Hello, I just finished the page on static electricity and was just hoping to repeat my understanding of how it actually works. I find I have a hard time remembering concepts like this without attempting to explain them to others. I'd appreciate any feedback on this explanation, as I'm sure it'll go wrong some place Static electricity is created through the imbalance in the amount of electrons and protons between the atoms in two or more items. Normally, an atom has the same number of protons, neutrons and electrons; in this state the atom is considered neutrally charged. When two items are rubbed together, some electrons "jump" from atoms on one material and become part of the atoms in the other material. This action leaves source atoms at an electron deficit and the target atoms at an electron surplus. The atoms with fewer electrons than protons become positively charged and the atoms with greater electrons than protons become negatively charged. Since protons and electrons are naturally attracted to each other and the atoms don't have the charge balance they usually do, the atoms of the two items are attracted to each other and the items "stick". Likewise, since protons don't like to be near other protons and electrons don't like to be near other electrons, atoms of a similar charge repel each other. --- Did I get the basics down? Please feel free to destroy my explanation. Thanks!