# Electric Shock!!!

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by steeve_wai, Sep 25, 2007.

1. ### steeve_wai Thread Starter Active Member

Sep 13, 2007
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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 Senior Member

Apr 2, 2007
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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 Retired Moderator

Nov 17, 2003
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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 Retired Moderator

May 16, 2005
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Just ask all those squirrels and birds!

5. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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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!

Dave

6. ### cumesoftware Senior Member

Apr 27, 2007
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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).

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