Conductors are materials that allow the flow of electric current, whereas insulators do not. While conductors and insulators are different in that respect, their similarity is in their makeup of atoms. It is these atoms ... More » Science Physics Electricity

Oil, fur, silk, wool, rubber, glass, plastic, wood, paper, wax and ebonite are good insulators. Insulators are substances with tightly bound outer electrons and heavily resist the flow of electrons. Most nonmetals are cl... More » Home & Garden Heating & Cooling

Rubber is a good insulator because it prevents electrons from moving through it easily and gaining energy, which causes an electrical charge. Electrons are transferred to rubber, but they cannot move fast enough to gain ... More » Science Chemistry
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Resistors utilize both conductive and non-conductive materials in order to restrict or limit the flow of electrical current being passed through them. Typically constructed using metal alloys as well as carbon or ceramic... More » Science Physics Electricity

Static electricity is the build up and transfer of charges between insulators. Charges are built up in objects when they lose or gain electrons. To acquire a charge in static electricity, two neutral objects are rubbed t... More » Science Physics Electricity