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What is in the Ground to Support Electrostatic Discharge

12/13/2014 9:05 PM

To answer the question of a 5th grader could be difficult sometimes but trivial.

What is in the ground that it is able to handle electrostatic discharge (positive and negative). How come it behaves like that?

I bet some electrical engineers, physicist and technicians already got their diploma (even masters) without knowing the reason behind- some already died without knowing.

I also don't know the answer of the question.

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12/13/2014 9:10 PM

It sort of like pouring a glass of water in the ocean.

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12/13/2014 9:22 PM

Certainly, but kids are a little bit tougher nowadays. If you answer such, the probable next question is "How come?" or "Why?", and by the time you have the answer - the why does not end there.

It's a tough job to be a dad.

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12/13/2014 9:30 PM

Show your son how to use google - or set a good example by using it to do your own research first? Kids aren't tougher these days - unless 'tough' means asking others to hand them their knowledge on a silver platter without their lifting a finger.

I googled 'electrostatic discharge' just now and I got: About 1,040,000 results (0.26 seconds). That is more information at your fingertips about just this one topic than fills the Library of Congress.

Now why is it that neither one of you can bring yourself to type two words in Google's search bar and read the results?

Kids are tougher these days?

As compared to what?

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12/13/2014 9:35 PM

High pressure is bad in the evening, causes sleepless night. Oh well, just disregard the questions if it means senseless or useless to you. Have a good night sleep. Peace.

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12/14/2014 7:52 AM

"How come?" or "Why?"

A wise mother once responded, "Because."

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12/14/2014 8:18 AM

I understand, I am sorry for not knowing you all too well. I don't mean it, I thought I am conversing with men. I apologize.

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12/14/2014 1:36 PM

Surprise. I'm still a child (at least at heart).

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12/15/2014 9:20 AM

Noudge:

Children live up to the lowest expectations required of them and we are all children at heart.

We are just older "children" that do not have to answer directly to parents.

The analogy of pouring a glass of water into the ocean is actually a very good one.

The ground (earth) due to the very large physical size and space it occupies provides a large reservoir of atoms which contain enough electron vacancies (holes) to absorb the free electrons presented by static discharge(s).

This does not mean that the ground is not damaged at the point where the static enters the ground as evidenced by holes, depressions, and remnants of molten materials at the site of a lightning strike.

I hope this helps.

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12/14/2014 10:31 PM

by the time my sister was 2 she prefaced each of her questions with "why because..."

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12/13/2014 9:15 PM

"I bet some electrical engineers, physicist and technicians already got their diploma (even masters) without knowing the reason behind- some already died without knowing."

Unlikely. We covered this in 7th grade and we didn't even have Google then.

"I also don't know the answer of the question."

Why not? You've the entire Internet at your disposal. All we had is a junior-high science textbook.

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12/13/2014 9:25 PM

Good for you. Mind if you tell me so.? if you know this in the series of 3 why question after your answer, it would satisfy my finding.

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12/14/2014 1:40 AM

You've practically all the world's knowledge literally at your fingertips, and you're still asking for someone to tell you?

You're like a man at a sumptuous banquet, surrounded by an abundance that boggles the mind, yet starving. You put your hand to the bowl but won't bring it to your mouth, waiting instead to be spoon-fed by someone else; sitting at a feast but choosing famine. Your access to knowledge is unprecedented in all of Human History; there are countless generations of people who would have sold their souls to have what you have access to, a wealth of nearly limitless knowledge, yet you'll have none of it. Surrounded by abundance, you opt for poverty.

This

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12/14/2014 1:50 AM

Wow, what a word.

What is it? feast- of woman you mean? Where?

Good dawn!

At poverty, I have only soul, why would I sell it?

I do not own any - I ask for it, I was born naked awhile ago a little while, I will be naked(departing).

What would I bring? - Nothing , I have only choice with me. Either or Neither Nor.

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12/13/2014 9:17 PM

What do you mean?

Your question is senseless.

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12/13/2014 9:30 PM

To you may be.

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12/14/2014 1:42 AM

An opposite charge.

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12/14/2014 3:37 AM

Dirt.

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12/14/2014 6:53 AM

A what?

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12/14/2014 2:48 PM

Dirt. That's what makes up the ground. The earth. Where the static charge goes.

Have your child read about it. Let them use your PC to do the research.

You won't miss anything here.

Parenthood is not for sissies. I'll be 76 (maybe) when the youngest one of my "new" kids graduates from high school. Tell me how tough it is to be a dad.

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12/15/2014 11:36 AM

Yes, noted Dad! Just kidding

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12/15/2014 3:26 PM

"I'll be 76 (maybe) ..."

Funny, I thought you were older than that.

"... when the youngest one of my "new" kids graduates from high school. Tell me how tough it is to be a dad"

Especially after spending all day in the fields sowing wild oats. Heehee

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12/14/2014 11:03 PM

Electricity is a flow of electrons.

An electrical charge is either positive,which means a deficit of electrons,or

negative,which means a surplus of electrons.

The Earth(the ground) has an almost infinite supply of uncharged,balanced

molecules,which can readily accept either a negative or positive charge,and disperse

it over a wide area,thereby neutralizing the charge.

Either polarity is readily absorbed like putting a drop of ink in the ocean.

Red ink can represent the positive charge,black ink can represent the negative

charge, if it helps your 5th grader to visualize it.

Take a clear glass,and put chlorine bleach in it.

Add a drop of black ink and see what happens.

Then add a drop of red ink and see what happens.

The ink color quickly disappears.

Not the same process,but a visual demonstration that may appeal to a 5th grader.

That is a simple as I can make it.

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12/15/2014 11:44 AM

Thanks for the wonderful explanation, I owe you one. "ground has almost an infinite supply of balanced and uncharged molecule".

You mean to say the bigger the reacting body to a smaller one the lesser it to influence the static charge of the larger, either you will put positive or negative charge does not matter with the big one? Right?

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12/15/2014 11:52 AM

Right.

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12/15/2014 4:44 PM

That was a wonderful explanation HiTek, probably better than he would have found without a lot of looking, but at least he could have looked. Since it seems he is averse to doing that himself...I thought I would help him out by telling him where he can purchase some ink:

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/inks/higgins-inks-and-sets/higgins-inks.htm?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping&gclid=CKiL-4iAycICFepaMgodWw8AGw

Sorry Noudge79, I could not resist the temptation to do that. I am not offended you asked for some help how to explain things to kids in creative ways that your kids would like.

I have four children and my youngest is a senior in HS this year. It is bitter sweet and I remember asking how to explain things to my kids once or twice over the last 28 years.

Sorry about the ink joke, I hope you can find some humor in it, I did.

Good Luck with your children.

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12/15/2014 11:36 PM

Yes Massey it's okay. I apologize. I really respect and with high regards with the people in cr4 and it's members.

Two heads are always better than one, the better the many.

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