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Attraction & repulsion with static electricity

Suitable For

Grade 1



Time Required

 <1 Hour



What’s it about?

Did you ever think it would be possible to bend water? It might sound very unlikely, but in fact this can be done quite easily by using the science of static electricity.

Topics covered

Static electricity, Relative humidity

What will I need?

  • COMB
  • TAP

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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When the comb is rubbed against your hair, it is given an electric charge because of the friction. This ‘negative’ charge sets up an opposite, ‘positive’ electric charge in the water and the paper. The water is bent towards the comb and the paper jumps to the comb because the opposite charges ‘attract’ one another. This kind of charge is referred to as static electricity.

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