What is Static Electricity? - Definition, Causes & Uses

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You rub a balloon on your hair. The balloon becomes negatively charged; therefore, your hair:

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1. You are walking on a rug and gain a positive charge. When you touch a neutral doorknob:

2. Lightning does not involve:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many ways to create static electricity. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of how it's created and examples of static electricity. You'll be tested on areas that include positively charged items, lightning, and friction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of static electricity:

  • Conductors
  • Positively charged objects
  • Movement of protons
  • Friction between objects

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as static electricity and discharge
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Triboelectric Effect
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of static electricity

Additional Learning

To learn more about static electricity, review the accompanying lesson, 'What is Static Electricity? - Definition, Causes & Uses.' This lesson covers the following subject areas:

  • Discussion of the Triboelectric Effect
  • How to remove static electricity
  • Examples of static electricity
  • Overview of the Van De Graaff machine
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