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Hi,

I have the following question: An uncharged wooden stick is balance on a pivot so that it can rotate freely. If a charged rod is brought close to one end of the stick, the stick will be....

Attracted by the charged rod is the answer.

This has got me confused for a while. Here is my logic, which is evidentley wrong. The wooden stick is an insulator, meaning the electrons are not free to move. If a charged rod, be it postive or negative, is brought near the neutral uncharged wooden stick, the result is a neutral charge compared to a negative charge. So with coulombs law, q1 is 0 and q2 is -x lets say. Therefore the product is 0 and the electrostatic force is 0.

Where am I going wrong???

Thanks

I have the following question: An uncharged wooden stick is balance on a pivot so that it can rotate freely. If a charged rod is brought close to one end of the stick, the stick will be....

Attracted by the charged rod is the answer.

This has got me confused for a while. Here is my logic, which is evidentley wrong. The wooden stick is an insulator, meaning the electrons are not free to move. If a charged rod, be it postive or negative, is brought near the neutral uncharged wooden stick, the result is a neutral charge compared to a negative charge. So with coulombs law, q1 is 0 and q2 is -x lets say. Therefore the product is 0 and the electrostatic force is 0.

Where am I going wrong???

Thanks

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