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van de graaf generators

the guy

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correct me if i'm wrong but i am under the impression that, put simply, in a van de graaf generator the belt gains electrons from the positive terminal and then the large dome gains electrons from the belt. if it has all these electrons (which have a negative charge), does this not mean that it would gain a negative charge? I'm just confused because on all the diagrams i have seen they put positive signs (+) around the large dome. :confused:

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