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Electricity and Magnetism

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nathanstack15

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This past week in Physics C, we started the electricity and magnetism course. It has proven to be very difficult so far, especially when talking about electric fields and finding electric fields at a point by integrating across an object where its charge is uniformly distributed. I am even more scared to start learning about Gauss' Law. Since I do not entirely understand the hard stuff yet, I'll talk about simple electrostatics which can be seen in everyday circumstances. Charging by conduction, for example, occurs when materials become electrically charged by contact. This can be seen by rubbing a balloon against your hair. The atoms in your hair lose their valence electrons, which are transferred to the balloon, leaving your hair positively charged and the balloon negatively charged. If you place the charged balloon to the wall, it will stick because the wall is more positively charged than the balloon, and since opposite charges attract, the balloon sticks to the wall.

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It's a lot of fun to stick the balloon to a cat or dog and see them react to a strange object.

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