It's the other way around. Moist air conducts electricity better than dry air, so charge bleeds off quickly. When the air is dry, the electrons can hang around on your body for a long time, charging you up to thousands of volts. That can last until you touch something that can conduct them away, like a doorknob or your significant other. Electronics manufacturers have a devil of a time with static jumping onto sensitive parts and damaging them. Electronic assembly areas typically have to keep the humidity above a specified level (maybe 40%) to reduce the charge on the workers.


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Lightning and the electric shock from static electricity are related because lightning is also static electricity.

when certain insulators rub against each other the electrons start moving and that's static electricity. Static electricity is when friction is caused

Particles attract each other through static electricity. Static refers to the 'attraction' between them because the particles "jump" from one surface to the other.

It is static electricity or in other words just static, or just a static charge.

Electricity which are generated due to unbalance in charges in a matter . Charges so created are static and they will not move . Although they are static they will exert force on other charges.Electricity which are generated due to this static charges is known as Static electricity and branch of physics which deals with it is known as Electrostatics.Lightning is an example of Static electricity in nature . Xerox machine works on the principle of Electrostatic principles.

Static electricity is a build up of electrons that are rubbed off by things rubbing against each other. Static electricity is a problem on dry days with low humidity. Even the wind rubbing on cars can build up static electricity, a comb or balloon rubbed against clean hair builds up static electricity and of course lightening is a discharge of static electricity from the clouds to the Earth.

Static electricity attracts dust, soot, and other pollutants form passing air or smoke.

Polyester and various other synthetic fabrics produce static electricity when brushing against other fabrics or body hair. If this bothers you, don't wear it. Cotton is best because it produces the least static.

Because one of the items that is touched has a static charge. Static means that it is stored, not moving. What we experience as a static shock such as touching a door handle in the middle of winter, is actually the transfer of static electricity (from our bodies) to something more conductive (the metal of the doorknob). Up to that time, a static electric potential was stored on the surface of the skin waiting for a chance to leap free.Does this help? If not or if you have other questions, feel free to let me know.

Static electricity can't because first off it all it is the transferreing of electrons to other atoms. It can atucallty pollute the air.

It's -Static Electricity-. When all the moisture is gone, with all the clothes rubbing each other, the friction will create Static. Kinda like rubbing a balloon on your head and putting it on your shirt, it will stick. The drier it is outside the less rubbing it takes and the longer it will last.

Short answer is yes. Static electricity i capable of causing a spark. There are 3 things needed for fire. Fuel, Oxygen and a source of ignition. If the other 2 conditions are met, then static electricity could certainly provide the ignition source.

Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material.The charge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge.Static electricity is named in contrast with current electricity, which flows through wires or other conductors and transmits energy

Static electricity is the buildup of electrical charges on the surface of some object or material. Static electricity is usually created when materials are pulled apart or rubbed together, causing positive (+) charges to collect on one material and negative (−) charges on the other surface. Results from static electricity may be sparks, shocks or materials clinging together.

Low humidity speeds up the formation of static electricity. On the other hand if the air is humid, it slows down formation of static electricity because water molecules attach to the surfaces of objects which slows down the buildup of electrical charges.

Actually, no it doesn't. Static electricity is affected by local climate conditions, the biggest factor being humidity. Static discharges happen much more frequently during the winter because humidity is much lower than it is during other parts of the year. The drier the air is around you, the more likely static buildup will occur. It also depends on the type of clothing you're wearing, as some fabrics allow static buildup to occur much more than others. Fuzzy items are a big static attraction.

Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material. The charge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge. Static electricity is named in contrast with current electricity, which flows through wires or other conductors and transmits energy.

It's called static electricity. Static charges can attract or repel other static charges.

Static electricity could fry your hard drive or many other parts of your computer. If your messing with the inside of your computer it is smart to get a grounding wire or something to get rid of your electricity before entering the computer.

The friction between the positively charged atoms and the negatively charged atoms attract each other so that causes your hair to stand up with static electricity

1 it can be used as an ignition source 2 lightning is a form of static electricity 3 is caused by rubbing 2 or more materials against each other

No. Static electricity is more likely to be caused by movement of materials against each other in a dry environment.

Well i did an experiment, I used blond, gray, dyed and brown hair. The brown hair had more static electricity. I guessthe darker it is the more static it has.*Im not sure this is a guess!

two types: static electricity and current electricity This would be possible but I think that in the future there will be other types of electricity out there mabye in 2020 who knows?

Static electricity happens when two items that are rubbed against each other create electricity. This type of electricity is not controlled and actually quite dangerous.

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