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Electrostatic Dusters

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Alyssa Colangelo

on 30 March 2015

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Electrostatic Dusters
Getting rid of the dust in your house can be such a chore, but if you use an electrostatic duster that chore will be no more!
• Electrostatic dusters: cleaning devices usually derived from naturally occurring ostrich feathers to effectively rid surfaces of dust via the science of static electricity. These dusters are common household cleaning items.

• Static electricity: an electric charge at rest, most commonly made, by friction. Static electricity causes flickers of light, crackling, or the attraction of hair and/or dust.

Electrostatic dusters utilize the principles of static electricity to attract dust to the feathers. The feathers ability to conduct electricity is highly efficient of ridding surfaces of dust.
The feathers on the electrostatic duster gain a negative static charge through friction as they move across a wooden surface. The negative charge that accumulates on the feathers attracts the positively charged dust particles which send them "jumping" from the wooden surface to the feathers. The feathers and the dust particles have opposite charges which is the reason why the dust particles stick to the feathers.
The science of electrostatic dusters primarily revolves around static electricity. The electrostatic duster is an instrument used to create static electricity by friction to attract dust particles to the feathers of the duster.

Static electricity can be created in multiple ways; here we are specifically confronting the charging method of friction as the duster moves across the surface. Static electricity begins with the atom retaining or giving up its electrons. Dusters attract the electrons from the dust and therefore become negatively charged, because of this the dust gains a positive charge and attaches to the duster.
By: Alyssa Colangelo & Laura Orsini
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Static electricity is the outcome of an unequal amount of positive and negative charges in an object. The charges have the ability to build up on the surface of the object until there is a way for them to be discharged.
We worked together to collect data concerning each part of this assignment. We each contributed equally to each individual slide.
Friction: the charge made by transferring electric charges by rubbing one substance against another.
What is Static Electricity?
How does an Electrostatic Duster work?
How do Electrostatic Dusters relate to Static Electricity?
What We Contributed
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