Electric Shock!!!

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  1. steeve_wai

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    all about circuits states that "Electric shock can only occur when contact is made between two points of a circuit; when voltage is applied across a victim's body."

    so if i hold an overhead wire with both hands and hang from it without touching anything else,i wont get an electric shock ...right?
     
  2. recca02

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    exactly!!
    there must be a path for electrons to complete the cicuit
    i;e to travel from higher potential to lower,
    if u touch the wire even with any of ur hand not necessarily both u are at the same potential as that of wire.
     
  3. Dave

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    You are a high resistance path in parallel with the wire. Do the relevant maths using Ohm's Law and parallel resistor equations and this will demonstrate the point clearly.

    Dave
     
  4. thingmaker3

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    Just ask all those squirrels and birds!:D
     
  5. Dave

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    Strangely enough, something I was explaining to my missus today as she commented that 'no birds had come near our new house'. Needless to say she didn't pay a blind bit of notice! :D

    Dave
     
  6. cumesoftware

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    Should the term shock aplly to a significant voltage/current? I mean, there is always a path that electron will biase, even if the source is a 12V battery (current will be very small, thought).
     
  7. thingmaker3

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