The science of static electricity – Anuradha Bhagwat

The science of static electricity – Anuradha Bhagwat

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We’ve all had the experience: you’re walking across a soft carpet, you reach for the doorknob and … ZAP. But what causes this trademark jolt of static electricity? Anuradha Bhagwat sheds light on the phenomenon by examining the nature of matter.

Lesson by Anuradha Bhagwat, animation by Artrake Studio.

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  1. Adrik Kidz
    Adrik Kidz 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    They explain really well and the music helps me concentrate

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  2. Ali Hassan
    Ali Hassan 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    An Engineer told me that Static Current is Good For Health.

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  3. George S
    George S 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Just one problem. The info is wrong! Walking across a carpet does not slough off electrons from yourself; it sloughs off electrons from the carpet. Thus YOU become negatively charged with excess electrons relative to other objects. When you touch the metal doorknob, the excess electrons from your body jump across to the doorknob which creates a shock. Funny that 22K people liked the video which is incorrect. Sorry to be the one to pop your bubble.

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  4. Haima Khatoon
    Haima Khatoon 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Outstanding ..great job

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  5. The Inferno
    The Inferno 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    And that's how I kinda understood static elecrricity

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  6. Nemu
    Nemu 15 May, 2022, 13:09
  7. aksa susan
    aksa susan 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    It has been 7 yrs since this video was posted and still the quality of the content is unmatchable .The most interesting and unique way of teaching physics….. . Had such videos be made for each concept , everyone would have truly loved physics. Such videos should be presented before the children in classrooms so that they can " feel the physics in everyday life " .
    Those who agree with me can like

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  8. Tyreek Hill #1 fan
    Tyreek Hill #1 fan 15 May, 2022, 13:09
  9. Yecto
    Yecto 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    So how do metal gain back it’s electron thats lost
    That thing is not in equilibrium

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  10. Moosa Quadi
    Moosa Quadi 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    why are the people on ted ed so much better at explaining things like this than my teachers?

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  11. Junkyu Takata
    Junkyu Takata 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    hello St. Thomas Aquinas

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  12. Ferhan
    Ferhan 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    that ending 💀

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  13. JiM
    JiM 15 May, 2022, 13:09
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    Cool 15 May, 2022, 13:09
  15. Moksh Surya
    Moksh Surya 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    I had no words to describe Ted Ed work I hope they keep developing and make there way to every children to teach them a better way to live. Thanks Ted Ed 🙂🙏. Iam a student I don't have mony to donate but I can like and share your videos.

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  16. Neha Saxena
    Neha Saxena 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    OMG.. thank you for explaining this perplexing concept so lucidly and touching on the complex physical topics involved briefly and simply!

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  17. Madaba Abbas
    Madaba Abbas 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    why isnt this a science channel

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  18. richard brooks
    richard brooks 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    "we dont know why this happens…" anything but the one true God of Abraham
    Psalm 97:4
    "His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled."

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  19. Hampter CODM
    Hampter CODM 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Well now I know how to get myself struckt by lightning lol 😂😂😂 nice vid btw

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  20. Berry Bonds
    Berry Bonds 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Its true. I doubt the Fukushima Japan disaster is powerful enough to cause the static or all electricity to power the soul in the dirt. But a heart attack from a "storm of time travel will indeed be needed for 'the spirit and soul chakra' to come up through along with something". The "other". Bigger event needs to not stop

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  21. Bat Man
    Bat Man 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Just made my PC do a system restart because I shocked it on accident so I’m watching this now I guess

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    Jamila Jewel L. Pepa�o 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    I love ur videos

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    Great Content My Name Is Zidan 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Cool 😎 video I learned a lot here

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  24. Naresh Kaampaati
    Naresh Kaampaati 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    How protect my self from static electricity

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  25. Purpose in Presence
    Purpose in Presence 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    I need them to brake this down for me on a 3rd grade level…

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  26. Yaozu Li
    Yaozu Li 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Static discharge is the quick electricity created when electrons are moving to a positively charged material to restore the neutral charge equilibrium.

    Thank you TED-ED!

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  27. Malak Abuhashish
    Malak Abuhashish 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Very informative !!

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  28. Alake Savery
    Alake Savery 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    I am watching this video for a quiz 😁

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  29. Calv
    Calv 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    If only school could make stuff like this interesting like how you guys are doing at Ted-Ed

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    crystaltownaz 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Came back for CG's Beast Mode to kick off 2022! 💪🏾

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    Tulshi Kumar 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Hindi me btaeya

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    Tulshi Kumar 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Hindi and english dono me btaiya

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  34. The king
    The king 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Why if you wear boots 👢 and you u don't touch the ground the electric cables can't give you an electric shock?
    I tried but that works

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  35. Shira Sight
    Shira Sight 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Thank-you 👍👍👍

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  36. blackcoffee T
    blackcoffee T 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Music background is distracting…. Otherwise a good presentation

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  37. Bamban15
    Bamban15 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Yesterday I got a PC and while I was taking it out of the box it shocked me (pun not intended)

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  38. Marwan Sabek
    Marwan Sabek 15 May, 2022, 13:09
  39. DRAGON Bmgo
    DRAGON Bmgo 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    And that's how Thanos snapped his fingies and make half universe alive

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  40. 5190 hk
    5190 hk 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    2:43 uhhh, what is that hand

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  41. Sadaf aziz
    Sadaf aziz 15 May, 2022, 13:09

    Ok so positive charge don't do any harm

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