Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 22 - Think and Explain: 51

Answer

Tumbling clothes in the dryer become charged when they rub against each other.

Work Step by Step

Different fabrics have differing affinity for electrons, so electrons will be exchanged. (To determine which garment becomes negatively charged and which positively charged, look up the material in a triboelectric table). The oppositely-charged articles of clothing cling together due to electrical attraction.
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