• The charged tube causes the neutral paper bits to lift up off the table.

Charged and Neutral Attract

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A charged object attracts a neutral object as witnessed by this sequence of shots. A plastic golf tube holder is charged by rubbing it with synthetic animal fur. The charged tube is then brought near a collection of neutral paper bits at rest on the table. The charged tube and neutral bits of paper attract each other. The attraction lifts the paper bits off the table.

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