I know paper changes its dipole molecules so the positively charged side will be exposed to a negative charged comb and then attracted. But how do a paper piece’s molecules change, if paper is a solid?

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“How do a paper piece’s molecules change, if paper is a solid?”

The paper's molecule DOES NOT CHANGE. Instead, the “electron cloud” is slightly shifted in the opposite direction of the comb. This indicates that due to repulsion, the electron in the molecule moves away from the comb. As the electron gets away, there is a charge separation in the piece of paper, and hence it gets attracted to the comb.


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