Electric Charge & Static Electricity | Definition & Examples

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Have you felt the sudden painful jolt you get when you brush someone’s arm? If you have a woollen blanket then you should definitely do this, switch off the light and brush your clothes with the woollen blanket. The amount of sparks that go off will amaze you. Believe it or not, this very phenomenon is also responsible for all the lightning strikes on our planet. So what is it? It is known as Static Electricity. Static electricity can be a nuisance or even a danger. The energy that makes your hair to stand on end can also damage electronic equipments and cause explosions. To understand static electricity, we need to first understand the basics of atoms and electric charge.

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