# Random electron striking a neutral conductor

• Bruce Haawkins
In summary, when a random electron strikes a neutral conductor, it is likely to be absorbed and increase the voltage of the conductor due to the electron's negative charge. However, if multiple electrons strike the conductor and it is connected to the earth, any excess charge will flow out and prevent a buildup in voltage. This is because most conductors are attached to other conductors and are grounded, allowing any net charge to escape. Therefore, the chances of being electrocuted by charge particle strikes are low due to the surrounding environment.

#### Bruce Haawkins

if a random electron strikes a neutral conductor does it get absorbed and increase the voltage of the conductor

since the electron has a negative charge and the conductor has a neutral charge it makes sense to me that the electron will absorb. However if I had 10 electrons striking the conductor and a nano secound later five and the conductor was connected to the earth, will any of the electrons reflect

You need to be aware that charge particles strike a lot of things, including conductors, all the time. Cosmic rays consist of such particles. So this is not uncommon.

So now, use this experience that you live with everyday to come up with a plausible answer. After all, if charge particle strikes are common, why haven't you been electrocuted yet due to this buildup in voltage? Most conductors are attached to other conductors and other things. Most are grounded. Any net charge that a conductor gets from such strikes will flow out of that conductor. Even one that is isolated is not truly "isolated", because it is surrounded by air, water vapor, etc. where at some point, access charge will be able to escape.

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Bruce Haawkins

## What is a random electron?

A random electron is an electron that is not part of a specific atom or molecule and does not have a specific direction or purpose.

## What is a neutral conductor?

A neutral conductor is a material that has an equal number of positive and negative charges and therefore has no overall electric charge.

## How does a random electron striking a neutral conductor affect the conductor?

When a random electron strikes a neutral conductor, it can transfer its energy to the conductor, causing the atoms in the conductor to vibrate and create heat. This process is known as thermal conduction.

## Can a random electron striking a neutral conductor cause damage?

In most cases, a single random electron striking a neutral conductor will not cause any significant damage. However, if a large number of random electrons strike the conductor at once, it can cause damage to the material, such as melting or burning.

## What is the significance of studying random electron striking a neutral conductor?

Understanding the behavior of random electrons striking neutral conductors is important for various fields of science, such as materials science, electronics, and energy production. It can also help in developing protective measures against potential damage caused by random electron strikes in various technologies.