Static Electricity Demonstration

Static Electricity Demonstration

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Caption: After a plastic comb is used for straightening dry hair (or rubbed on wool) it becomes electrically charged. The charge creates an electric field which then induces charge separation in the nearby bits of packing peanuts (expanded polystyrene) thus leading to a net electrostatic attractive force between the bits and the comb.

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