Capacitor discharge question

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Razor Concepts, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Razor Concepts

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    Oct 7, 2008
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    Say a capacitor is charged and then discharged through a resistor. This cycle happens over and over again many times a second.

    If I place my finger on the positive end of the capacitor, the discharge time rapidly decreases.

    Is this because I am preventing charge from entering the capacitor, or am I speeding up the discharge of the capacitor?
     
  2. SgtWookie

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    Jul 17, 2007
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    You might be providing an alternate path to ground via your finger.

    It's hard to speculate, as you haven't given any details about the circuit.

    I hope you're not experimenting with high voltage circuits.
     
  3. lmartinez

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    Mar 8, 2009
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    To broad of a question... Can you zoom into the particular part of the electrical circuit you might have in mind.
     
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