1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data From what we've learned, insulators are not able to allow electrons to pass through or exit through them (beside rubbing/friction). So if I have a negatively charged piece of cloth and move a negatively charged metal rod such that they touch, will they both become neutral? That being said can a charged cloth induce a charge on a neutral metal object by contact as shown here: http://www.google.com/webhp?client=ms-android-google&source=android-home 2. Relevant equations None 3. The attempt at a solution I don't think that it can happen as insulators cannot permit the flow of charge in their surface or on them. So they should only hold their charges even when there is contact with a conductor/insulator and if the conductor/insulator is of the opposite charge, then there will be contact but again no charge transfer. Is this correct? Thanks for the help!