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Dear respected Sir: i have some difficulty in the following question.

Question: If you rub a coin briskly betweeen your fingers, it will not seem to become charged by friction. Why?

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A coin is conductive.  So, to a degree, are your fingers.  The conductive material cannot hold charge separately and will redistribute it.  Static electricity depends on insulating materials to keep the separated charges apart from one another in charging via friction (search words for further details on charging by contact: triboelectric series).

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Dr. Stephen O. Nelson

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I can answer most basic physics questions, physics questions about science fiction and everyday observations of physics, etc. I'm also usually good for science fair advice (I'm the regional science fair director). I do not answer homework problems. I will occasionally point out where a homework solution went wrong, though. I'm usually good at explaining odd observations that seem counterintuitive, energy science, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, and alternative theories of physics are my specialties.

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I was a physics professor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, research in nuclear technology and nuclear astrophysics. My travelling science show saw over 20,000 students of all ages. I taught physics, nuclear chemistry, radiation safety, vacuum technology, and answer tons of questions as I tour schools encouraging students to consider careers in science. I moved on to a non-academic job with more research just recently.

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Ph. D. from Duke University in physics, research in nuclear astrophysics reactions, gamma-ray astronomy technology, and advanced nuclear reactors.

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