# Chapter 3: ELECTRICAL SAFETY question

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1. ### Unregistered Thread Starter Guest

Chapter 3: ELECTRICAL SAFETY
Shock current path page

Hi I had a question about one of the grounded circuits (The circuit with the 2 people separated by the resistor and the tree touching the top wire) Shock current path page
-top person is safe and bottom person gets shocked

My question is why doesnt the current flow threw the two people and shock both of them instead of flowing threw the tree and the person at the bottom. There is a voltage difference between both people due to the resistor. How is this different then the voltage difference between the person on the bottom wire and the tree due to the power source?

Any feedback will be much appreciated thanks.

2. ### Wendy Moderator

Mar 24, 2008
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Draw the current paths, it will make more sense. The tree is also a resistor.

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3. ### leftyretro Active Member

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I really dislike these pictographs of circuit diagrams for explaining electrical properties. As we saw in a prior posting using them, it leads to so many different impressions and explanations and certainly doesn't seem to help some beginners but rather confuses them. A picture may be worth a thousand words but sometimes a few simple words are better then a bad picture.

If you don't understand it then don't go touching no stinking wires

Lefty

4. ### Wendy Moderator

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We could always show a TV antenna touching some wires, that kills more than its far share of people.

I think the tree being a conductor is what is throwing people off.

5. ### thingmaker3 Retired Moderator

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Looking at the picture for the umpteenth time, I find myself wondering why no current goes through the top person to ground and then through the bottom person... The two people form a series circuit in parallel with the load... One of them is also in parallel with the tree.

6. ### Wendy Moderator

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Because the tree is grounded, and is ground. If it were a wire it would be obvious.

7. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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Bill, is right with this one, the tree is what throws people. The paragraph after the above picture explains why:

Dave

8. ### thingmaker3 Retired Moderator

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Tree. Yes. Duh. Conductor not resistor.

Redrawn:

9. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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So how many volts is that across the supply?

Dave