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Homework Help: Sifting Sugar Particles

  1. Sep 10, 2005 #1
    I was given a bonus question, but I really can't find the physics reason behind it. The question was: Why do sugar particles, when sifting rigorously deflect? and we were given a hint - similar to hair tangles..

    Can somebody please help me? Thank you.
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  3. Sep 11, 2005 #2
    What is the context? Do you have any other information? It is all quite vague.
  4. Sep 11, 2005 #3


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    Just a rough guess, because I don't know the technical aspect of it, but it sounds as if you're referring to a build-up of electrostatic charges that would repel the crystals from each other.
  5. Sep 12, 2005 #4
    yes, i was kind of thinking it had something to do perhaps with static electricity
  6. Sep 12, 2005 #5
    thanks a bunch, i think i got it :D
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