Unknown Damage to Your Computer

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Unknown Damage to Your Computer Suppose that you are encountering some technical problems with your computer. You figure that maybe you could have a look at the internal components of your pc. You have already made a mistake here. Did you know just a few seconds of exposure of internal computer components to the skin can damage/destroy them eternally? Our bodies gather electrostatic charge from things just as simple as sauntering on your home carpet. They also produce static electricity because of excess electrons being formed. As small as 200 volts of negatively charged particles can destroy a computer chip. On average, your body will only be able to feel a discharge of 2,000 volts. So you could damage your computer and never know. When your computer is affected, the electricity slowly destroys components and disrupts the electric current moving throughout the pc. To understand the concept of static electricity, you must understand the parts of an atom. All objects are made up of atoms and nucleus made up of neutrons and protons. The nucleus is surrounded by circling electrons on the outer shell. In most cases, atoms are neutrally charged (there is the same number of electrons as protons). If an atom has more electrons than protons, it is negatively charged. If an atom has more protons than electrons, it is positively charged. Static electricity is produced from a process known as triboelectrification. To show how much static electricity an object has, it is determined by its position on the triboelectric series. Its position on this scale is determined by how tight the atom is holding the electrons. An atom is more positive in the triboelectric series if a material is more apt to give up electrons when in contact with another material. If a material is more apt to "capture" electrons when in contact with another material, it is more

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