Charging by Contact

Charging by Contact

When a negatively charged ebonite rod is rubbed on a metal object, such as a sphere, some of the excess electrons from the rod are transferred to the sphere. Once the electrons are on the metal sphere, where they can move readily, they repel one another and spread out over the sphere’s surface. The insulated stand prevents them from flowing to the earth. When the rod is removed, the sphere is left with a negative charge distributed over its surface. In a similar manner, the sphere will be left with a positive charge after being rubbed with a positively charged rod. In this case, electrons from the sphere would be transferred to the rod. The process of giving one object a net electric charge by placing it in contact with another object that is already charged is known as charging by contact.

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