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Conceptual question about (GEM forces)

  1. Dec 14, 2014 #1
    please note- (GEM forces) stand for gravitational or electric forces.

    Under normal circumstances, we are not aware of the gravitational or electric forces between two everyday objects.
    Is this so because of the relative mass of these objects are very small in magnitude, when compared to larger objects like planets....
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  3. Dec 14, 2014 #2
    This would be true for gravitational force. Why do you think gravitational and electric forces should go together in this?
    For electric forces the mass is not relevant.
  4. Dec 14, 2014 #3
    Yes, therefore mass is only relevant to gravitational forces. But I am confused why we are not aware of the electric forces between two everyday objects
  5. Dec 14, 2014 #4
    Because most everyday objects are electrically neutral. They have equal numbers of positive and negative charges so that overall they are neutral, have no net charge.
    The effect of electric forces becomes visible of you somehow produce a (small) imbalance between these charges and the object becomes "charged".
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