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How is electricity made?
Question Date: 2006-01-13
Answer 1:

Thank your for your question. Electricity can be made in a variety of ways. It is important to remember that electricity is just a form of energy. If you've ever rubbed your feet along the carpet in your socks and then touched a metal doorknob or another person you would have experienced static electricity. This is the same as rubbing a balloon on your hair and then getting it to stick or make your hair stand up. However there are other ways of making the electricity that we use in our homes and buildings. Power plants may use natural gas or coal to make steam, which then powers a large fan to generate electricity. Some power plants use nuclear energy from splitting apart uranium atoms. 'Renewable' sources of energy are becoming more popular. Examples of these are using water or wind to power large fans.

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Answer 2:

Electricity is the flow of electrons. Electrons will flow in a direction in which there is an electric field sending them that way and there is a means by which to get there (i.e. a conductor). Electric fields can be created by placing electric charges on objects(an excess of electrons or protons), or alternatively by creating a changing magnetic field, which generates an electric field. Electricity that is produced in a power plant is done with magnets, but lightning is caused by charge separation.

Answer 3:

There are a variety of ways to get electricity, but the basic method is to use some form of mechanical energy like pressurized steam or running water to rotate a loop of conducting wire through a magnetic field (like from a magnet). If you do this in the right way, an electrical current can be generated in the conducting loop. It's a little more complicated in practice but this is a basic outline. Have you ever ridden on a bicycle connected to alight bulb (at a museum, perhaps)? This is the method used to light the light bulb.

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