Simple Physics: Why Do You Sometimes Feel a Shock When You Touch Your Furry Pet?

Perhaps you have had a ‘hair-raising’ experience when you took off your hat on a dry winter day! Or maybe you have seen a balloon stick to the wall after you rubbed it against your clothing. Why do these things occur? Is it magic? No, it’s static electricity!

To fully comprehend static electricity, one must first understand the fundamentals of atoms and magnetism. All physical objects have atoms. An atom is made up of protons, electrons and neutrons. Protons are positively charged, electrons are negatively charged and neutrons are neutral. Opposite charg
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