What Causes Static Electricity?

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Static electricity is caused when materials are pulled apart or rubbed together, causing a positive (+) charge. It is described as the buildup of electrical charges on the surface of an object.
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What Causes Static Electricity?
Static electricity results from electrons being knocked off of the surface of atoms, which leaves a net positive charge. Learn about conductors and insulators in static electricity with help from a science teacher in this free video on physical science.... More »
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Static electricity is usually caused by friction. When two objects rub against each other, they will sometimes build up an electrical charge that needs to be used or it will eventually dissipate on it's own.
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